Posted by: getaway2india | April 7, 2010

Bangalore – The Silicon Valley of India!

Bangalore – The Silicon Valley of India!

Officially known as Bengaluru, is one of the most happening cities in India and also a major center of the I.T. industry.

Bangalore City Map

History

The earliest records of a place named ‘Bengaluru’ were found in a 9th century temple in an area that is now known as ‘Old Bangalore’. Once the feudal lord Kempe Gowda was hunting in this area, a rabbit turned and attacked his dog. This made a great impression on the lord and he gave the place a title of gandu bhoomi (the place of heroes) and in 1537, with the assistance of the local king, he constructed three districts protected by a walled fort on the site.

During the next three centuries, Bangalore existed very much in the shadow of its neighboring city Mysore, and control of the town changed hands many times. The year 1831 marked a major turning point for the city. Claiming misrule by the king Krishna Raja Wodeyar III, the British took control of the Mysore Kingdom and, possibly influenced by the city’s mild climate, moved the administrative capital to Bangalore. New telecommunication systems were laid, rail connections built, fine government buildings constructed and the city’s famous parks and gardens established. After independence, Bangalore maintained its position as the Karnataka state capital, and continues to flourish.

For many years, Bangalore was known throughout India as the greenest, liberal and forward-thinking city. In recent years, these attributes have propelled Bangalore to the forefront of the high-tech industry boom in India, and it currently ranks as India’s most developed city and one of the world’s fastest growing urban areas.

The name Bangalore appears to come from an Anglicization of the native name “Bengaluru” – an adaptation of the earlier name in Kannada: Benda Kaale Uru (The Town of Boiled Beans). Apparently this rather humble name was bequeathed to the city by king Vira Ballala. Once while lost in the area, he was offered boiled beans by an old woman, and it was out of gratitude that he named the area after this simple offering.

Climate

  • Bangalore enjoys a relatively mild climate year round J with a maximum of 28°C (81°F) to lowest minimum of 5°C (41°F).
  • February to May (Warm)
  • June  to December (Monsoon)
  • January to February (Cold with showers in January)

Language:

Kannada is the official language of the state. Other Languages spoken are:

  • Urdu (9.72%),
  • Telugu (8.34%),
  • Marathi (.5%),
  • Tamil (3.82%),
  • Malayalam (1.69%),
  • Tulu (3.38%),
  • Konkani (1.78%),
  • and Hindi (1.87%).

English is also in common use and Hindi spoken by most educated people.

Slang

One common expression probably peculiar to Bangalore would be the “By two coffee” meaning a coffee shared between two people. Mostly overheard at the stand-and-eat darshinis. A very basic use of Kannada may be necessary to speak with auto rickshaw drivers.

Getting in

By Road

By bus

There are both government and private busses that run services to major nearby cities like Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Mangalore, Coimbatore, Madurai etc. Buses can be a normal luxury bus, a Volvo A/C bus or a sleeper bus for night travel. On Line Booking:

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation http://ksrtc.in/

RedBus http://www.redbus.in/

Ticketkaran http://www.ticketkaran.in/

Raj National Express http://rajnationalexpress.in/

KPN Travels http://kpntravels.in/

Customer Needz http://www.customerneedz.com/

TicketGoose.com http://www.ticketgoose.com/

BMT’s Volvo Bus

All intercity buses arrive and depart from Bangalore bus stand, which is located opposite the city railway station. Officially named after the founder of Bangalore, ‘Kempe Gowda Bus Station’ is more commonly known as ‘the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus stand’ or ‘the Majestic Bus Station’. It handles buses that connect Bangalore to all major cities and states in south India. The main bus stand of ‘the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) ,’ which maintains bus services within the city, is located next to the Kempe Gowda Bus Station. BMTC has now introduced Air conditioned Volvo buses in order to maintain the status of the IT city.

Unlike other metros, the display boards in the bus show the destination in Kannada. But the bus numbers are mostly in English. If you don’t read Kannada, you will likely need to get some help to get on the right bus. However, the newer Volvo buses are all equipped with electronic displays that display the destination and route numbers in both Kannada and English. Non-Volvo buses are being gradually retrofitted with these electronic displays; this should make bus travel much simpler if you are unfamiliar with the local language.

Buses in Bangalore are cheap and usually frequent, but traveling on them can be very difficult if you don’t know the system well. Ordinary city buses display only the route number in English, with the destination and route information written in Kannada. This means you will have to know what route number you need before you get on, which you can find from the BMTC website http://www.bmtcinfo.com/ , Bus Routes http://jaanlo.com/howto/how-to-bus-route-bmtc-and-timing-information-bangalore/ or by asking locals. Unlike many Western countries, posted route maps of the bus system are rare, although maps are sold at the main bus terminals (Kempegowda Bus Stand and Shivajinagar).

  • Buses with black display boards – run within the city.
  • Red board buses  – covers long distance and go to adjoining suburbs.
  • The ordinary city buses –  are white and blue in color.
  • The newer city buses tend to be silver in color and have LED display boards.
  • Pushpak Bus Service has better seating; these buses are tan-colour rather than the usual blue and are slightly more expensive.
  • Red Volvo buses, called Vajra, that operate on certain routes within the city. They offer a comfortable air-conditioned ride at slightly higher prices than the regular buses (which are not air-conditioned). These are a great way to get around the city. Vajras have illuminated LED display boards on the front and sides which display the destination and route information in English as well as Kannada.

New bus services are introduced from time to time by the BMTC. The latest service introduced in early 2009 known as Big 10 consists of ten routes along major roads into the city, bringing passengers from the outer suburbs to central Bangalore. These buses are yellow in color, have LCD destination boards, and prominently feature the Big 10 logo on the sides. More information about these buses, including stops and route maps, can be found here http://btis.in/big10 .

City buses are crowded during rush hours but one can travel with little difficulty during the daytime. Many have seats reserved for women in the front. Bus service is less frequent after 9:30-10PM and becomes rare after 10:30PM.

It is always better to buy a daily pass if you plan to travel the whole day on the bus. The daily pass costs Rs 32 and it comes handy if you need to travel on several buses in a single day. Daily passes are issued by the on-duty bus conductor or at the bus stand. Using this pass you can travel in any bus (other than the Vajra) for the entire day, any number of times. It is a very economical option for travel in Bangalore.

There are three major bus stands from which Buses are available to all major localities of the city:

  • City Market is around 2 km (1.2 mi) to 3 km (1.8 mi) away from Majestic and could daunt newcomers, since it is much disorganized. It is a large dirt parking lot under an overhead highway, and there isn’t much order to where buses park.
  • Shivajinagar is in the north. This is also neatly organized and there is an inquiry window to find about buses. You can find a large map on display here too, which you can use to find the bus number you need to take if you know the area you are going to. Route maps are also sold on the platforms.
  • Kempegowda bus stand, also known as the Majestic Bus Stand, near Gandhi Nagar is directly opposite the Bangalore City railway station. It is quite neatly organized and is easily navigable. There is an inquiry office near platform number 1 on ‘Majestic’ where you can ask the bus number and platform for your desired destination. You can find a large map on display, which you can use to find the bus number you need to take if you know the area you are going to. You can of course always ask the conductor or other passengers. Route maps are also sold on the platforms.

By Taxies

The taxis in Bangalore are very convenient and comfortable. Most of the vehicles are Maruti Omni Vans or Tata Indica cars, which are much safer than Auto rickshaws, and the drivers are polite. If you are alone or going to an unknown destination, you are strongly advised to choose this option, even though the rates will be double that of an auto. Most taxi companies will charge a flat rate of Rs 150 for a pick-up and drop from anywhere to anywhere within city limits. Waiting or return trips will be charged extra, as will a lot of heavy luggage.

Unlike many other countries, taxis are not marked with ‘TAXI’ signs on the top. Instead, the cars will be marked with the logo of the fleet operator or Taxi Company on the sides of the car. Some companies have a yellow sign with a identification number (usually an alphabet followed by two digits) on the top. These are Call Taxies which can be booked over the phone.

Taxis generally have yellow license plates with black letters.

Although it can be hard for non-Indians to grasp at first, the system is quite effective. If in doubt, ask a member of your hotel staff to help you, and when your taxi comes be sure to tip them Rs. 35 or Rs. 40 for the assistance. Call just Dial 69999999 for any info

  • Easy Cabs, +918043434343
  • Karnataka Taxi,
  • Bengalooru Cabs,
  • Celcabs,
  • City Safari
  • Garden City Taxi,
  • Gopinath Radio Taxi Services,
  • KK City Taxi,
  • RK City Taxi,
  • Roman Taxis,
  • Spot Taxis,
  • Meru Cabs, +918044224422

Post-paid taxi facilities: BIAL has selected MERU and EASYCAB to provide basic taxi services. The taxi operators will have basic AC cars, all equipped with tracking devices to ensure safety and transparency. Both operators have professional call centers. Hence, Guests coming to the airport can call the cab call centers and a cab will pick them up and drop them at the airport. For Guests arriving at the airport, there is a dedicated taxi holding area where the Guest can get a cab. The post paid taxi facility will be available on meter charges @ Rs.15/- per km (subject to Govt regulation). These are by far the best and most convenient mode of transport from the airport. It may cost you approximately Rs. 600 to get to Bangalore’s CBD.

Share Taxis are operated by Airlift. As soon as you exit the airport terminal, look for the bus stand with the bright red Volvo buses. The share taxis are yellow and red Toyota Innovas parked just next to the buses. These are very convenient and cheaper than a regular taxi as a one way drop to Bangalore’s CBD will cost around Rs. 300. These are air conditioned and offer each passenger a personal television screen.

Pre-paid facilities: Hertz and Akbar Travels provide pre paid Limousine and car rental facilities.

By car

Driving in India can be very stressful. Use of the horn is mandatory in all situations, especially while overtaking. Lane discipline is practically nonexistent. One ride in a taxi will most likely convince you that driving yourself is not worth the risk, so if you do want to arrive by car you’ll probably want to hire both a car and a driver. Cost varies, but most car/driver combinations cost Rs 1400 to Rs 1700/day. Depending on where you are coming from, you may be able to negotiate a lower fare if the trip isn’t far, and it may be a higher fare if you are traveling far and your driver has to travel back on his own time. Be aware that Bangalore can get quite hot during the day, even in the winter. Although it costs more, consider requesting an air conditioned car if you aren’t used to the heat. An “Air Con” car will also help filter out the air pollution, which is considerable, especially on congested roadways. If you want something even more special, such as a fancy car or SUV, be prepared to pay extra.

Taking one that runs on CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) rather than Petrol would be advantageous as the cost of Petrol=Rs 50 while that of CNG is Rs 24.

Cars are also available on self drive basis. There are three ranges of self drive cars:

  • Compact category  – Suzuki & Swift
  • Intermediate range – Ford Fiesta,
  • Standard category – Toyota corolla,
  • Multi Utility Vehicles – Toyota Innova and
  • Sports Utility Vehicles – Ford Endeavour.

These cars will be given to the Guest with a full fuel tank and the car has to be returned with full fuel tank. A flexible pick up and drop off facility in town and at the airport will be offered. The Guest can pick up the car at the airport and then drop it off anywhere in the city or in Hyderabad or Chennai. Similarly, the car can be picked up at any of these cities and dropped off at the airport. Conditions Apply (the Guest has to be over 21 yrs of age and possess a valid Indian license).

Note: most of the cars will be Manual as Automatic Transmission Gear is not very popular in India.

By auto-rickshaw

Auto-rickshaw drivers are the nightmare of the city, even if you live here they can be the most difficult group of people to deal with. Auto-rickshaws are supposed to charge fares as per the meter reading, which most often equals to 7 INR x Distance (in kilometers) (Minimum charge of Rs.14 for the first 2 km or less), they generally tend to charge on an ad-hoc basis depending on the distance of the destination or the chances of getting another customer from the mentioned locality. However, a bad business sense and the inexplicable reasons elicited by them for refusing to ferry a customer have earned them enough brick-bats. Tourists should be tactful when approaching an auto-rickshaw during night, or during heavy rains. Chances are they will charge exorbitant rates. Help could be taken from the local traffic police to avail auto-rickshaws during such circumstances.

Auto-rickshaws are everywhere at any time of day. They are yellow three wheeled contraptions that use simple two-stroke engines and belch out pollutants. Nevertheless, they are a fast way to get around the city.

Autos are supposed to charge according to the meter, and you should simply refuse to board one where the meter is faulty or the driver refuses to use it. Saying “meter please” will usually do the trick. If you are desperate to get somewhere, you should at least negotiate the fare before boarding.

If you are a visitor and do not know the route to the destination it is a good idea to bargain and fix the fare before boarding to avoid long, convoluted routes taken by the auto.

Autos add a 50% surcharge after 10PM (called “one and half” and is the legal charge). Some drivers may demand 100% surcharge after 10PM or 11PM but you must refuse to board in such a case. Heavy luggage costs an additional fee of around Rs10 or 20.

Rickshaw drivers are required by law to display their identification on the dashboard or the back of their seats. Refuse to get into a rickshaw that does not.

In case an auto driver troubles you, please note their identification number and report to BBMP Control room who can withdraw their licenses. This is a very effective technique to deal with them. The BBMP control room number as on December 2009 is +91-80-22975803.

If a rickshaw driver offers to show/drive you to some great places to shop, firmly refuse. A common tactic is to drive you to local shops where you will be pressured to buy Indian crafts that you probably don’t want. Know your destination and insist upon it. Be firm.

The minimum charge as of February 2008, is Rs 14 for the first 2km and Rs 7 for every additional km. A trip from the old airport to Brigade road costs about Rs.55 including (a good) tip.

Another thing to keep in mind is to be firm but not loud in an argument while traveling in the auto. Some of the drivers may team up with their other hooligan-friends midway to cause trouble.

Finally, although Bangaloreans are known for their polite and mild manners, some auto drivers are an exception. Therefore be careful in dealing with them. Some will think nothing of trying to rip you off. If in doubt consult a local or your hotel travel desk. Don’t pay exorbitant prices, you are only ruining it for the locals.

  • Another option is to arrange with your hotel in Bangalore http://www.ezeego01.co.in/hotels-in-bangalore.html to have a driver pick you up at the airport. Some hotels, especially those in the higher price ranges, provide this service for free if you are staying with them. If it’s your first time traveling to Bangalore, this is by far the easiest way to get from the airport to your hotel. The driver will be found outside the airport with a card bearing your name, the only difficulty being that about 100 other drivers will also be waiting outside the airport, all vying for your attention. Luckily there is a short fenced walkway that separates the drivers from those leaving the airport, giving you some time and space to find your ride into Bangalore.
  • Cheaper Transport: You can still find a ride into Bangalore City in your own taxi at a much cheaper rate than the above options, if you are willing to take the risk involved. Taxi drivers not approved by the airport will attempt to negotiate with you a much lower fare than the approved EASY and MERU cabs, and may come down to as much as Rs. 200-300 for a ride to Bangalore’s CBD. These drivers can be found just beyond the terminal plaza at the covered walkway that leads to the parking lots.

Caution:

Once you leave the walkway, some drivers may become fairly aggressive, and might try to take your bag without your permission. The best thing to do is to keep track of, and in control of, your belongings. Even the most aggressive taxi driver or tout will leave you alone if you stand firm and make it clear that you do not want their help. Upon arriving at your destination a tip of 20-40 Indian Rupees is plenty.

By Rail

Bangalore has two major railway terminals. The Bangalore City (IR station code: SBC) railway station is situated in the heart of the city, around the Majestic Bus stand. Most trains, both local and long-distance, arrive and depart from here. The other terminal is Yeswantpur Junction (IR station code: YPR) located on NH-4 (Tumkur Road). A few (mostly long-distance) trains arrive and depart from here.

Bookings can be done at either the railway stations or at the Indian Railways booking counters located in major residential areas. Booking can also be done online http://www.irctc.co.in/ .

Note that if you are booking at Bangalore City and are traveling to Mysore, there is a separate counter for travelers to Mysore. This is to cater for the large amount of travelers between Bangalore and Mysore. If travelling to Mysore on a Sunday afternoon, arrive early as there is usually a long line for buying tickets!

As with all Indian railway travel, bring some patience for delays. Trains are usually on time, but can sometimes be several hours late. A digital departure board in the station will tell you what platform your train is on and what time it leaves.

Train travel is usually fairly cheap. For example, a ticket to Chennai, about 360 km (5-6 hrs) away, costs anywhere from Rs 125 for the lowest class to Rs 1105 for the highest class.

For train arrival/departure and PNR status inquiries at various railway stations at Bangalore, call 139.

http://www.indianrail.gov.in/inet_trn_num.html

Here is a list of useful trains to Bangalore:

Train Number Train Name
2630 Nizammudin-Yesvantpur Sampark Kranti Express
1017 Dadar (Mumbai)- Bangalore City Chalukya Express
1014 Coimbatore-Lokamanya Tilak Express
2007 Chennai-Mysore Shatabdi Express
2027 Chennai-Bangalore Shatabdi Express
2658 Chennai-Bangalore Mail
2678 Coimbatore-Bangalore Intercity Express
2735 Garib Rath Express
2785 Kacheguda-Bangalore Express
2430 Rajdhani Express
2650 Sampark Kranti Express
6525 Kanyakumari-Bangalore Express
7310 Vasco-Yesvantpur Express
7312 Vasco-Chennai Express
8464 Prasanti Express
6518 Mangalore-Yesvantpur Express

Note: Travelling from Mumbai to Bangalore by train takes a long time (23-24 hours). Buses are comparatively faster and take around (18-20 hrs), provided there is no traffic jam in Mumbai and Pune enroute. Effective travel time by both train and bus is long. Air travel is recommended for Business Travelers which is about 90 minutes. Low cost airlines charge the same fare as AC train or Volvo bus.

However, sleeper class (Non-AC) train travel from Mumbai to Bangalore is economical and you can have view of some ever green lush forests and river valleys across Western India.

By Air

Bangalore International Airport (IATA: BLR) at Devanahalli, 44 km north of downtown Bangalore, is among India’s busiest and most modern, with direct flights to many major European and Asian destinations.

Lufthansa http://www.lufthansa.com/

Singapore Airlines http://www.singaporeair.com/

Indian Airlines http://www.indianairlines.in/index.aspx

Tiger Airways http://www.tigerairways.com/

AirAsia http://www.airasia.com/

Malaysian Airlines http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/

British Airways http://www.britishairways.com/

Emirates http://www.emirates.com/

Air France http://www.airfrance.com/

Thai Airways http://www.thaiair.com/

Dragonair http://www.dragonair.com/

Jet Airways http://www.jetairways.com/

Kingfisher Airlines http://www.flykingfisher.com/

Kingfisher Red previously (Air Deccan) http://www.flykingfisher.com/

Paramount Airways http://www.paramountairways.com/

Go Air http://www.goair.in/

Jet lite http://www.jetlite.com/jlv1/default.aspx and

SpiceJet http://www.spicejet.com/

Helicopter services are operated by Air Deccan Air Limousine where passengers can get a helicopter service to take them to the airport. Many new apartment complexes in Bangalore are equipped with these helipads, such as Golden Grand Apartments and Brigade Gateway Hotel and Apartments. Contact the Deccan counter at the airport terminal. Rates begin from Rs 5000 for a lift to UB-City Towers at Bangalore’s CBD.

To See

  • Vidhana Soudha – The legislative House of the State of Karnataka, this granite building was built by Sri K. Hanumanthaiya, Chief Minister of the then Mysore state 1951 to 1956. The then Prime Minister Sri Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation on 13th July 1951. It was built at an expenditure of Rs 1.84 crores. Marvel of neo-Dravidian architecture and one of the most imposing building not only in Bangalore but in India. One of the interesting feature of this building in grand stairs in its front. The grand stairs has a flight of forty-five steps 62 m (204 ft) wide 21 m (70 ft) deep giving a direct access to the foyer of first floor leading to an Assembly Chamber. The architecture of the building is based on Dravidian style, comprising richly carved bases and capitals for pillars, deep friezes, kapotha cornices, chaithya arches, heavy pediments domical finials, etc; At the same time, the construction has been on modern designs, making use of the present-day materials like steel, reinforced cement concrete glass, plastic, etc.
  • Vikasa Soudha – This ultra modern construction, adjacent to majestic Vidhana Soudha built in the same classic style, is supposed to come fitted with the latest gizmos to help govern the state. It was inaugurated sometime in February 2005.
  • Seshadari Iyer Memorial is a distinctive building constructed of red sand stone in Cubbon Park. It houses a public library and the Bangalore High Court, while the grounds include a children’s recreation area with a toy train, fairground and theater.

Bangalore Palace Garden

  • Bangalore Palace was constructed by the Maharajahs of Mysore. For many years the building was neglected as a tourist attraction, but is now open to the public. This is a run down building with paint peeling on the interior and generally a tourist trap to be avoided. The fee is Rs. 100/200 Indian/Foreigner and 500 to take photos even of the exterior. This includes a guide to point out things like the mounted elephant head, though no mention is made of the numerous nude paintings.

Bangalore Palace

Tippu Sultan’s Summer Palace

 

 

  • Tipu Sultan’s Palace, which dates from about 1790, was the summer retreat for Tipu sultan. The two story structure is made mostly out of wood with finely embellished balconies, pillars and arches.
  • Omthara Kala Kuteera is located 40 km (25 mi) from Bangalore. Just one hour from the hustle and bustle of Bangalore, Omthara Kala Kuteera is an oasis of peace and tranquility. Built as homage to India’s ancient culture and its vibrant art, this masterpiece is a monument like none other. Located amidst 30 acres of lush gardens in rustic surroundings, Omthara Kala Kuteera offers an environment that soothes the soul and energizes the mind. A visit to Om Thara Kala Kuteera has been described variously by guests as “Heaven on Earth”, “Temple like none other”, “Place of Divinity”, “Uplifts my Soul”, and “Source of Peace and Happiness”. See http://www.OmtharaKalaKuteera.com for directions and more details on this remarkable place.
  • Sri Ramakrishna Ashram – There are many Ramakrishna Ashrams in Bangalore, but the special and central one is in Gandhi Bazaar – the place of temples in Bangalore. This mutt contains a vast meditating hall, a beautiful park, a Vedic school and many more facilities. Sri Sharada Devi had meditated on a location in the park in this boundary. This location is preserved as a monument. A stone on which Swami Vivekananda had sat when he visited Bangalore is also kept as a monument. This is a calm and peaceful place for the people who enjoy the meditation.

Cubbon Park

  • Cubbon Park. A 121 ha (300 acre) green lung in the center of the city. Sitting in the shade of one its many magnificent trees and watching towering bamboo sway in the breeze, it is hard to imagine that you are in the heart of a metropolis of over 8.8 million people and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing cities. Avoid the secluded areas. There is also a toy train offering children’s rides. http://www.numberkyahai.com/bangalore-parks-gardens.php#Cubbon

Lal Bag Glass House

  • The Lal Bagh. A meticulously cared for garden located on the southern part of the city. Throughout its 97 ha (240 acre), there are lotus ponds, fountains, glass houses and stone formations that date back over 3.0 billion years. Described as the most romantic garden in India, it was laid during the 18th century by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. There is a small entrance fee after 9AM. A flower show is held during the week preceding Indian Independence day (August 15) and Republic day (January 26) in the Glass House. This flower show features exquisite flowers and patterns designed by the experienced gardeners of Lalbagh. Beware the tour guides, especially if you come in with a taxi driver. ALWAYS negotiate the tour price for the party at the outset. Otherwise, you will be charged a hefty fee at the tour’s conclusion. Tour guides are not necessary.

Bannerghatta National Park

  • Bannerghatta National Park is on the southern fringe of the city. This 100 sq.km national park consists mostly of dense forest and scrub land, and is home to wild animals like bison, leopard, wild boar as well as being an important corridor for elephants migrating between the eastern and western ghats. Other attractions here are a crocodile farm, serpentarium and a newly added butterfly park. In addition, a portion of the park is used as a sanctuary for wild rescued animals.

Lumbini Gardens

  • Lumbini Gardens. A new attraction in Bangalore. It is located near hebbal flyover and is on the lake front of Nagvara lake. It has been recently developed with a grant of Rs 10 crore. Major attractions of the park include boat rides, wave pool and children’s garden.
  • Bugle Rock Park Named so because during the monarchy, a bugle call was sounded from the watch tower to alert soldiers about impending danger. Adjacent to the Bull Temple in Basavanagudi, this park has been recently renovated and is home to the watch tower that marked the southern limits of the city during the times of Kempegowda. The park is relatively small, well maintained and is a favorite location for couples from the nearby educational institutions.

Wonder La Amusement park

  • Wonder La Amusement park. A new attraction in Bangalore. It is India’s biggest amusement and water park which belongs to V-Guard firm. This park boasts of several rides(both ground & water). This is one of the best spots to visit in Bangalore. It is in the outskirts of the city off Mysore Road. This Park is very expensive so you should have enough money to enjoy. The entry fee is only Rs 450 per head. If two people are going to Wonderla bring at least Rs 1000. Overall, very clean bathrooms and the water, excellent rides, trained operators for the rides, well maintained equipment, decent food in restaurants, fun water rides, enjoy the rain dance and fire crackers/laser lights in evening. Enough rides to keep you busy all the day; however, there were no roller coasters. *The park does not allow outside food. You can find out more by visiting the website http://www.wonderla.com/
  • The Innovative Film City(IFC).The Innovative Film City(IFC)

http://www.khojbin.com/Innovative-Film-City_Bangalore_Karnataka_things-to-do-overview/1/800040

Located on the Bangalore – Mysore highway at Bidadi. Built on an area of around 50 acres it is supposed to be the biggest entertainment centre, theme park and much more. The film city has several small attractions such as world famous Ripley’s Believe it or not museum, Louis Tussad wax museum, Funplex, Aqua Kingdom (artificial beach), Dinosaur world, cartoon city. It is also having a go-carting zone, a mini golf course, a 4D amphitheater, fossil museum. The entry fee to the park is Rs.50. There is a separate fee for each of the attractions.

Omthara Kala Kuteera

  • Omthara Kala Kuteera is located 40 km (25 mi) from Bangalore. Just one hour from the hustle and bustle of Bangalore, Omthara Kala Kuteera is an oasis of peace and tranquility. Built as homage to India’s ancient culture and its vibrant art, this masterpiece is a monument like none other. Located amidst 30 acres of lush gardens in rustic surroundings, Omthara Kala Kuteera offers an environment that soothes the soul and energizes the mind. A visit to Om Thara Kala Kuteera has been described variously by guests as “Heaven on Earth”, “Temple like none other”, “Place of Divinity”, “Uplifts my Soul”, and “Source of Peace and Happiness”. See http://www.OmtharaKalaKuteera.com for directions and more details on this remarkable place.

Sangama Mekedatu. Mekedatu = Goat’s leap.

  • Mekedatu, meaning ‘Goat’s Leap’,is 98 km (61 mi) from Bangalore. Here, the river Kaveri flows through a spectacular rock chasm, wide enough for only a goat to leap across. This gives Mekedatu its name. It is a very popular picnic spot.

Art of Living Ashram

  • Art Of Living Ashram is at a distance of 21 km (13 mi) from the city centre on Kanakpura road (NH-209). It is the ashram of Sri Sri Ravishankar. On regular day Satsang is at 7 PM and on Sundays at 4PM. The ashram is full of greenery and the soothing ambiance provides a great place to relax.

Hesaraghatta Lake

  • Hesaraghatta Lake is 29 km (18 mi) from the city centre. It is a delightful artificial lake spread over 405 ha (1,000 acre) and provides facilities for sailing. A livestock breeding and poultry center have been established as a part od a Indo-Danish project.

Chunchi falls

  • Chunchi Falls are beautiful waterfalls located 85 km (53 mi) from Bangalore. The water from a nearby dam flows down this ravine, and the area is very rocky so one needs to be careful. There are also reports of crocodiles inhabiting the area, though this has not been substantiated. The water from Chunchi flows down to meet Kaveri River at Sangam, a distance of about 15 km. Chunchi falls is created by the river Arkavati and has rocks all along with path. Due to constant water flow, the rocks have shaped to different shapes. It provides a wonderful view for the nature lover and have lots from artistic view point.
  • Nandi Hills, 60 km (37 mi) from Bangalore, is a beautiful hill station. Apart from being a scenic area it also houses two 10th century Chola temples with Vijayanagara style mantapas. The temples are in excellent condition. One temple is after the entrance to the fortifications half way up the hill and the other at the top. The location is famous for Kannada film shootings.
  • Ramanagara, the district headquarters, is 49 km (30 mi) from Bangalore, on the Bangalore-Mysore highway. The place is a treat for rock climbers.One of the famous hills is the Sri Revanna Sideshwara (SRS) hills. The forests around this place are now proposed as a wildlife sanctuary to not only protect the wildlife of the scrub jungle but also to protect the massive prehistoric rocks and boulders that are present all around. The Bollywood film Sholay was shot among the rocks of Ramanagara.
  • Janapada Loka is 53 km (33 mi) from Bangalore, on the Bangalore-Mysore highway, and is spread over 6 ha (15 acre). The center was established for the preservation and promotion of local folk culture and traditions. An art gallery, open air theatre and museum are also located here.
  • Savandurga, 60 km (37 mi) from Bangalore, is famous hilltop pilgrim center has temples dedicated to Gangadeshwara, Hanna Devi and a cave spring called Pattala. When viewed from a distance, the outline of the hill looks like the figure of a bull (Nandi) on the east, Lord Ganesha from the west, A cobra from the north and a Shiva linga from the south.
  • Sangama is 103 km (64 mi) from Bangalore. Here the river Arakavati joins the Kaveri inside the Chilandavadi forest. The Kaveri has several whirlpools in the stretch between Mekedatu and Sangama and it is not advisable to swim in the river at either of these places.
  • Muthyala Maduvu , 44 km (27 mi) from Bangalore, is a picnic spot having an enchanting waterfall and a small temple.
  • Nrityagram http://www.nrityagram.org/ is in Hessaraghatta, 28 km (17 mi) from the city centre. It is India’s first modern Gurukul (residential dance school) and a intentional community in the form of a dance village, set up by Odissi danseuse Protima Gauri in 1990.  In Protima Gauri’s own words…”It is a community of dancers in a forsaken place amidst nature. A place where nothing exists, except dance. A place where you breathe, eat, sleep, dream, talk, imagine -dace. A place where all the five senses can be refined to perfection. A place where dancers drop negative qualities such as jealousy, small-mindedness, greed and malice to embrace their colleagues as sisters and support each other in their journey towards becoming dancers of merit.” Nrityagram has grown in its stature by leaps and bounds and is known today for some of the best ensemble work in . Perfection in dance along with a high level of good technical support, leading to a complete presentation, is its trademark. Vasanta Habba cultural event organised by Nrityagram is known as the classical Woodstock of India.
  • Chamrajsagar Reservoir, 35 km (22 mi) from Bangalore, is an excellent picnic spot near the river Arakavati.
  • Ghati Subramanya, 52 km (32 mi) from Bangalore, is a famous pilgrimage center and houses a Lord Subramanya Temple. Also located nearby are the rock formations of Makalidurga, which are excellent for trekking.
  • Halenijagal is located around 60 km (37 mi) from Bangalore on NH-4 amidst several other exotic hills and valleys.
  • Devanahalli, located 40 km (25 mi) from the city centre, is close to the airport. It is the birthplace of Tippu Sultan and has a massive fort and some beautiful temples.
  • Magadi, 46 km (29 mi) from Bangalore, is the birthplace of Kempe Gowda. The place has the remnants of a fort and four temples of un spoilt charm.
  • Kanva Reservoir, 69 km (43 mi) from Bangalore, is an excellent picnic spot and has facilities for fishing.
  • Shivaganga , 56 km (35 mi) from Bangalore, is a good trekking site.

City Tours:

  • The half-day http://kstdc.nic.in/ctours01.html or full-day city tours offered by KSTDC http://kstdc.net/ , the government tourist office, are cheap and cover the city’s major attractions with English speaking guides.
  • Bangalore Rounds (Full day tour), organised by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation http://www.bmtcinfo.com/ , is conducted in an air-conditioned bus and covers most important tourist spots in the city. It is advisable to book seats the previous day by dialing 080-12667. The tour costs Rs.250.

Typically, the city tours do NOT include entry fees into the attractions. Bangalore, as with the rest of India, has a habit of charging foreigners a lot more than locals. For example, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, which is on the half-day tour, charges Rs. 10 for Indians and Rs. 100 (or $2 USD) to non-Indians.

Temples

  • ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Road, ☎ +91-80-23471956, 23578346 (fax: +91-80-23578625), http://www.iskconbangalore.org/ . 03:45 – 20:00. Temple built on a hillock in Rajajinagar atop scenic surroundings, is a perfect blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony. The huge cultural complex was built to promote vedic culture and spiritual learning, and abounds with shops selling devotional items and souvenirs. The annual Krishna and Balarama Rath Yatra is attended by thousands.
  • Maruthi Mandir, a Hanuman Temple is located just opposite – 5 minutes drive from ISKCON temple, in the gate of Mahalakshmi Layout. This is a rock hill with huge idols of Hanuman and Mahalakshmi temples. The annual festival of Hanumad Jayanthi during December is very attractive.
  • The Bull Temple, located in Basavanagudi, is a typical Dravidian style temple, and is famous for its mammoth bull statue that was carved from a single boulder. Legend has it that the temple was built to appease a marauding bull that stole local crops, and that the offering was effective with the bull subsequently leaving the area. Since then, local farmers have held an annual festival to express their gratitude.
  • The Maha Bodhi Society Temple (see ‘learn’ section) is a relatively new structure, with the main shrine built as a replica of the historic stupa at Bodh Gaya. The temple grounds are very peaceful, and visitors are welcome to stroll around. In addition, the temple houses an excellent library of books on Buddhism, many of which are in English.
  • Gavi Gangadeshwara Cave Temple,located in Gavipuram, was built by Kempe Gowda. This temple with four remarkable monolithic pillars is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple also has a rare idol of Agni god of fire. The annual festival is on Makara Shankranti and thousands of devotees flock to see the sun’s rays fall on the Shivlinga.
  • Vasanthapura,in South Bangalore, is a small hillock with an ancient temple dedicated to Sri Vasantha Vallabharaya Swamy.
  • Shiva Temple (Shiv Mandir), Old Airport Road. This temple has a massive monolith of Lord Shiva, located in the middle of an artificial pool. There is a cave-like walkthrough behind the statue. It is extremely crowded on the festival of Maha Shivaratri. Free entrance, camera Rs. 25.
  • Banaswadi Hanuman Temple,constructed in the Dravidian style, attracts a large number of devotees especially on week-ends. It has smaller temples dedicated to Lord Rama, Shiva and Ganapathi within the walled compund.
  • VenkataramanaSwamy Temple is a fine example of Dravidian architecture. This ancient temple was built by Maharaja Chikka Devaraya Wodeyar and is situated next to the summer palace of Tipu Sultan.
  • Lord Shiva Temple behind Kemp Fort, Airport Road
  • Dodda Ganapathi – one of the oldest temples in Bangalore is situated adjacent to the Bull Temple.
  • Ragi Gudda is a famous Hanuman temple abode in the Jayanagar 9th block, South of Bangalore. The temple is situated on a mammoth rocky hill, and has very attractive chain of temples like Spathika Shiva, Ganesha and scenery within the premises. This is a very crowd attracting place during the period of Hanumad Jayanthi in December.
  • Sri RajaRajeshwari Temple located in RajaRajeshwari Nagar, just before Kengeri on Mysore Road is a famous temple dedicated to Godess Parvathi (RajaRajeshwari). Built in the ancient style with stones, the temple is very spacious. One can feel the peace and satisfaction when visited. Week ends are very crowdy.
  • DakshinaMukhy Nandeeshwara Temple, located in the heart of Bangalore is very ancient temple. This is on Sampige Road in the Malleshwaram area. The speciality of the temple is that, the natural (mineral) water flows from the mouth of Nandi (naturally) which is above a ShivaLingam, and pours all over the year as ABHISHEKAM by nature itself. This water, after Abhishekam is taken by devotees as medicinal water, believed to cure many diseases. People from all over the world take this water in small containers with a lot of trust and devotion.
  • Mukti Naga temple in Bangalore is world’s largest monolithic statue of Lord Naaga, about 16 feet tall and 36 tons of weight. The Mukti Naga temple which is run by Shri Subrahmanya Seva Trust, is situated in a serene ambience of Ramohalli, a village on the outskirts of Bangalore city. Further details can be had at address http://www.karnatakavision.com/mukti-naga-temple.php
  • Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, located on the Bannerghatta Road – after Indian Institute of Management, South of Bangalore, is a beatiful, spacious temple devoted to Sri Meenakshi Amma. Built in ancient style with stone structures, this place is very cool and mind refreshing place to see. You will feel that you are in a temple at Tamilnad, when in this temple.

To Do

  • Experience the Bangalore pub scene, mostly around MG Road, Brigade Road, and Church Street.
  • Go shoppingat Bangalore’s famous malls and traditional markets:
    • ‘The Forum’, ‘Garuda Mall’
    • ‘Bangalore Central’.
    • “KR Market” – city’s largest vegetable and fruit market.
    • Gandhi Bazaar, Gandhi Bazaar Road.
    • Enjoy the unique shopping experience on Sampige Road at Malleswaram in the traditional south Indian styled shops.
  • Try your hand at go-karting.
  • Attend a wonderful outdoor concert at Palace Grounds.
  • Visit the beautiful lakes in Bangalore. Ulsoor Lake and Sankey Tank offer an enriching, pleasant experience.
  • Ultimate Frisbee, Police Grounds, MG Road, http://www.learningtofly.in/ Come and experience the budding ultimate scene in India. The teams comprise of players of all skill levels. Join us for a game of ultimate on Tues/Thurs/Sat mornings starting 6:30AM. For more information, contact learningtofly.in@gmail.com
  • Bangalore WALKS, ☎ 98806 71192, http://www.bangalorewalks.com/index.htm 3hours. Bangalore WALKS is great way to discover unique areas of Bangalore. Whether a visitor, or a long time resident, one can discover unknown facets of the city. The walks include Traditional Bangalore walk, Victorian Bangalore walk & the Lalbagh walk. The walks range from Rs. 300 (approx $6 ) to Rs. 500 (approx $10 ) and include breakfast/brunch at famed Bangalore eateries. Email: bangalorewalks@gmail.com
  • Theater

Rangashankara. http://www.rangashankara.org/

36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase. Tel: 26592777 or 26494656.

Tickets Rs. 45 – 100. Show: 7:30PM. Very strict about Time. They will not let you in even one minute after the show has started  for information on what plays are running. Shows are in various languages, so it is a good idea to double-check whether the play is in English before buying / reserving (“blocking”) tickets.

  • Movies – Take in a movie at one of the innumerable theaters around the city:
    • PVR Gold Class Cinema, Forum Mall

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  • Spa
    • The 5th Element” Thai spa near Dell office on Inner Ring Road [080-41268111] it is the only spa where all the practitioners are authentic Thai. They specialise in Thai massages, relaxation massages, exotic scrubs and wraps.
  • SPA.ce http://www.spacethespa.com/ on Cunningham Road, run by an ex-pat Brit. It’s best to book in advance for these spas. Perfect getaways without checking into a resort or driving a long distance out of the city.
  • Aroma Home Spa www.aromahomespa.com 080-4205 3467) has opened in Whitefield area (at Marathahalli, close to the Bangalore tech parks and upcoming 5 star hotels). This spa boasts of ALL natural eco-friendly products in use and a first of its kind hydro therapy massage in addition to therapies suited to individual needs.
  • Akaasa‘ located in the posh location of Defense Colony www.akaasa.in is a perfect way to ‘treat your senses’.
  • Learn Buddhism
    • The Maha Bodhi Society, 14 Kalidasa Road, Gandhinagar, +91 80 2250684, E-mail: mahabodhi@vsnl.com [58]. This temple has a very active schedule. There are teachings on the Dharma in English on the first two and last Sundays of every month from 9:30-11:30AM, while on the 3rd Sunday there is a meditation retreat. Anyone is welcome to attend. The temple also has a good library and a beautiful garden – a great place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis outside.
  • Thubten Lekshey Ling (Dharma Subhashita), Tel: +91 98 80296930, E-mail:info@dharmasubhashita.org, [59], is an Indo-Tibetan Buddhist meditation and study group founded under the spiritual guidance of HH Pema Norbu (Penor) Rinpoche. Weekend teachings in meditation and philosophy are offered by lamas from Namdroling Monastery, Bylakupee. Thubten Lekshey Ling follows the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism as our spiritual practice lineage. Thubten Lekshey Ling upholds the non-sectarian values of the ri-me’ movement.
  • Choe Khor Sum Ling (CKSL), Ashwini, No. 24, First Floor, Domlur Layout, Tel: +91 80 41486497, E-mail: admin@choekhorsumling.org, http://www.cksl.in/ . This Tibetan Buddhist meditation and study center is in Domlur near Shanti Sagar Hotel on Airport Road. CKSL is a center for the study and practice of Mahayana Buddhism following the lineage and example of Lord Buddha. The Center, whose name means ‘The Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma’ was founded in 2003 by Lama Zopa Rinpoche under the guidance of HH the XIVth Dalai Lama. The Center offers courses in various Buddhist meditation techniques and teachings on different aspects of Buddhism. Teachings are offered free to the public and are conducted in English or in Tibetan (with translation in English). In addition to regular teachings, every few weeks the Center invites senior Lamas to give talks on important aspects of the Buddhist path. Such talks are also accompanied by instructions and initiations by the Lama into different meditation practices.
  • Science and stuff

Bangalore is famous for its innumerable educational and research institutes. The Indian Institute of Science, http://www.iisc.ernet.in/ , set in sprawling grounds, is the largest and best in India. It does cutting-edge research on almost any topic imaginable. Also, there are other places like JNCASR (Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research), the various veterinary and agriculture universities, the University of Bangalore, and NCBS (National Centre for Biological Sciences). There is also the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, which conducts two sky-gazing shows daily, and conducts many exhibitions and workshops by / for children. More information can be found at http://www.taralaya.org/ .

Other places include the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, ISRO Satellite Centre, Raman Research Institute, Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Central Power Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), CSIR Centre for Mathematical Modeling and Computer Simulation (CMMACS), Indian institute of Management – Bangalore (IIM -B), Indian Institute of Information Technology – Bangalore (IIIT-B), Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB) , Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Science.

In short, Bangalore is the place to go to in India for post-graduation (graduate studies) or higher.

  • Handicraft
    • Chandi – The Divine Gallery, Shop No. 12, First Floor, Public Utility Building, M.G. Road +91 80 4112-3590/41123610, specializing in Indian divine figures in all mediums. Claims to have the biggest collection of Ganeshas in Bangalore. High-quality and locally-priced wares, no pushy salesmanship.
  • The Cauvery Arts & Crafts Emporium, 45 M G Road, +91 80 2558-1118, is a large store, offering a wide selection of some of Karnataka’s best hand made products. The carvings made of Mysore sandalwood are an especially good buy.
  • Central Cottage Industries Emporium (CCIE), M G Road – A government run store promoting traditional Indian hand crafts. The CCIE has major outlets in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai.
  • Royal Arts & Crafts, 21 K.H. Road, +91 80 2248-4797 has a particularly wide selection of silk carpets and paper mache products.
  • Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation, 45 K.S.H.D.C Complex, M.G.Road, +91 80 2558-1118 – specializes in Karnataka handicraft.
  • Kala Madhyam Store located in Benson Town show cases over 15 exquisite folk and tribal art paintings, handicrafts from across India, clothing for women and specialises in wall murals (of folk and tribal art as well as terra cotta). Please visit: #77/8, Nandidurg Road, (Benson Cross Road Corner, Second Floor, Flat No 2, Benson Town, Bangalore – 560 046. Email: mail@kalamadhyam.org http://www.kalamadhyam.org
  • Trekking
  • Scuba diving

Pigeon Island (Netrani Island) lies about 10 km off the coast of Murudeshwar in Karnataka. It is a 4 hour drive from Goa, or can be reached by Konkan Railway, with Murudeshwar and Bhatkal being the nearest stations. There are currently no local dives centers here, and all diving at this location is organized by dive centers based in Goa.

The visibility here is generally in the 15-20m range and the dive sites are between 10 to 30m. Marine life is spectacular, with huge schools of Jacks, Barracuda, Triggerfish and Fusiliers.

To Eat

These are a few speciality dishes you can feast on in Karnataka:

  • Dosa – A thin dough baked until crisp and containing masala. To eat, pieces are broken off and dipped in one of the amazing sauces that accompany the dish.
  • Bisibele Baath – Made of rice and lentils and a lot of spices.
  • Raagi and Akki Rotis – Similar to tortillas but made of raagi (English: coracan, finger millet) or rice flour and black cumin, asafoetida, fresh coriander, green chillies and finely chopped onions.
  • Raagi Mudde – A staple food in some South Indian households. It is basically made by cooking raagi flour in water and rolling it into thick-consistency balls. Raagi mudde is swallowed and not chewed after dipping it into ghee and sambar.
  • Idli – Idli, also prounounced “idly”, is made by steaming batter — traditionally made from black lentils and rice — into patties using a two to three inch diameter mold.
  • Jolada Roti: A thin tortilla made of Jawar baked on both sides for 2-3 minutes, grown in northern part of karnataka. Preferable to have with brinjal curry.

Famous Drink

  • Filter Coffee is very famous and unique about Karnataka.
  • Badam Milk (crushed almond powder mixed with milk served hot and cold.)

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Food:

  • Shettara Beedi (Food Street) The entire street adjoining the famous VB Bakery at V V Puram is Bangalore’s miniature version of Kuala Lumpur’s Jalan Alor foodstalls. A haven for anyone who enjoys hawker fare, one can stall-hop and have a variety of snacks that’ll satisfy even the most ravenous hunger and spend less than Rs. 100/- (USD 2.50) in total. Some of the must-try dishes are dum-root and butter-bun congress at VB Bakery. The dosas, obbattu (sweet pancake), akkirotti (rice pancake), fried bondas, butter-gulkand, and masala-pepsi available at the various stalls are also delicious. Note that the street comes alive only in the evenings (after 6PM) and that only vegetarian fare is available here.
  • Janani, J.P.Nagar.It is a great place to have breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can have idli and sambar for Rs. 8 and a cup of tea for Rs. 6. You can have a north Indian Roti Curri for Rs. 12. If you want to have good Punjabi food, go upstairs and get a good meals under Rs. 150.
  • Anupams Coastal Express , Shivanand Circle. If you want to taste some real good sea food , you ought to go to this place. They make fantastic fish dishes. Neer Dosa with Chicken Pulimunchi ,Kori Roti and Chicken Ghee Roast are some things you really cant miss.
  • Hotel Empire, Church Street(next to museum inn), & 2 other locations on Center Street and Koramangala, http://www.hotelempireinternational.com/ . 10AM-3PM daily. Serves Indian, Chinese, and Middle eastern cuisine until late night. Try Butter Chicken, Chicken Kababs and Parathas. Chicken Thali in the evening is great taste and also good value for money budget.
  • Fanoos. Adjoining Johnson Market, off Brigade Road. One of the joints for getting Sheekh (beef) Rolls in Bangalore. They come in various sizes – sheekh roll, sheekh jumbo, sheekh mambo, sheekh rambo and sheekh sambo – the latter of which is almost 2 inches thick. There are other options like chicken, mutton and paneer rolls as well as kababs and shawarma. Rs. 30-100 per head. But the hygiene here is almost non-existent.
  • Mavalli Tiffin Room (MTR), 11 Lal Bagh Road, +91 80 2222-0022, +91 80 2222-1706. One of the very old traditional breakfast places in Bangalore. There are a few people who have been having their breakfast at MTR everyday for the past 15 years. Closed between 2:45 and 3:30 PM. Expect a long wait on weekends. Traditional 12 course Karnataka lunches are also available here for around Rs.90 per head. Advance reservations recommended at weekends. Their Rava idlis, Dosas and Bisi Bele Bath are excellent. It has maintained its excellent quality over the years and is very famous. It is on the road perpendicular to Lal bagh main gate.
  • New Shanti Sagar. This is an reasonably reliable chain of (veg) south Indian restaurants. Branches scattered all over the city, notably in Koramangala 80ft road, Jayanagar, Domlur, etc. Rs 50-200.
  • The Adiga’s chain of restaurants to the south of Bangalore. Prominent among them are the joints located in: Jayanagar 4th Block, take the road facing BHS First Grade College, Basavanagudi. Here is the list: Adiga’s Park 585, 10th Main, 42nd cross, 5th Block Jayanagar; Adiga’s Foodline, 502,40th Cross, 8th block; Adiga’s Delicacy, 105 Dickenson’s road, Manipal Centre; Adiga’s Majestic, Next to Fkcci Bldg, KG Road; Adiga’s Nalapaka, across from HSBC Complex, Bannerghatta, Arikere.
  • Sree Krishna fast food a little further from the road connecting Lalbagh Westgate with Basavanagudi.
  • SLV chain of restaurants. Prominent among them are located in: Banashankari 2nd Stage, opposite BDA park and the one in J.P.Nagar 2nd Phase near Ragigudda Temple
  • Vidhyarthi Bhavan, just off Gandhi Bazar in Basavanagudi – A gastronomic haven – offering some of the best Masala Dosa in the world! This quaint little place is so famous that it has not even bothered to change it’s age old sign board (who needs it anyway, the aroma wafting through the air is a good enough indication that you are in the vicinity of the place)!!! Get there early for a breakfast, there’s always a bee-line for places to sit.
  • Brahmin’s Coffee Bar, just off ShankarMutt in Shankarapuram(Basavanagudi) -Famous for Idly, Vada and Its famous Chutney.You also get Khaarabath. Dont expect Sambar for Vada here.
  • Hotel Janatha, 8th Cross Road, Malleswaram – Makes some of the best Vada Sambhar and Masala Dosa in town.
  • Corner House, Residency Road (2558-3262), BTM Road, Koramangala (Off 80ft Road), Airport Road (Arlton Towers), Marthahalli (Whitefield Road)and Shivananda Circle is one of the best ice cream parlours offering a variety of treats. Their famed ‘Death by Chocolate’ (popularly known as DBC) is a must for all chocolate lovers and has attained a cult status. Can be tricky to find a spot during peak times and you may find yourself being ‘encouraged’ by the staff to leave quickly once you do.
  • Central Tiffin Room (a.k.a CTR), Margosa Road, Malleswaram – Another landmark hotel, dishing out some divine ‘Benne Masala Dosa’, which literally melts in the mouth.
  • Upahara Darshini, on DVG road, Basavanagudi. Another of Bangalore’s new found Darshinis dishing out top notch Masala Dosa and Vada Sambhar
  • Lake View Milk Bar, MG Road. Tel: +91 80 2558-7410 – excellent ice creams, club sandwiches and burgers.
  • McDonalds, Forum Mall, Koramangala – Don’t expect to find any beef items.
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken(KFC) Indiranagar Serves good chicken and fast food.
  • Shiv Sagar, Narayan Pillai Street, Off Commercial Street. Tel: +91 80 509-8892 – Don’t get put off by the location! It’s a great place to eat.
  • Coconut Grove, Church Street – try the appams and Kerala parottas with a chicken source dish. Their lunch offer for Rs. 80 is also really good. A pretty good choice for reasonably priced quality seafood. Coco-Grove the outdoor ‘beer cafe’ extension is also worth a look.
  • KC Das: This is a chain of Bengali sweets stores.shop in Bangalore. The one on Church Street is perhaps the most visible and famous but there are outlets on Coles Road, BTM Layout etc.
  • Udupi Garden, 16th Main BTM Layout. Simple Udupi restaurant. Serves very good south Indian dishes at nominal prices. Also serves north Indian food.
  • Nandini, the Andhra fast food chain serves some excellent biriyani and chicken dishes
  • Shezan, on Lavelle Road and Cunningham Road, +91 80 22249319, +91 80 22249667, +91 80 22287895 +91 80 22262195. This restaurant provides Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines with a good menu choice where beef, fish, prawn, mutton and chicken meat are available. Excellent steaks.
  • Savera Tea Shop. 24-hour tea shops near Russell Market in Shivajinagar and on MG Road. Good place to go for a cup of tea in the dead of the night. Serves tea, Suleimani (honey+lemon) tea and a variety of biscuits. Rs. 3-15
  • Kanti Sweets. KG Road, Majestic, Malleswaram Circle, RT Nagar. Very good samosas, kachoris and North Indian sweets like rasmalai. Rapidly expanding chain, so there are plenty of branches all over the city now, which serve parathas and other food items as well. The main branch in Majestic is the best, and serves only samosas, kachoris and sweets. Rs. 10-50 per head.
  • Kohinoor, Brigade Road. Serves very reasonably priced Kerala muslim style food.
  • Java, (Phone: 080-4137-8888) in the G block of Diamond District apartment complex in Kodalli on the old Airport Road, is a hidden gem that serves buffet lunch and dinner for Rs 150 on weekdays, Rs 250 on weekends (as of 2008-06-30). The buffet consists of both North and South Indian dishes and caters to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Reasonably priced (Rs 90 to Rs 120 entree) a-la-carte selection is available outside of lunch and dinner hours.
  • Richies on MMRoad off Mosque Road serves the kind of biryani that is the Bangalore original. It is located midway on MM Road, and hard to miss because of the crowds that throng its takeaway counter. One visits Richies only for the food—tables and chairs made of synthetic wood, and dim light from gaudy chandeliers don’t exactly make for great ambiance. A motley bunch of diners cram the place for lunch and dinner (they have only recently built the second and third floors). The biryani here is delicious, and you must love meat to love Richies. The menu is limited; but the mutton and chicken biryani stand out from each other—they are not flavoured with the same masala, or heaven forbid, rice, their kababs are something nice and unique too.

Dhabas

  • There are few Dhabas catering to all tastes. Both South and North Indian fare is available at most places and is clean and cheap. A special mention is the green park dhaba on the outskirts on Bellary Road and Golconda Chimney on the airport road. Try the Chicken Kathi rolls and the Biryani.
  • Try out Bobby-da-Dhaba near Ulsoor Lake. Take a left turn from MG Road – Trinity Circle and ask for Gurudwara (the Sikh temple). Right next to the Gurudwara is Bobby-da-Dhaba. The food is quite good (albeit slightly oily). It basically serves paranthas (with lots of butter), chaach, kheer and a number of side dishes (most notable being their Shahi Paneer and Rajma). You may have to wait for a while in case it is full. So it’s better to go slightly early (say 12PM for lunch and 7:30PM for dinner to avoid rush).

What

  • Fresh coconuts are abundant in Bangalore, and the water sipped straight from the nut is a healthy, enjoyable and cheap way to quench the thirst.
  • As in many parts of India, the yogurt based drink lassi is readily available in Bangalore. It is served plain or flavored with sugar or fruit, mango being a popular one. Lassi is particularly refreshing on a hot day and is also very effective in cooling and calming the stomach after an overly-spicy meal.
  • Fresh lime soda, which is offered “sweet or salt”.
  • Kingfisher is the most popular and widely available beer in Bangalore. It is typically sold in 650 ml bottles, suitable for sharing between two or three people. Note: Indian beer may contain the additive glycerol, which can cause headaches.

Cafes:

  • Cake Walk – #297,100 Feet Road, Indra Nagar. Tasty and Yummy desserts Cake Walk location http://bangalore.burrp.com/establishment/view/198246643
  • Cafe Coffee Day – Can be found all over Bangalore.
  • Barista – Can be found all over Bangalore. Barista locator
  • Coffee World – Can be found all over Bangalore. Coffee World locations
  • Coffee Workers Co-op – M.G. Road – a venerable Bangalore institution, with waiters in traditional uniforms and customers slowly savoring the age-old tradition of coffee drinking – though there are just two choices of coffee: black or white. Have some delightful “masala dosa” here. UPDATE – unfortunately closed due to landlord dispute in April 2009. Reopened in May 2009 at the Church Street”s Brigade Gardens just behind its previous location.
  • BrewHaha – Koramangala http://www.brewhaha.in/ – a coffee shop which also offers snacks and desserts. But the best part is that they have over 50 board games for players of all skills/ages/group sizes. One of the best places for time-pass in Koramangala.
  • Java City on Church street offers a pleasant old Bangalore atmosphere, this place offers a wide variety of tea, coffee from all over the world including pizza, pasta, pastries, cookies, you name it they have it plus you get to see a unique sense of humor in their menu and on the walls. On saturday and Sunday evenings, there is live music, rock and guitar. This place is simple, expatriate friendly and not at all pricy. There is another Java City near Lavelle Road.

Drink

Formerly having a reputation as the Pub City of India, Bangalore’s buoyant pub and nightlife has been curtailed by police and regulatory action, and all bars and nightclubs must close no later than 11.30PM.

Pubs and bars

Budget

Most bars and pubs in the city are somewhat upscale, but many inexpensive restaurants serve beer and good quality food.

If you just need to go out you could go to one of the bars, but if you would like to have a great social experience and are in the city for a considerable period of time consider becoming a member of one of the social expat clubs in the city. The IVES Club http://www.ives.in/ offers a meeting for it’s members every Saturday at one or the other popular nightclubs in Bangalore, its members are interns, expats, volunteers and exchange students residing in the city.

Mid-range
  • Pecos, Rest House Road (off Brigade Road). This 60’s retro pub (a mural of Jerry Garcia greets you at the door) is often crowded on all three floors, including the pleasant roof-top seating area. Free popcorn with every pitcher of beer. Cards are available for frequent customers which make every tenth pitcher of beer free, but you may have to ask several times in order to acquire one and to get it updated.
  • Beer Joint Pub (aka BJP), Indira Nagar
  • Nasa, Church Street.
  • Tavern at The Inn, Museum Road.
  • Styx (next to Cauvery Handicrafts on M.G. Road) – They put the “Heavy” in heavy metal!!
  • Purple Haze, Residency Road. Popular for the classic rock that’s played there. Now there is a new Purple Haze off Hosur Road, Koramangala (close to Jyothi Niwas College).
  • Sparks,Brigade Road extension, next to Brigade Towers.
  • Ego’s, Castle Street, off Brigade Road.
  • J’Cubez, Banshankari 2nd Stage, opp. BDA complex – For all those rock lovers
  • The Bunker, off Residency Road.
  • Jimi’s near Residency road and Koramangala 80″ road offers a nice dark cozy bar along with Rock music and video. The place is best visited during weekends and isn’t hard on your pocket.
  • Legends of Rock, 80ft Road, 6th Block,Koramangala.+91 80 41303232. The only pub in Bangalore that lives up to its name. Watch the Legends perform on large format TV’s. Its more than a pub its an experience.
  • Olio, Koramangala, Bangalore has a great ambiance with beer, wines and continental food. +91 80 4092 7888
  • Opus, Palace Cross Road, near Sankey Road, +91 80 23442580, [86]. A chilled-out, ex-pat friendly lounge with a large outdoor space. Has karaoke on most Sundays and Wednesdays (Kroaknights) as well as regular live music and DJ dance nights. You may need to book ahead on theme nights. there has been a huge price increase on liquor off late!!
  • Sultanate Of Swing: 4th floor, Garuda Mall, Free entry, mainly plays Rock, Retro, Heavy Metal and has a Video DJ.
  • Bull n Bush:4th floor, Garuda Mall, Rs.500/- cover Charge, Plays Hip Hop, House and Occasionally Trance.
  • Le Rock Pub Cafe, Rest House Road (off Brigade Road)+91 8041231001. The latest watering hole in Bangalore. Rock music across the board screened on large Plasma panels; every song can not only be heard but seen as well. Coffee, Kingfisher beer, cocktails, food and Bangalore’s first oxy bar. Open from 10AM to 11:30PM.
  • Windsor Pub Just Off Mount Carmel’s in Kodava Samaja Building, Vasanth Nagar. A small place which serves only beer. Serves good food and nice for a family outing. But only limited tables!!
  • Carpe Diem Church Street (Off Brigade Raod) It’s a “Power Metal” Haven!!
  • B11 Jayanagar 4th Block (above Hotel Pavithra), next to Cool Joint
  • New Night Watchman corner Church and Museum Rds, a little bit dingy but helpful bar staff – satellite TV has the Australia Network so you can watch Rugby Union and AFL games.
Splurge

Most hotels have spiffy bars with every imaginable concoction of drinks available.

  • Kosmo, Formerly Cosmo Village on Magrath Road, has 3 separate areas including a terrace. 81, Ali Askar Road Cross, Off Cunningham Rd. This nightclub is a remodeled colonial villa on a quiet lane, with excellent DJs and expensive drinks, and attracts a wealthy clientele.
  • 13th Floor, Barton Center, M.G Road. Make a reservation.
  • The Beach, 100ft Road, Indiranagar. Make a reservation. Starts with Retro Music, plays some good hip-hop and house towards the end. Makes you feel like you are in Goa.
  • Aura, Cunningham Road
  • Athena, The Leela Hotel, Airport Road – Really popular on most days of the week. The upper VIP lounge is the best part of the club, but the rest of the club is beautifully appointed and attracts a hip crowd.
  • Blue Bar, Race Course Road – On weekends you need to buy drink-tickets for 1500 rs to enter. Excellent drinks if you make sure Joel makes them. Officially they have a couple’s only policy. Spontaneous dancing likely next to the bar.
  • F-Bar (Fashion Bar – a theme bar by FTV) inside Le Meridien
  • Fuga The best place for House Music lovers, Richmond Town. Expensive and fashionable.
  • Firangi Paani, Forum Mall, Koramangala.
  • Geoffrey’s, Airport Road (Royal Orchid). Really nice place.
  • Hint, 5th Floor Bangalore Central, M.G Road. Tuesdays is ladies night (couples permitted).
  • iBar, Park Hotel, M.G Road
  • Spinn, just next to Brigade road circle. Closes early at 11:30PM. You have to pay a cover charge of Rs 500 to enter. Saturdays is a party goers energy paradise with full-on house and some hip hop towards the end.
  • Taika, Church Street (off Brigade Road) – Usually open past midnight and has a huge dance floor. 3 bars and a lounge area. Entrance varies each night.
  • Tuscan Verve (off Brigade Road).
  • Vaayu, Cool bar on the 5th floor of Eve Mall on Brigade road. It has comfortable lounge seating, and is open air, giving some nice views over the city.

Place to Stay:

Due to demand vastly outstripping supply, good hotels in Bangalore are insanely expensive — with average rates pushing US$200/night. Fortunately prices at the lower end of the spectrum are rather more reasonable.

  • Silicon Suites, 174, Nagvarapalya, Rahat Bagh, Behind Big Bazaar, off Old Madras road, near Indiranagar Tel: +91 80 4019 8888 [87]
  • VSL Grand Serviced Apartments, Offers Luxurious Single and Two Bedroom Apartments, close to Palace Grounds and easily accessible to the road leading to the New International Airport, “12, Bore Bank Road, Benson Town, Tel: +91 80 4128 9401 to 08 [88]
  • Ajantha, 22 MG Road. Good simple hotel with veggie restaurant. Tel:+91 80 2558-4321.
  • Royal Regency Lodge, S. C. Road (Next to Movieland theater),Clean rooms and convenient to the city’s local transports like the City bus station and the City Railway Station. Tel:+91 80 41130202 [89]
  • Shree Vaishnav Gujarati Samaj (good, very cheap staying for gujaratis) – just behind “Majestic Area” Nr Sapna cinema, Kempe Gowda circle – a secure and decent place to stay if you are there for a day or two. Costs only Rs 50. A nice canteen just inside the place with Gujarati food available. In the vicinity there is another good place available for fast food / lunch named “SLV”. Good value for money.
  • UG Deluxe (Majestic) Thulsi Thotta, need to get down by the small road opposite to Upparpet Police station and next to Navruchi restaurant, then take right and then immediate left on a small lane and at the end of it take right and you will see the lodge on your right. You may want to take an auto instead of walking down if you are going after a rainy day as your shoes will catch up dirt. Non-A/C rooms cost around Rs. 550 (approx. $13), A/C rooms may cost a Rs. 200 ($5) more than that.
  • YMCA, Nrupathunga Road (near Cubbon Park), no-frills hotel. Tel:+91 80 2221-1848
  • Others around Majestic, If you are free for an hour, you can just go around the Majastic theatre and the Kempe Gowda Bus Station and look for a budget hotel yourself, as there are many on small streets and roads around this place. Or, you can even trust (to some extent) a broker who voluntarily offers help, but be sure you take a good look at the rooms before you pay any money to the lodge and the broker. But there is a wrong notion in the minds of people in and around Majestic that Whenever you go in pairs, they tend to look at you with a wrong and suspicious look. If coming with family, especially newly married, avoid the Majestic area.
  • D-Habitat Hotel Apartments, in Koramangala Bangalore offers Deluxe Rooms, Suites, Studio, 2 and 3 Bedroom Apartments with the unique comforts of Home; The ambiance of a Corporate Guest House and the exclusive facilities of a fine serviced apartment ideal for short-term and extended stay. Tel:+91 080 41501950 [90]
  • Maple Suites (Serviced Apartments), #142 & 143, Dollar Layout. 4th Main, BTM II Stage. Bangalore (Off Bannerghatta Road oppo to Mantri Elite.), ☎ +91 80 42822428, [91]. checkin: 12noon; checkout: 12noon. Located in the heart of Bangalore’s Southern IT Hub off Bannerghatta Road – Maple Suites has been exclusively designed or Long & Short Term stay needs of the urban traveler. Maple Suites has unparalleled facilities, comfort and attention to detail in the serviced apartment space. w:www.maplesuites.in Studio Apartment Tariff Starts at Rs1999.  edit\
  • Basil Hotel, #8, Sampige road, Malleshwaram (Next to Sampige Theatre / close to central railway station and bus stand), ☎ +91 80 40402323, [92]. checkin: 24 hours; checkout: 24 hours. High quality hotel with good service Starting from Rs.2900.
  • Hotel Bangalore Gate, # 9 & 12, Gajanana Towers, K G Road, Bangalore-09 (Hotel is just 500 mts away from Majestic & Bangalore City Railway station), ☎ 080-41100777, [93]. checkin: 12 noon; checkout: 12 noon. Discover a home away from home at Hotel Bangalore Gate – “A Value for money Business/Boutique Hotel” completing a decade in the hospitality industry, during which customer care & satisfaction has consistently been our hallmark! The Contemporary, Classy & Subtle feel and décor of the hotel coupled with its convenient and central location makes Hotel Bangalore Gate the perfect choice for comfort loving leisure traveler and also the corporate traveler for whom time is synonymous with money! INR1600- 3600.
  • Citizen Lodge. Recommended by both Lonely Planet and the Rough Guide, this bare bones motel-style establishment is well located (about 1km from MG Road) but leaves much to be desired in terms of cleanliness and overall quality. A double non-AC room costs around Rs. 800.  edit

Mid-range

  • Hotel Woodlands: No 5,Rajaram Mohan Roy Road,Near Richman Circle, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road, tel: +91 80 22225111. Great mid-range hotel (very clean, great views of the city, delicious free South Indian breakfast buffet) for Rs. 3400 per night for an A/C double (two single beds pushed together). Nice location for exploring the city: walkable (long walk) to M.G. Road (shopping), Garuda Mall (shopping), and Commercial Street (and more shopping).
  • Fantasy Golf Resort, Opp ITC (Next to Bangalore International Airport),Ideal for hotel stay next to Bangalore Airport or for Transit Passengers.Just 10 mins away. Tel: +91 99 72092701 [94]
  • Hotel Vrindavan – Located just off M.G. Road.very near to M. G. Road/Brigade Road junction (Also called cauvery handicraft junction). Nice hotel for lodging & great south Indian food.
  • Church Street Inn – Located near- the Hard Rock Cafe, MG Road, Brigade Road and Residency Road. Church Street Inn, 46,1-1 Church Street (Opposite Night Watchman Pub, Tel: +91 80 30577190 [95] Complimentary wi-fi access and an in house library from Dr.Seuss, Dahl to Dostoyevsky! Friendly and intelligent staff.
  • Hotel St. Marks – St. Marks Road (Near Residency Road).
  • Best Western The Capitol – Raj Bhavan Road. Tel: +91 80 22281234, 22281800.
  • 9 Marks Inn – 9, St Marks Road. Tel: +91 80 22112889,[96]
  • The Bouvice – 141C,S.T.Bed Layout, 1st Main Kormangala , Sector 4. Tel: +91 80 41524429, 9342856034. [97]– A beautiful apartment hotel in Kormangala. email: info@bouvice.com.
  • Samrat Luxury Hospitality – ISKON Temple Foot hills, 149/A, R Block, West of Chord Road, Rajajinagar. Ph: +91 80 22792893, Email:contact@samrathospitality.com For More details visit [98]
  • Chalet Hospitality – for luxury serviced / furnished apartments Bangalore, Ph: +91-9901976955, Email:info@chalethospitality.com For More details visit [99]
  • Stopovers Serviced Apartments (Stopovers), Diamond District, Old Airport Road, Bangalore (Close to old airport road), ☎ 9845139800, [100]. Check in: 24hrs; checkout: 24hrs. Custom designed contemporary apartments Rs 4,500.
  • Mitaroy Cricket Hotel, Richmond Town (located near MG Road), ☎ 080 23617708 (ask@mitaroy.com), [101]. Asia’s only Cricket Hotel, this unique boutique hotel has a phenomenal collection of cricket memorabilia including Sachin Tendulkar’s autographed portrait with Sir Don Bradman and Sir Gary Sobers Bat. Rs 3500.
  • Hotel Tap Silver Square, Brigade Rd, Rs 899-1,499.

Splurge

  • Grand Ashok Hotel, Kumara Krupa High Grounds. Tel:+91 80 22-2404-2211 (9 lines). Email: grandashok@nivalink.com [102]
  • Taj Residency Hotel], 41/3 MG Road. Tel:+91 80 5660-4444. Email: residency.bangalore@tajhotels.com [103]. Besides the Leela, this is considered the Best Business Hotel in India.
  • Chancery Pavilion, Residency Road. Nice business hotel, good service and food. About $200 US
  • Park Hotel, 14/7 MG Road. Tel:+91 80 2559-4666. Email: resv.blr@theparkhotels.com [104]
  • ITC Windsor Sheraton Hotel, Sankey Road, [105]
  • Oberoi Hotel, 37-39 MG Road. Tel:+91 80 2558-5858. [106]
  • Taj West End Hotel, Race Course Road. Tel:+91 80 5660-5660. Email: westend.bangalore@tajhotels.com [107]
  • Leela Palace Kempinski, Tel:+91 80 2521-1234. Email: bangaloresales@theleela.com . [108]. The Leela has been voted ‘The Best Business Hotel in the World’ by Conde Naste Traveller, for this year.
  • Le Meridien, Tel:+91 80 22262233. Email: leme.bangalore@lemeridien.com [109]
  • Hotel Royal Orchid, Tel:+91 80 2520 5566. Adjoining KGA Golf Course, Airport Road. [110] Sometimes referred to as the “Royal Orchid Park Plaza”. Not to be confused with Royal Orchid Central.
  • The Paul139/28, Domlur Layout, Off Intermediate Ring Road, Tel: +91 80 40477777
  • The Oterra Hotel, 43 Electronics City, Hosur Road, Tel: +91 80 30030303. [111]

Caution:

Bangalore is a relatively safe city during day time. But it is equally unsafe once it gets dark. It is not advisable to walk along deserted alleyways or lanes after dark. Rising incomes has brought an influx of people including white collar immigrants and hard-labour immigrants from outside the city, leading to extreme disparities in earnings between locals, the casual labour immigrants and expatriates (people from other parts of the state and also from other countries) which arguably has resulted in a substantial increase in crime rates. Most of the victims are from IT industry who are waylaid on their way back home, and robbed of their belongings.

Avoid using an auto rickshaw if the driver is not alone.

Area code for Bangalore is 080. When calling from overseas, dial +91 80 XXXX XXXX. If you don’t have an Indian phone number, it is strongly recommended that you get a pre-paid calling card if you plan on using your phone frequently. Because of new government regulations, you need a photocopy of your passport (visa and the ID pages), a color photo, and proof of local address (in Bangalore) when buying a pre-paid card. If you do not have the appropriate paperwork, it is recommended that you ask a local friend to buy a pre-paid card on your behalf. Pre-paid cards are sold in a few of the shops that sell mobile equipment.

Internet

There are plenty of Internet Centers which charge around Rs.10 per hour. If you have laptop with Wi-Fi connection, free internet services are also available at some places like “The Forum” mall.

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