Located in the south Indian state of Karnataka, Bangalore is a juxtaposition of old and new. Modern buildings co-exist with heritage structures dating back to the colonial era, and traditional architecture blends with the cosmopolitan vibe and youthful charm. Not only that, the city has a myriad attraction - from historical palaces and forts to museums and art galleries, parks and gardens - plus an array of world-class restaurants and brewpubs. A day in the city is definitely not enough to soak in all that it has to offer but is just about sufficient to cover the essentials. Read on for how to make the most out of a one-day trip in Bangalore, India.
1. Morning: enjoy the classic South Indian breakfast
Kick off your one day in Bangalore by indulging in a classic South Indian breakfast. You can find South Indian cuisine everywhere in Bangalore, but among the most popular (and legendary) places to enjoy the traditional fare is MTR (Mavalli Tiffin Room) and Vidyarthi Bhavan. Both were established decades ago and serve traditional breakfast options like benne masala dosa (butter dosa), masala dosa, rava idli (semolina cake) and crisp vada (South Indian fritters). Wash it all down with a filter coffee.
Address: #14, Lal Bagh Main Rd, Doddamavalli, Sudhama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560027
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 6:30am - 11am, 12:30pm - 8:30pm; Sat - Sun: 6:30am - 11am, 12:30pm - 9pm (closed on Mon)
Address: 32, Gandhi Bazaar Main Rd, Gandhi Bazaar, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004
Website: Vidyarthi Bhavan
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 6:30am - 11:30am, 2pm - 8pm; Sat - Sun: 6:30am - 12pm, 2:30pm - 8pm (closed on Fri)
Once you’ve fueled up, take a leisurely stroll through the Cubbon Park, which is perhaps the biggest lung space in the city. It houses more than 100 different varieties of trees and plants. This lush green park is the most popular spot in the city among locals for early morning walks or energizing run. Aside from nature, another appeal of the park is the centuries-old historic buildings nearby, including Vidhana Soudha designed in the neo-Dravidian style, Gothic-style Karnataka High Court, and the State Central Library filled with over three lakh books. There are also statues of prominent personalities like Chamarajendra Wodeyar (Maharaja of Kingdom of Mysore), Queen Victoria and Major General Sir Mark Cubbon, among others.
Then, head to one of the many museums in the area. For a satisfying dose of city’s rich history, head to the Government Museum that houses artifacts dating back to early Indian civilizations and stone carvings from the 12th century. Next to the museum is Venkatappa Art Gallery that features paintings and artwork by Karnataka’s well-known artist, K. Venkatappa, who was also a court painter for the royal family of Mysore. If you’re traveling with kids, be sure to visit the Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum, housing a plethora of scientific exhibits suited for children of all ages.
Duration: 4 hours
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Bangalore has been under the influence of several different kingdoms, and reminders of it can be witnessed throughout the city. Start off with the Bangalore Fort that was initially built by Kempegowda (Bangalore’s founder) in the 16th century and later was modified by the emperor of Mysore, Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan in the 18th century. Though it has fallen into disrepair now, you can still saunter inside to linger for a while in the past.
Situated within the Bangalore Fort is a two-story Tipu Sultan’s Palace. Made of teakwood, the palace once served as a summer retreat for the royal family of Mysore. It continues to impress visitors with its architecture that is a mixture of Hindu and Islamic styles. Besides, the ground floor of the palace serves as a museum, featuring photographs and artifacts belonging to the emperors of Mysore. If time allows, visit the nearby KR Market, which is one of the largest flower markets in Asia. Even if you do not want to buy anything, just wander through the market and experience the local sights and sounds (don’t forget to take some Instagram-worthy shots). Still craving for some history? Make your way over to the Bangalore Palace, which will give you a taste of yesteryear’s Bangalore. Built in Tudor architectural style, it houses historical photos and carvings dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries. Exploring can work up an appetite, so refuel at one of the many restaurants around these historical landmarks.
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
4. Evening: indulge in retail therapy
After a busy afternoon of exploring the city’s past, indulge in some retail therapy at the MG Road. There are brand-name retail outlets and traditional markets here, selling everything from clothes and accessories to knock-off bags, handicrafts, souvenirs, and more. If you’re a book lover, pop into Higginbotham, which is perhaps one of the oldest bookstores in the city. Adjacent to the MG Road is Brigade Road, which is also lined with a plethora of shops. Dubai Plaza is the must-visit place here. There are also excellent cafes at your fingertips, should you need a short break.
Address: MG Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
As you’re in India’s pub capital, it definitely calls for a night on the tiles. One of the best places for some after-dark fun is MG Road. It is dotted with restaurants, bars, and pubs that cater to every taste. The Arbor Brewing Company (ABC) is the perfect spot to absorb the day’s events while sipping on craft beer and munching on American-style bar grub. Other great options include Church Street Social and The Biere Club. In addition to serving the best beers and cocktails, these places also dish out a wide variety of cuisines, from Indian to continental fare.
Duration: 4 hours
Enjoy one day in Bangalore
Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India, can accommodate all types of travelers - the history buffs, art lovers, architecture aficionados, adventure enthusiasts, foodies, or shopaholics. A one-day trip in Bangalore involves exploring the historic sights and amazing museums to lounging in trendy restaurants and bars in between.
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