What to do in the cosmopolitan city of India? Discover the best places to visit and things to do if you’re planning for a short trip to Bangalore!
Bangalore or Bengaluru (officially) is the best city to live in India, thanks to the awesome weather and cosmopolitan nature of the city. Most Bangaloreans agree to this. However, it may seem Bangalore is not very touristy owing to the IT companies in the city. But if you happen to visit Bangalore for a weekend, then there are a plenty of things to do and places to visit.
Hailing from Bangalore, I have had the best memories in the city. The surprise showers, street food, greenery, shopping malls, pubs and what not! So, I’m laying out a plan for two day trip to Bangalore! You cannot miss these places. Let’s check out all the wonderful ideas!
Weekend Trip to Bangalore
- Start off your day by visiting best architectural places like Bangalore palace, Tipu Sultan Palace and Bangalore Fort.
- If you are interested in History, Politics and Science, then you can visit the Government Museum, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Vidhana Soudha and HAL Aerospace Museum.
- Also, you can visit the religious places like ISCKON temple, St. Mary’s Basilica church, Jamia Masjid and Shiva temple.
Trip to Bangalore – Outdoor Activities
- There are lakes to visit in Bangalore, too, like the Ulsoor Lake and Sankey Tank. You can go for boating in the Ulsoor lake, too.
- Nandi Hills, Savanadurga and Avala Betta are best places for trekking, hiking and cycling!
Parks and Amusement Parks
- For nature lovers, there are a plenty of parks to visit in Bangalore – you cannot miss Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park. An early morning walk or jog is highly recommended. You will be in awe of the greenery.
- Bannerghatta National Park is the wildlife park, famous for lion and tiger safari.
- Amusement parks in Bangalore, like Wonderla, Innovative Film City, Fun World and Lumbini Gardens are great places for some adrenaline rush and funfilled activities.
Shopping malls have become a major part of the city in the recent years. You can find a shopping mall in every part of the city. There are many new ones coming up too, but some are considered to be the most popular and largest shopping malls in Bangalore.
So, even if you don’t shop, you definitely need to check them out like Orion Mall – it has a man made lake and you can also check out the stunning World Trade Center right opposite the lake. Phoenix City Mall is another one to check out – it has an open courtyard where you can feel the city. VR Bengaluru has a beautiful fountain with an “I love BLR” sign and visit UB City for its designer brands, fashion shows and lively music. You can also spot luxury car showrooms around the mall.
For budget shopping, nothing can beat Brigade Road and Commercial Street.
Bangalore has some lip smacking food to offer – in high class restaurants and on the streets.
For luxury restaurants try 13th Floor, Ebony, Persian Terrace, GoldFinch and Vivanta by Taj.
You cannot miss the breakfast in Veena Stores, Taaza Thindi, Vidyarthi Bhavan, Mavalli Tiffin Room (MTR) and Koshy’s (you have to try their coffee, Period). Central Tiffin Room (Shree Sagar/CTR).
For great food at affordable price try Millers 46, Smally’s Resto Cafe, Desserted, Glen’s Bakehouse and Nando’s.
For street food, head out to Food Street in VV Puram in the evening after six, and you will be showered with numerous options. Also, Hari Super Sandwich, Brahmin’s Coffee Bar, Sairam’s and Chetty’s Corner offer great street food.
Night Life and Entertainment
Pubs & Nightclubs
If you want to head out to pubs, Monkey Bar, Skyee Lounge, High, Hard Rock Cafe, Church Street Social, Toit, Pecos, Hoppipola, The Biere Club and Watson’s are few cool places to head out!
I forgot about dance clubs (maybe I’m leading a boring life. Kidding!) but Shilpa reminded me. So, Pebble (also, Shilpa’s fave), High, Skyee Lounge, Ice Bar and Eclipse are the places to be if you wanna chill out at night.
Books & Art
If you love reading and books are your life, then Bangalore has some exciting book cafes to look for! Cafe Terra, Atta Galata and DYU Art Cafe are a few to name. To buy, sell old and new books, head over to Blossom Book House in Church Street. I bet you will be overwhelmed.
If you’re looking for theater or performing arts, check out any plays or shows that might interest you at Ranga Shankara, Seva Sadan and Alliance Française.
If you love art, then you definitely should visit Chitrakala Parishath (CKP) – an art school and they exhibit local heritage and culture. Numerous painting, clothing and handicraft exhibitions are held every year.
So much to do in Bangalore right? Whatever interests you, Bangalore has a lot to offer. You don’t have to worry about the climate because most of the year it’s cool and you can expect some unexpected showers!