We love our city Bengaluru and as locals would love to share a few places that we have personally grown up seeing and being a part of.
This list is ever-growing and updating, so feel free to comment on any place that you love in Bangalore.
Things to see in Bangalore.
|Run/Climb the ‘Peninsular Gneiss’ – 3000 million year old rock formation
|See the Kempegowda Tower located on the rock. Marked the boundaries of Bengaluru when Kempegowda established the city. Three other towers are in Ulsoor, Mekhri Circle & Kempambudhi Lake
|Stroll in the Bonsai garden opposite the rock
|See the Glass House that was built keeping in mind London’s Crystal Palace which was burnt in 1930s. The glass house was built in Spain & was brought to India in parts and assembled here. Checkout some award winning plants & trees generally kept around the Glass House garden. Go see a flower shows that happen on Republic & Independence Day.
|Walk around the paths & soak in the beautiful gardens that were commissioned by Hyder Ali in the 18th century
|Spot a 200 year old White Silk Cotton tree
|Spot Snow White in her cottage with the seven dwarfs around a HMT Clock. Spot Krishna Wodeyar statue
|Listen to a Band that sometimes plays the national anthem on Sundays in the historical Band Stand
|Smell (from far) and see the plenty of roses in the Rose Garden
|Shop local fruits & veggies from the Horticulture center or vendors near the West Gate
|Sit and see birds & lotus in the Lalbagh Lake
|Eat breakfast at MTR or afternoon’s famous Thali
|Historically the great beautiful green “Wall” to divide the Bengaluru city residence & the British settlements
|Sheshadri Iyer Public Library
|Statues of Dr. Ambedkar, Queen Victoria, Sheshadri Iyer, Chamarajendra Wodeyar, Sri Mark Cubbon
|Experience the Toy Train (if operating)
|Stroll around and chill in the gardens
|Kempegowda Tower outside Cubbon Park
|Sampangi Rama Nagar
|Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
|Pretty good stuff, great for kids too. Loads of activities for them to try
|Vidhana Soudha and High Court (Attara Kacheri)
|Neo-Dravidian style of architecture ( British, Dravidian, and Indo-Islamic architectural styles). Miss the days when we could walk inside and eat hot hot Murmure & peanuts
|Also checkout Vikas Soudha next to it.
|India Coffee House
|Go down the road from Vidhana Soudha and drink filter coffee. Also add an egg omelet to the order
|Sree Kanteerava Stadium
|Open for Sunday walks
|Venkatappa Art Gallery and Government Museum
|Art gallery for all art lovers
|Again a Paradise for Art lovers! HAVE to attend their yearly festival where the streets are filled with paintings from local artist. AMAZING
|Have to go!!
|Attend a show of your choice. Checkout the timings of different shows and plan accordingly. The star-y night sky at the beginning of each show is like a dream
|View from there, small fort
|Tippu’s Summer Palace
|Wood palace, see colors and wood carving. Cool all the time.
|Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple
|Chola Period temple. Vijayanagara style.
|Largest Nandi in the world
|Stoll around, eat bhel, spot Shivaji’s statue
|Kadu Malleshwara Temple
|Sri Kaadu Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, name of temple means ‘The god on top of the forest hill’ – Mallikarjuna or Lord Shiva Spot a rock with Chhatrapati Shivaji picture. Venkoji (Shivaji’s brother) warning about the protection of temple. See Nandi.
|Shivoham Shiva Temple
|Large Shiva Statue (old airport road)
|Have to goo!!
|St. Mary’s Basilica
|St. Francis Xavier Church & Joseph Church
|Hajee Sir Ismail Sait Masjid
|Built by Bangalore’s famous Philanthropist Sir Ismail Sait.
|Holy Ghost Church
|Walk, shop, chill. Eat Cucumber-Pineapple-Raw Mango in Green chutney street food sold (a guys stands near Tamanna Boutique)
|Fancy clothes, quilts, Kashmiri boutiques
|Shivaji Nagar Bus stand & Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospital
|OPH Road – Taj Hotel
|Old and not very clean but try their biryani & tea
|Walk, eat Jackfruit (after all the area is named after the fruit)
|Central street or Church Street. Eat Ghee Rice, Dal & Chicken fry. Eat Bheja Fry. Eat Sharwarma, Eat Sweet Pan. Eat everything.
|OLD BENGALURU!!! GOOO! List to Musafir Stories episode on Old Bangalore on it.
|Silk Saree, clothes, lengha, laces, fruits, bags, baskets, lights, chemicals, paints, antiques. Name it and you’ll get it here.
|Good place for Books and Stationary, wedding things from cards – fancy packaging too.
|Can see Silk weaving being done but need to know people
|Jamia Masjid in Taramandalpet – famous rockets of Tippu Sultan were created here.
|Tawwakal Mastan Dargha
|Dharmaraya Swamy Temple
|Jayanagar 4th Block
|Eat boiled peanuts, jackfruit and checkout the local market selling flowers, fruits, antiques, clothes, jewelry and all.
Drink juice at Ganesh Juice Shop
Grill Veg Sandwich at Cool Joint
Chocolate Cheese or Dahi sandwich at Hari Sandwich
Sugar Cane juice at Cane-o-la
Shop chips and food at Shenoy Stores
|KR Puram Flower market
|Be there at least by 6am
|Need to see and Need to know where it is! (apart from the ones above)
|St Philomenas Hospital
|Sapphire Toy Shop
|Anil Kumble Circle
|Lakeview Milk Bar
|Rangoli Metro Art Center
|RBANM School & house
|Taj MG Raod, Conrad-Prestige Building
|Thoms Bakery (Plum Cake, Donuts, Cakes, banana Chips)
|Albert Bakery – Mutton Samosas
|Majestic Bus Stand
|Ashoka Pillar, Jayanagar
|Azim Premji University
|St Joseph Hospital
|Some famous resturants
|Vidyarthi Bhavan (Dosa)
|Bhramins (idly with chutney and filter coffee)
|Tazaa Thindi (idly, vada, coffee)
|Janardhan restaurant (Dosa)
|Airlines (Dosa, chats)
|Koshy’s (fish and chips)
|Hard rock cafe
|Shivaji Military Hotel (Biryani)
|The hole in the wall
|Dyu Art Café
|Egg Factory (best is St.Marks Road, widow spot)
|Truffles (burgers, pasta)
|Glens Bakehouse (mini cupcakes)
|Street Momos in HRBR
|Sugar Cane in Cane-o-la
|Shiv Sagar commercial street (Good veg Chinese & sizzling brownie)
|Shree Idly Corner (Soft fluffy idli in back-streets of Commercial Street, homemade style)
|VV Puram Food!!!!! – MUST is Idly with Chutney puri & ghee.
then try dosa, Hollige, chats, Jelibi, corn on cob.
Also try V.B Bakery – cream bun (old fashioned recipe)
|Fanoos Sheek Roll or even better is Siddikhi Sheek Roll
|Chicken Nizam Roll in Siddique Kabab Centre & other Kababs
|Chicken Biryani and Grape Pulpy Juice at any Kabab Corners (our fav was JP Nagar 3rd Phase near Jayadeva hospital or RT Nagar dead end)
|Al-bek opposite Jayadeva
|Mangalore Pearl – Seafood