Things To Do
Bangalore is a city of gardens and pubs. It also has a vibrant cultural life that includes traditional and modern art, theatre, dance, and music.
Bangalore Gardens: Spend some of the many fine days in Bangalore at the city’s gardens and parks. You can take your dogs for a run or let the kids ride the toy train at Cubbon Park, then take a break by visiting one of the many museums around the park. Explore Bangalore’s horticultural heritage at Lalbagh or hang out with the lions and tigers at Bannerghatta National Park.
Bangalore Arts & Culture: Catch a play at Rangashankara, the dynamic heart of Bangalore theatre. Visit an old Bangalore favorite – its center for the visual arts, Chitrakala Parishat. Bangalore is always playing host to a concert or two, whether it is classical Carnatic music or hard rock. Check out popular venues like Chowdiah Memorial Hall and Palace Grounds. Check out listings at the Indian Stage website.
Bangalore Pubs: New pubs and clubs are constantly sprouting up in the city – find out what’s hot… or cool… with one of many online guides like Time Out. If you’re looking for a classic though, chill out in a true-blue Bangalorean hangout like Pecos (caution: nostalgia may be this joint’s selling point now, more than its food or beer).
Bangalore Bowling: India's largest bowling alley, BluO, is located in the glittering Orion Mall in Malleshwaram. With the sport growing in popularity, it can get crowded on weekends.
Bangalore Shopping: Bangalore is a shopper's paradise. There are traditional shops selling South Indian silks and 22k gold jewelry, indie boutiques hawking one-of-a-kind wares, and old-world shopping streets all jostling for space with modern concrete-and-glass shopping centers. For shopping, Indiranagar and Koramangala are trendy destinations, while Malleshwaram has a charm of its own. Brigade Road and M.G. Road are shopping meccas but crowded and snarled with traffic. For all things Karnataka—handicrafts, silks, home decor, and fragrant sandalwood products—the government-owned Cauvery Karnataka State Arts and Crafts Emporium is a must-do.
Places to visit near Bangalore: Take a weekend off and drive out of Bangalore to one of the many scenic and culturally rich locations nearby.
· Mysore: See the palaces, lakes, museums, churches and spectacular Dussehra celebrations in the ancient seat of the Wodeyar dynasty and Tipu Sultan.
· Hampi: This temple town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and was once the capital of the Vijayanagara kingdom.
· Shravanabelagola: This is one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism and is famous for its 18-foot high monolithic statue of Gomateshwara Bahubali.
· Ooty: This hill station is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Ooty and Coonoor are famous for their tea estates and fine weather.
· Nagarhole & Bandipur National Parks: Revel in the peace and quiet of the forest and watch out for tigers, elephants, antelope, and a bevy of other animals.