Things to do in Bengaluru

In a city that has gone from being a laidback and quiet pensioner’s paradise to a bustling metropolis filled with people who are constantly busy, you’ll find that there are numerous things to do in Bengaluru. There’s something here for everyone. From catching up on plays to visiting the many green parks, to sitting down for dinner at one of the many renowned and exotic restaurants here, Bengaluru is full of exciting things to see and do.

Bangalore sightseeing includes the usual suspects – historical monuments, museums, gardens and a host of interesting places such as NGMA – National Gallery of Modern Art to name a few. However, since Bengaluru is a metropolis now, a city that continues to expand in all directions, there are always exciting and fun things to do in Bengaluru. If you’re the sort who enjoys adventure sports, camping and outdoor activities, you can indulge in all these too. Most of these activities are usually conducted on the outskirts. However, if you’re more inclined towards Bangalore sightseeing, here are a few things you’d like to consider doing. Also, the SOTC website has some great offers and deals on Bengaluru holiday packages and Karnataka Packages if you’re making plans to visit Bengaluru. Don’t forget to check it!

Bengaluru is called Garden City for a very good reason and one of these is the lush green Cubbon Park bang in the middle of a very busy city. Strolling through the 120-hectare garden, under the shade of the many trees is certainly one of the top things to do in Bengaluru. Along with the gorgeous gardens, there is the red Gothic State Central Library and other enthralling monuments like the Attara Kacheri and of course, the children’s play area. The toy train here is very popular and you’d be bemused to find the long lines snaking around for the tickets.

This iconic restaurant has been since 1940 and the charm hasn’t abated in all these years. With visitors such as Nehru and Queen Elizabeth here, today it’s a haunt of several creatively minded people who come here to replenish themselves with the coffee and the atmosphere. The English breakfast here is a must and you should certainly try the Bombay Toast and the Spanish Omelette.

One of the best things to do in Bengaluru is to shop in Commercial Street. This retail haven is known for a wide variety of things – from antiques to gorgeous sarees at Mysore Saree Udyog. Commercial Street is where the locals head out to for shopping and you can be assured that you’ll find the best in apparel, footwear, accessories and anything you could possibly need. Another bonus is knowing about the by-lanes that lead away from the main Commercial Street. Ibrahim Sahib Street and OPH Road are where you can grab decent deals and still come away, happy with the money you’ve spent.

You don’t have to travel all the way to Africa to enjoy a safari. There’s a jungle safari right here in one of the most famous Bangalore sightseeing spots, Bannerghatta National Park. Located around 20 kms away from the city is the sprawling national park that is home to several species of animals, reptiles and birds. There’s a crocodile farm here but the lion-tiger safari is what draws the greatest number of people. The enclosed ride takes you through the forested area where lions and tigers roam around freely.

The National Gallery of Modern Art is simply splendid. Housed in the erstwhile mansion of the raja of Mysore, this is indeed a world-class museum that can be appreciated for the art it contains as well as its own aesthetic appeal and is undoubtedly one of the top Bangalore sightseeing spots in the city. The water feature at the entrance is stunning but inside, there are many treasures, each better than the last. The Old Wing has pre-Independence works including paintings by Raja Ravi Verma while the New Wing has contemporary post-Independence works by artists such as Vivan Sundaram and Sudhir Patwardhan. If you want to know the museum’s works better, then opt for the guided tours.

VV Puram is also known as Food Street and with very good reason. There are numerous hole-in-the-wall eateries here selling food from a number of different Indian states. Tuck into bhajjis, snack on the masala dosas, enjoy the lip-smacking chaats and you’ll see a side of Bengaluru that simply has to be experienced.

Bengaluru also got the moniker of pub city a few years ago, a name that it has fought to retain with several pubs opening and closing for various reasons. But some of the best pubs have remained and continue to serve the best beer in the city. Head to Toit for some unique flavours or go to High, which is said to be the highest lounge in South India. Other happening places include Loft 38, Hoppipola, Fenny’s, Church Street Social or The Biere Club to name a few.

Book lovers will simply love the controlled chaos of Blossoms where you can find piles and piles of books. This much-loved bookstore is a long-standing Bengaluru legend although it has changed location in recent times. This hasn’t deterred book lovers from coming here to browse through books and comics and lugging back all they can.

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