Leisure & Getaways
The Garden City is bursting at the seams with a ridiculous number of world class things to do and see, from sultan abodes to the Karnataka Parliament to stretch of lush greens. A perfect day here will offcourse depend on your personal interests and tastes, but for a whistle-stop tour of some of the city’s mindblowing offerings, check out the suggested itinerary below.
Your Bangalore stay must begin on a refreshing note and what could be a better option than a long run in Cubbon Park, the green lungs of the city nestled in the business district. With well-cut walkways and pristine natural surroundings, Cubbon Park is the best place to go for jogging, walking and cycling. The variety of flowering and ornamental trees gets you a serene start to the day and the kids can play at the play area as well as around the aquarium. While you’re here, be sure to check out the city’s two most important buildings surrounding the park – the Attara Kacheri (home of the state’s High Court) and the Vidhana Soudha (the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka).
Where: Kasturba Road, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagara
Well, after the major boost to the body, all that you need is the heartiest Bangalorean breakfast and who can treat you to that??!!! Well Brahmin’s Coffee Bar it is!!! One of Bangalore’s best for their crispy vadas, soft idlis and aromatic coffee, Brahmin’s Coffee Bar has been going strong for more than 50 years now. Anyone looking for a good quick breakfast with a strong cup of coffee needs to be here and also indulge in their famous chutney. Brahmin’s is and always will be a staple, and honestly, near the top of almost every breakfast list in Bangalore.
Where: Near Shankar Mutt, Ranga Rao Rd, Shankarapura
After that wholesome breakfast, time for you now soak up the city as much as possible. Begin with the oldest temple in the city, Dodda Ganapathi Temple. A stone carved to a normal sized Ganesha idol rumoured to have grown to the height of 18 feet, was laid in Basavanagudi almost 500 years ago. You will be awed at the sheer size of it! Climb up the hill a little further, you will find Lord Nandi (vehicle of Shiva) at a whopping 15 feet, adorned with garlands and headdresses. Then head to the Bugle Rock Park estimated to be 3000 million years old. In the centre of a park in a watchtower that is atop a hill, apparently it served as the southern helm of the Bangalore city.
Where: Bull Temple Road, Basavanagudi
Let history be the core of the sojourn for the first half of the day. Head to the Bangalore Palace, aA Tudor-style palace, inspired by England's Windsor Castle. Established in 1878 by Maharaja Chamarajendra Wadiyar, the Bangalore Palace is one of the city's most prominent landmarks. Wander past pristine Gothic-style stained glass windows, Victorian-style furniture, ornate carvings, turreted parapets and fortified towers, then step onto the serene verdant lawns. The palace also houses paintings from the nineteenth and twentieth century’s, plus family pictures and other memorabilia. Additionally, it also serves as the venue for various cultural shows and concerts, so keep your eyes peeled for cool events.
Where: Vasanth Nagar
There are very few of us who have not grown up watching the famous television serial on Tipu Sultan and the day cannot be complete without a visit to Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan. The palace is worth visiting for its amazing architecture. The palace as it stands today, in Indo-Islamic architecture, was completed in 1791. Predominantly made of teakwood, the most eye-catching feature is its sturdy pillars and floral motifs adorning the walls and ceilings of the palace.
Where: Tippu Sultan Palace Road, Chamrajpet
After all that exhausting sightseeing, time for an authentic Bangalorean Lunch!!! Just a short cab drive from the summer abode of Tipu Sultan, find yourself in Koshy’s, an absolute Bangalore establishment. If you lived in times gone by, you may have bumped into Queen Elizabeth II or even Jawarharlal Nehru here. The lunch must feature the iconic Pork Vindaloo and Rice or even the Prawn Biriyani. The vegetarians can relish Kerala Special Kochi Gravy and Rice. Wind it up with Koshy’s special Hot chocolate fudge.
Where: 39, St Marks Road, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar
After that voluptuous lunch, a lazy afternoon is what suits the soul. Step in to National Gallery of Modern Art. While you laze around amidst outstanding art and artists, you rub soulders with budding talent of edgy painters as well as renowned artists. he stunning Manikyavelu Mansion, in Vasanth Nagar, houses the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). Here, you can walk through pristine galleries showcasing the work of the country’s greatest artists from Abanindranath Tagore to MF Hussain and Raza. In the recent past, Bangalore’s flyovers and buildings have served as canvases to upcoming street artists that to the St+Art festival. And you can check out their works here.
Where: 49, GF, Manikyavelu Mansion, Palace Road, Vasanth Nagar
Before you wrap the day bird watching at the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens is a must. Walk in through any of the four entrances and let yourself be one with nature; take in the view of the lake with egrets flying off the backs of lily pads. If photography is your thing, bring your best lenses along to capture the beautiful vistas that a garden can offer. Laugh along with the retirees who’ve come there do some laughter Yoga and feel completely refreshed and energized to begin your adventure for the day. There’s also a lovely rock you can run up and down, plus, a pond to do some bird watching at.
Garden city’s Parliament is grand to say the least. Take a drive by the centre of Bangalore’s government headquarters: Vidhana Soudha. Built in the 1950s, the building stands majestic with lawns and wide roads to match the glory of it. Turn your head another 180 degrees to see the Court House in bright brick red that will give you sense of pride while riding/driving along these wide roads irrespective of who’s ruling the state. During sunset, this is a picturesque architectural marvel!!!
Where: Ambedkar Bheedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagara
And are we missing out on anything?? But offcourse!!! How can we not shop even if it is just for a day!!! M.G. Road/Commercial Street is synonymous with shopping, as far as Bangalore is concerned. From top retail brand outlets to traditional markets and everything in between, this is where Bangaloreans swarm to shop. The shopping district is home to clothes, souvenirs and street food to cater to everyone’s needs. Cinnamon, a boutique, specializes in lifestyle products that have a tinge of Indian ethnic flavor to them. With a plethora of transfixing merchandise, Cinnamon is a must-visit destination. Hope the bags are overflowing!!!
Where: MG Road runs east from Trinity circle at one end to Anil Kumble circle at the other.
Finish off the day by reveling in some of Bangalore’s Finsest Pubs and breweries, because they are as quirky and joyous as they get. Park yourself at the local brewery, The Biere Club. From Harissa Rubbed Fish to the Sumac Prawns to the Tender Lamb Pieces, the Mediterranean Grills seem to wage a war on the Bangalorean plate!!! If you are Light Beer Fan, try out Lager and Wheat and for the flavourful ones Ale and Stout work good.
Where: 20/2, Vittal Mallya Road, Lavelle Road, Bangalore
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