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Bangalore is one of Asia’s Fastest growing city located to the South of the
Deccan Plateau. We are blessed with one of the most pleasant climatic conditions
throughout the year since we are located over 1000Mts over sea level. History
has it that this city derives its name from ‘Benda kazhina Ooru”, or a city of
Baked Beans from the Chola King Veera Ballala who built this city in memory of
an old lady who served him with baked beans after a tiresome hunting trip. One
of the Chieftains of the Vijayanagar Empire in 1537 AD then anglicized the name
Industrially, Growth has been achieved without compromising on the Environment,
and much of Bangalore’s Prowess is attributed to its scientific temper that one
can visualize all over the City. Nature has bestowed this region with a
beautiful array of Flowering trees and Orchids which line the innumerable parks
and streets in colours of red, yellow, green and orange.
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Excellent International and Domestic Air Connectivity
priced Services keeping in mind the economic conditions of Patients seeking
medical tourism from "source"countries
High Awareness and Good reputation about India and Bangalore as a "destination"
for High Quality Medical and surgical Services in the International Medical
Availability of Intermediaries, Trained Guides, Health care executives in both
source and destination countries to take care of liasoning, logistics, Language
interpreters and post treatment care to enable seamless delivery of 360degree
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Availability of Reasonably priced hotels,
tourism infrastructure, international cuisine and exotic food, culture and
heritage to achieve a once in a lifetime experience.
Although English is the Lingua franca of the entire city, a lot of other Indian
languages and foreign languages such as Spanish, French, Urdu, Arabic are also
spoken as the Population consists of a large number of Expatriates from Europe,
South Asia, and America.
A city of poets, Many honeymooners come here to enjoy the most memorable moments
of their lives while many couples just come here to relax and take a refreshing
break year after year.
The bazaars and shopping malls offer a fine selection of silks, sandalwood,
handicrafts, souvenirs & incense sticks.
It is our earnest desire that when our overseas patients visit us for eye
treatment, they must also get exposed to some of Mother Nature’s beautiful
creations that surround Bangalore. We take it upon ourself to provide you with
that once in a lifetime wholesome experience for you and your entire family
which you will cherish for a Long time.
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both literally and figuratively at a cost that is just a small fraction of what
you will incur just for the surgery alone in your home country.
The Comparative Costs between India and other developed
countries like US, UK, and Singapore -
Figures In US Dollars.
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Breast Lump Removal
Knee Joint Replacement
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2. Stay for 3 days and 3
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6. Interpreters available for
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Want To Know More about Bangalore, Then Read on-some excerpts from
Bangalore is made up of two districts, Bangalore Urban
Bangalore Rural. This article covers Bangalore Urban.
The earliest records of a place named 'Bengalooru' 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
most green, 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 "Bengalooru" - an adaptation of the earlier name in Kannada:
Benda Kaal Ooru (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.
- Pensioners' Paradise:
Pensioners' Paradise reminds Bangaloreans of the time when it was a sleepy old
city with very little to zero pollution, no competition for its resources, low
crime rate, wide roads lined with shady trees and pleasant weather all ideal
for a quiet retirement.
- Pub City:
With its many pubs and bars, and also with the city being the headquarters of
United Breweries, makers of the popular Kingfisher Beer, Bangalore is a
- Garden City:
Garden City was once the nickname Bangalore proudly claimed before rising
population and pollution reduced the amount of green space.
- Silicon Valley of India:
Bangalore is often said to be the center of the Indian I.T. outsourcing
movement, and has offices of many foreign tech companies (e.g.
Google India) as well as a number of native Indian tech startups. The
neighboring cities of
Hyderabad also vie for this title.
Area: 365.6 sq.km.
Altitude: 914.4 m (3000 ft) above sea level
- Latitudinal Parallels: 12° 57' N
- Longitudinal Meridians: 77° 37' E
Unlike other parts of India which are extremely hot in the summer months,
Bangalore enjoys a relatively mild climate year round.
- February to May (warmest months)
- June to August (Windy - South-West
- September to November (rainy -
- December to February (coldest months)
- Highest maximum of 38 degree Celsius to
lowest minimum of 14 degree Celsius
- Regional Language: Kannada
- Spoken Languages:
Kannada,Tamil,Telugu,English and Hindi
- Around 70 lakhs [7 Million]
Bangalore Airport (BLR)
is a International airport that caters to travellers from Southern Karnataka, Neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Southern Andhra Pradesh . Bangalore also has two
other airports that mainly cater to Military needs at Jakkur and for
Aeronautical Development at Marathahalli.
Bangalore has direct flights to many major European and Asian
destinations. Notable international flights are from
Singapore Airlines and
JetStar Asia, from
Kuala Lumpur (KL) on
Malaysian Airlines, from
British Airways, from
Air France and from
Thai Airways and on
Nok Air discount airline.
Due to aircraft timing and airport capacity constraints
at the old airport , many
international flights used to arrive and depart in the dead of night. For example,
British Airways, Lufthansa, JetStar Asia, Emirates and Air France all had to schedule
their flights to arrive and depart between 1am and 4am. Since the airport was
functional 24hrs a day, You won't
have any more trouble changing money or finding a taxi at 4am than you would at
4pm. The operations in this airport have been temporarily suspended and the buzz
is that it may be reopened sooner than later to cater to domestic and short haul
flights as it is located right in the heart of the city and is very convenient
to most travellers.
new international airport has been constructed at Devanahalli, 35
km (22 mi)
north of downtown Bangalore. The airport's first flight took off in
June 2008. It is supposed to cater to 11 million passengers in
Phase 1. Its final capacity is estimated to be 40 million passengers.
Presently it handles both short haul, Long haul, domestic and international
flights to and from Bangalore.
Indian Airlines, now renamed as Indian, connects Bangalore with all parts of
Jet Airways, SpiceJet, GoAir, and IndiGo are other major domestic airlines that fly into Bangalore
from other major cities.
Paramount Airways is a startup business-class only airline, with service to
Chennai and other South Indian Cities.
Air Deccan was a popular no frills airlines that
operated to most cities and large towns. Now it has been acquired by Kingfisher
Airlines in a merger that has seen synergy in both scale as well as operations.
Kingfisher Airlines is a Bangalore based discount airline company, offering
regular flights between Bangalore,
With a little bit of investigation, you might get a better fare on Kingfisher
than from even the no Frills airlines.
Once off the plane, you'll need to
go through immigration (if you are on an international flight) and then collect
your bags. You'll then pass through customs and into the small arrival hall. If
you need to get money, there are a few ATMs on the left just before you go outside the terminal. There are also a
few money change booths that will accept all manner of foreign currency.
The best way to get into town is to
take a Easy Cab taxi. There are other choices, a government run Bus service with
very low prices and Good Quality AirConditioned VolVo Buses or a private Taxi
operator with whom you can bargain if you are good at it. The best way is
to take a Easy Cab taxi who charges approximately Rs 15 per Km and provides
Comfortable transit from the Airport to your hotel.
Another option is to arrange with your hotel in Bangalore 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, and if
necessary negotiate, your ride into Bangalore. Once you leave the walkway, some
drivers may become fairly aggressive, and might try to take your bag without
your permission. The best thing do to 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.
The Bangalore City railway station is situated in the
centre of the city, around the Majestic Bus stand. All trains, both local and
long-distance, arrive and depart from here. A new terminal at the Yeswantpur
railway station (not very far away from the main railway station) is growing
and there are a few outbound trains that regularly arrive and depart from it.
Bangalore also has a railway station in the Cantonment Area,
called the Cantonment Railway Station - this is centrally located and in a
better part of town. Not all trains stop here, though. However, there is a
proposal to develop this into a new hub, in order to ease congestion out of the
ever bustling Bangalore station.
Bookings can be done at either the railway station or at a
few of Indian Railways booking counters at major residential areas. Booking can
also be done online from the Indian Railways site (www.irctc.co.in).
Trains do fill up, but most trains have a special reserved quota for foreigners,
which can work to your advantage. You have to book at a special desk in the
train station, and show both a foreign passport and some proof (such as an ATM
reciept) that your money came from a foreign account. For a good reference on
the various classes of Indian rail travel, and how to book tickets, see the
India Page on Seat61.com. Note that if you are booking at Bangalore Central
and are traveling to Mysore, there is a different line for travelers to Mysore
and travelers to all other destinations. This is to cater for the large amount
of travelers between Bangalore and Mysore. If traveling 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 can sometimes be several hours late. A video departure board in
the station will tell you what platform your train is on and what time it
Train travel is usually fairly cheap. For example, a ticket
to Chennai, about 360 km (5 hrs) away, costs anywhere from Rs 125 for the lowest
class to Rs 1105 for the highest class.
If you have difficulty in arranging a plane or railway ticket
to your next destination, or you prefer a little more adventure, you can go 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. Some bus operators like
Raj National Express/KPN
Needz offer online bookings.
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, 'Kempegowda 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 Kempegowda 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. Only the bus number is in English. If you don't speak
Kannada, you will likely need to get some help to get on the right bus.
Driving in India can be very stressful. Use of the horn is
mandatory in all situations. Lane splitting is the rule, not the exception. And
games of chicken, combined with razor thin passing margins are common. 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
South India, including Bangalore, can get very hot and humid, 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
Buses in Bangalore are cheap
and usually frequent, but traveling on them can be very difficult if you don't
know the system well. Local city buses display only the route number in English,
with the destination and route information is 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 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
terminal (Majestic Bus Stand).
City buses will be crowded during rush hours but one can
travel with little difficulty during day time. Bus service is less frequent
after 9:30 - 10:00 pm and becomes rare after 10:30 pm.
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 25 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, mostly till 1 pm in the afternoon.
Using this pass you can travel in any bus (other than A/C Volvo) for the entire
day, any number of times. It is a very economical option for travel in
There are Four major bus stands:
- Majestic Bus Stand
also known as the Kempegowda bus stand near Gandhi Nagar is close to the
railway station and 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.
- 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 very disorganized. It is a large dirt parking lot under
an overhead highway, and there isn't much order to where buses park.
is in the north. This is also neatly organized and there is an enquiry window
to find about buses.
- There is a new Bus stand that
has been constructed on Mysore Road that caters to both local bus services as
well as intercity services.
From all of these Four bus stands, buses are available for
all major regions of city.
Other important bus stands are
Important junction of major routes near Lalbag
- BTM, South
Far North West
Buses with black display boards run within the city. Red
board buses covers long distance and go to adjoining suburbs. There is a
‘Pushpak’ service with better seating; these buses are tan rather than the usual
blue. Recently A/C Volvo buses have also been introduced for selected routes.
Auto-rickshaws are everywhere at any time of day. They are
Black/Green/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
Autos add a 50% surcharge after 10 pm (called "one and
half"). 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.
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 June 2007, is Rs 12 for the first
2km and Rs 6 for every additional km. A trip from the HAL Airport to Brigade road
costs about 50rs including (a good) tip.
Finally, although Bangaloreans are known for their polite and
mild manners, some auto drivers are an exception. Therefore be careful in
dealing with them.
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. The rates are Rs. 35 for 4 km
(2.5 mi)(minimum) and Rs 9 for every extra kilometer.
Unlike many other countries, taxis are not marked with
'TAXI' signs on the top. In fact, you must call for a taxi, as it is
nearly impossible to hail one unless you are at a major point like the airport.
When you call, you should negotiate a fare (or agree on using the meter) and get
the taxi's 'number'. The taxi will come pick you up, and call you when they are
close. When you go out on the street, look at the license plate for the number
they gave you -- it will be the last four digits of the license plate. This is
usually in the format "KA" followed by 01 to 05 or 50+, followed by "M" and then
another alphabet, followed by a four digit number. Taxis generally have yellow
license plates with black letters.
Although it can be hard for non-Indians to grasp at first,
the system is actually very 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. 10 or Rs. 15
for the assistance.
- Bengalooru Cabs,
+91 80 2551-7777, +91 80 2530-9999,
+91 80 2346-6666
- City Safari
+91 80 2553-9999
- Garden City Taxis,
+91 80 2343-7646, +91 80 2343-4274,
- Gopinath Radio Taxi Services,
+91 80 2360-5555, +91 80 2332-0152,
- KK City Taxi,
+91 80 5151 9999, +91 80 2525-6333
- RK City Taxi,
+91 80 2312 9999, +91 80 2332-7589,
- Roman Taxis,
+91 80 2548 6606, +91 80 2548-6616
- Spot Taxis,
+91 80 4110-0000
By private car
Most taxi and auto-rickshaw drivers will be more than happy
to offer you either a daily rate or an hourly rate, and take you around wherever
you need to go. Alternately, your hotel or a travel company can arrange a
If you find a good taxi or auto driver, this can be a great
way to go for a foreigner. You'll certainly pay a lot more than if you bought
individual rides, but you'll always have a driver waiting for you, and he can
help with recommending local tourist sites, finding a good restaurant to eat at,
and otherwise coping with day-to-day life. This can take a lot of the stress out
Rates are generally something like Rs. 50 to 100 per hour for
an auto-rickshaw, and Rs 150 to 250 per hour for a taxi. Rates for a private car
booked via the hotel will probably be more. Like everything else in India, rates
are very fluid.
Although Bangalore is not known as a tourist city, there is
still a lot to see. If you only have a limited amount of time in the city, you
should consider taking one of
the half-day or full-day city tours offered by KSTDC, the government tourist
office. They are cheap and cover the city's major attractions with English
KSTDC also offers longer full-day and multi-day trips to
places outside of Bangalore. These include pre-arranged transit, hotel, meals,
Typically, the tours (including 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.
- 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 Jawaharalal 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
- Is it possible to gild a lily? Well you judge for yourself. 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
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.
- Tipu Sultan's Palace,
which dates from about 1790, is the summer retreat for Tipu sultan. The two
story structure is made mostly out of wood with finely embellished balconies,
pillars and arches.
Lord Shiva Temple behind Kemp Fort, Airport
- The Bull Temple 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.
- The Iskcon Temple, built on a
hillock atop scenic surroundings, the Hare Krishna temple is a perfect
blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony. The huge cultural complex
was built to promote vedic culture and spiritual learning. The annual Krishna
and Balarama Rath Yatra is attended by thousands.
- Gavi Gangadeshwara Cave Temple,
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 suns rays fall on the Shivlinga.
- 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
- Dodda Ganapathi
- one of the oldest temples in Bangalore.
- 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 in the heart of a metropolis of over
6.0 million people and one of the world's most dynamic and fastest growing
cities. There is also a toy train offering children's rides.
Lal Bagh glass house
- Lumbini Gardens.
A new attraction in Bangalore. It is located near hebbal flyover and is on the
lake front of Nagarvala lake. It has been recently developed with a grant of
Rs 10 crore. Major attractions of the park include boat rides, wave pool and
- Wonder La Amusement park.
A new attraction in Bangalore. It is India's biggest amusement and water part
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, which en dazzles
in good quality. It is located in the outskirts of the city off Mysore Road.
- The Lal Bagh. A meticulously
cared for garden located on the southern fringes 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.
- Experience the Bangalore pub scene,
mostly around MG Road, Brigade Road, and Church Street.
- Go shopping at Banglore's famous
malls and traditional markets, though leave your car as it's almost impossible
to find a parking spot over weekends. Some of the more popular malls in
Bangalore are 'The Forum,' 'Garuda Mall' and 'Bangalore Central' and 'UB City'
- Try your hand at go-karting.
- Attend a wonderful outdoor concert
at Palace Grounds.
- Enjoy the unique shopping experience
on Sampige Road at Malleswaram in the traditional south Indian styled shops.
- Visit the beautiful lakes in
Bangalore."ulsoor lake" and "sankey tank" offer an enriching, pleasant
There is a theater hall located in J. P. Nagar, called
Rangashankara. 36/2/, 8th Cross, J.P. Nagar, 2nd Phase. Tel: 26592777 or
26494656. Tickets range between Rs. 45 – 100. Usually the evening shows start at
7:30 pm. The theater hall management is very strict about starting time. They
will not let you in even one minute after the show has started, so make sure you
plan to arrive at least 4-5 minutes earlier. You will not be allowed to bring in
any drinks or refreshments. Many local groups perform there, although more often
shows are presented by travelling groups touring around India. Quality of the
performances varies, but most plays are worth seeing, especially the ones by
Indian playwrights and / or directors, as they can show you an "Indian" (or
let's say "non-western") perspective. You can visit
Rangashankara's website 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.
Take in a movie at one of the innumerable theaters around the
city, splurge at the
PVR Gold Class Cinema in Forum Mall or
Inox theatre in Garuda Mall, BiG Cinemas
Multiplex at Gopalan Arch Mall.
Nani Cinematheque has film series almost every weekend programmed by local
film clubs, like
Collective Chaos and the
Bangalore Film Society. A club membership (around Rs 500/year) is typically
required for entrance. The
Alliance Francaise and
Goethe Institute also host frequent foreign film series and cultural events.
The professionals of India's "silicon city" work and play
hard, and massages and spa treatments are easily available in Bangalore.
Visitors might need a little respite from the roaring traffic and fast-paced
lifestyle too. Spas are very much a part of Bangalore's East-meets-West culture,
and new ones spring up across the city all the time. Among the best is
SPA.ce on Cunningham Road, run by an ex-pat Brit. It's best to book in
advance for this spa but the colonial-style decor alone is worth the trip. If
you want a typical ayurvedic spa with massage and jacuzzi treatments Kerala
Style, go to the Spa Senses at The Club, located on Mysore Road. Located away
from the buzz of the city, it will also give you an opportunity to go to Gopalan
Arch Mall nearby for some shopping, Big Cinemas Multiplex if you are a movie
buff, or if you want to just get lost in a jungle type location, go to the
Bangalore University Campus located at a stones throw away from The Club. If You
are a sports buff, Visit the nearby Sports Authority of India Sprawling Campus
complete with a 9 Hole Golf Course where you can catch the Most Happening
Earthlings of Bangalore Playing Serious Golf.
- The Maha Bodhi Society, 14
Kalidasa Road, Gandhinagar, +91 80 2250684, (firstname.lastname@example.org),
, has a very active temple in Bangalore. 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 m ation 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.
- There are many IT training companies in
the city that cater to the needs of the Knowledge hungry. Check what they have
to offer and the kind of hands-on training they provide. Avoid companies that
put out flyers, as they usually do not provide quality training.
Science and Stuff
Bangalore is famous for its innumerable educational and
research institutes. The India Institute of Science, 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 veternary 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
Other places include the Indian Institute of Astrophysics,
DRDO Defence Research and Devlopment Org.), ISRO Satellite Centre, Raman
Research Institute, Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Centre for
Airborne Systems Studies and Analysis, Microwave Tube Research and Development
Centre, Gas Turbine Research Establishment, Central Power Research Institute,
National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), CSIR Centre for Mathematical
Modelling 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.
With a little hard work and persistance finding a job is
quite possible in Bangalore. Most of the available positions are in the IT field
but not necessarily IT based. Several Expats do marketing, quality assurance,
accent training and translation among other things. All jobs in India require
either a business or employment visa which must be obtained abroad and
sponsorded by the hiring company. In general, the salary is very high compared
to the local Indian wage. Internships in general, pay around Rs.10000-Rs.15000
per month while full-time jobs average between Rs.30000-Rs.50000 per month plus
flights and housing. The best resource for jobs is through the expat community.
Ask around but a good place to meet people are at the Sunday brunches at the 5
Star hotels or the numerous coffee shops in the MG Road area.
- 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
Kolkata, Bangalore and
- 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.
- The Strand book stall,
1st Floor, Manipal Centre, Dickenson Road, +91 80 2558-0000,
. Best known for the latest releases in art, design, architecture and
all at good prices.
72 M G Road, +91 80 2558-6743, +91 80 2558-7277. Four floors
crammed with books makes this book store one of the largest (as well the most
organized) book store in India.
ACR Towers, Opp. Gateway Hotel, Residency Road, 91-80-25582411 - 16 A
hot spot for books of various genres combined with seating areas, spacious
racks- music and movie section, children's section and a coffee sho- this
proves to be a wonderful hangout to read, browse and shop.
68 M G Road, +91 80 2558-7359, +91 80 2558-6574 - a good
selection of maps, postcards, guides and novels
- Premier Book Shop,
46/1 Church Street (off M G Road), +91 80 2558-8570. Is a venerable
Bangalore institution that has books on every conceivable subject literally
stacked from floor to ceiling. Although the store may appear to be utterly
chaotic, the owner knows where every piece of his stock lies - just be careful
with those elbows, a slight nudge and the whole place will come tumbling down!
In Forum Mall on Luskar Hosur Road, Koramangala, +91 80 2206-7777 / 78
/ 80 - a modern bookshop. A good place to pick up the most recent
publications. Various household appliances; CDs and DVDs of music albums,
computer and video games (the quality varying from time-to-time) and movies
can also be found on the next floor.
near Coconut Grove Restaurant, Church Street (parallel to MG Road),+91 80-2559733,+91
80-25320400 - For those rare- hard to get old books, there are 3 full
floors of them- all second hand- good condition and at low rates. You
definitely won't leave disappointed.
- Select Bookshop,
off Brigade Road Behind Curzon Court Hotel, Brigade Road - Used to be the only
old bookstore. Mr Murthy, who runs the bookstore, is one of the most
knowledgeable people. His grandfather started the bookstore. He also has a
collection of lithographs, stained glass paintings and collectors copies of
- Oxford Book Store,
At the Leela Galleria (next to Hotel Leela Palace) - Has some of the latest
collection of books and magazines but, doesn't offer any discounts. It has a
Cha Bar attached offering 69 blends of tea.
- Tata Book House,
At the Indian Institute of Science, Malleswaram - Has a large collection of
technical books, on which it offers a flat 20 percent discount. Lots of books
in a small place. Also worth visiting just because it is in IISc.
- Bangalore Book shop,on
17th cross,Margosa Road Malleswaram has a wide range of books on Technical and
other books spread over 5000 sq fts.This is one of the best places to buy
books in Malleswaram. This is owned by the same people who run Tata Book
This is a great bookstore to explore the feminist literature and activism that
is being produced in India, as well as other texts on the research and work of
Indian NGOs. The atmosphere is relaxing and inviting. The bookstore is located
at 33/1-9, Thyagaraja Layout in Jaibharath Nagar, telephone: 91 80 25492783.
- Sapna Book House,
 This is a large bookstore on 3rd Main road, near Kamat Yatri Nivas,
Gandhi Nagar (Walking distance from Majestic Bus stand). They also have
branches in three other locations Sadashivnagar, Jayanagar, and Indiranagar.
Sapna Book House also provides online book delivery through
- The Bookworm,
This is a small used book store in one of the by-lanes perpendicular to
Brigade Road (near McDonalds). Good bargains on used and new books are
- Elloor Library,
A circulating library that has a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books,
including new titles. Located at Blue Cross Chambers on Infantry Road, close
to Commercial Street. Requires membership which includes a deposit.
Bangalore provides wide range of options for shoppers. One
can buy many things ranging from silk saree and latest clothings to hi-fi
electronic goods and latest vehicles. Being IT city, Bangalore provides all kind
of services but one might find things to be costlier.
Many visitors come to Bangalore searching only for sandalwood
carvings and silk sarees and so miss out on the true Bangalore shopping
experience. Here is a low down on shopping - Bangalore style:
The M.G Road/Brigade Road area is the most popular
place for tourists, and these two roads are filled with shops of every kind,
whether it be traditional handicrafts or the latest western wear (this is
especially true for Brigade Road).
Bannerghatta Road a tiresome
approach it used to be (sounds yodaish)...but now it's much better..and you have
'Grasshopper' a space that exhibits clothing design from the most experimental
designers in India and also showcases other ideas - lighting design, products,
theatre, music - an open space for expression! and if that's too boring, you can
keep driving and you have a thousand ways that you can take to enjoy the
wildlife and the myriad resevoirs strewn across the area - you can still find
your very own private haven. Enjoy
Brigade Road was used to be
where once British soldiers bought their necessities. How things have changed!
Today Brigade road is the centre of yuppie Bangalore, you'll see hordes of
college students on the road anytime of day or night. Some of the stores on
Brigade Road include: Planet M (a huge music store with everything), Louis
Phillipe, Pepe Jeans, Levis,Lee, SanFrisco Jeans, Nike, Titan (great Indian made
watches) just to name a few... There are also many eateries on either side of
the roads and on the side roads that lead of Brigade road, so that you can
refuel yourself for shopping! There are your fast food outlets: KFC (right at
the entrance), Pizza Hut at the other end of the road and many cafes including
the Indian Coffee Chain Cafe Coffee Day.Also includes a Tattoo parlor.
Commercial Street a legacy of
the British is another shopping mecca that sells international brands (similar
to Brigade road) along side locally produced items. Commercial Street has more
of a bazaar feel than Brigade Road. In addition, it is famous for its tattoo and
body piercing centers. The price of goods here is very competitive and it is a
great place to pick a bargain.
Malls in India are a recent
phenomenon, the first opened back in 1999, since then there has been a boom with
malls around every corner in large cities (now also in smaller cities).
Bangalore is no exception! Here is list of the major Malls in Bangalore, but
beware that there are at least a dozen in the planning and construction stages!
Forum Mall The Forum on Hosur
road is in the upmarket suburb of Koramangla, fast becoming a key shopping hub
in Bangalore. Again like other shopping areas, you can find anything at the
Forum, high international brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Swarovski Crystals to
traditional Indian Khadi clothing at the Khadder. Other brands with outlets
include: United Colours of Bennetton (much cheaper here than in the west), Pepe
Jeans U.K, William Penn, Wrangler Jeans, Weekender and of course Nike. The Forum
incorporates the clothing from international brands as well as haute couture
boutiques including: Mustard, Isis, B and the Chai shop. For books head straight
to Landmark and huge store has everything from books to perfumes and music. On
the top floor of the mall you will find a PVR multiplex comprising 11 cinemas.
For eating there is everything, Fast food (KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Subway)
Cafe Coffee Day and a food court with world cuisines including: Chinese,
Vietnamese, Mexican and Italian and Indian. Not to be missed is the Indian
cusine at Sahib Sindh Sultan and the British style pub, Firangi Pani. So that is
a forum for all your shopping needs under one roof! Its just a must see,
especially the outside.
Garuda Mall Located on the
corner of McGrath and Commissariat Roads, is the newest mall in Bangalore. This
Mall is definitely catered to the upper class of Indian society. Many of the
same brands as Forum are available as well as some that are not. One of the
major draw points of this mall is that it houses the Indian department chain
store: Shoppers Stop, which once stood across the road as a separate building
but is now part of this new mall. The Mall also houses a INOX cinema multiplex
on the top floor.
Bangalore Central Opened around
the same as the Forum, Bangalore Central is more of a large department store
than a mall with separate retailers. It still is must visit for shoppers in
Bangalore. It is located in city centre on the corner of M.G and Residency Roads
(Opposite Mayo Hall), so unlike the Forum it is walkable distance to the main
M.G/Brigade Roads shopping area. It has a huge range of everything (like
department stores in the west), clothing (Indian and Western brands),
electronics, perfumes, accessories as well as a supermarket on the top floor and
food court plus a Cafe Coffee Day. They have a altering service with in the
store and can be done in two hours depending on the rush.
Safina Plaza Is sale central in
Bangalore, located on Infantry Road. Every week there is sale going on of any
type. One week it might be home furnishings and the next men's wear. Good place
to find some bargains. Many exhibitions are also held here, although there are
retailers (Dockers, Lee Jeans, Titan too name a few) here too. So for quiet
shopping come here (much less crowded than the other malls). Its best to visit
during end of season sales (summer, monsoon) or during festivals (New Year,
Christmas, Ganesh Chaturthi).
Sampige Road, Malleswaram Tired
of going to mall, and indulging in window shopping.Try Sampige (a flower name)
Road. Sampige Road is the heart of Malleswaram and connects Sheshadripuram to
IISc.Sampige Road is around 2 km, has a wide range of shops that sells books,
electronic items, silk sarees, handicrafts, cloth materials, Hindu pooja
materials, sweets and all the trivial things you can buy on earth. Also try
Malleswaram 8th cross on Sampige road(aptly named Brigade Road of Malleswram)
for a vibrant shopping experience.Sampige Road is also home to best flower
market and fruits market in Bangalore. If you are tired of going to individual
shops you can go for the best departmental stores in Bangalore like Fabmall,
Marathahalli Main Road and Factory Outlets
Located a distance from central Bangalore (although not difficult to reach), is
Marathahalli (a village in a previous life). The main road of this suburb is now
a haven for factory outlets for all major brands: Nike, Adidas, Pepe Jeans,
Killer Jeans, Louis Phillipe, Levi's, Reebok etc.. You can expect prices here to
be cheaper than in the Malls, at least 20-30% price difference but can be up to
50% cheaper when it comes to some of the major denim brands! As if India wasn't
cheap enough. Although this is the best place to go to for factory outlet
shopping, there are smaller factory outlets scattered across the city. Also look
out for sales held by the major brands to get rid of end of season stock (again
end of summer or end of monsoon), these are usually advertised in newspapers or
look for signs posted on major roads.
Metro shopping mall Near Yashwanthpura railway station and
There is a new upmarket
shopping mall called ORION mall in Rajajinagar that is fully airconditioned and
has a variety of branded stores for everything from clothes, shoes, jewellery,
mobiles etc. All the malls have movie multiplexes inside them where you can even
catch your favourite movie stars and entertain yourself. Bangalore's Outer
Ring Road is located very near to our Hospital and the ORR is now getting filled
with malls, branded outlets as well as eateries that offer authentic cuisine to
test your taste buds.
Lifestyle Store near Globus/Garuda
This two-storey store is located in the heart of the new mall
shopping district with malls like Garuda Mall, Bangalore Central and Globus, all
within easy walking distance and was one of the most coveted stores until the
malls came along. It's an easy place to go shopping when you don't want too many
options to confuse you or when you're tired and don't want to visit too many
shops - you can get everything under one roof here. Good for clothes, cosmetics,
watches, jewellery, shoes etc. You also get stylish furniture and other home and
living items for a decent price.
UB City - This is a centrally
located Luxury Mall of 5 block towers spread over 1.6million Sqft, at a distance
of 1.6km from MG Road/City centre, capable of accomodating around 1600 cars in
its parking lot. It has all the Global luxury brand stores, the most expensive
restaurants, housing Multinational Corporates, with its own helipad providing
immediate access to the airport. It also has Bangalore's tallest tower - UB
Tower which houses the offices of the UB group of India's Liquor Baron Mr Mallya
who owns an Formula 1 racing team among other businesses.
Music and Movies
"Movies and Music" - Church Street, Off Brigade Road is tiny compared to other
retail music/movie stores, but its a delight for lovers of good music
especially Jazz. Also doubles up as a DVD Rental store with a prized
collection of movie DVDs from around the world. Its worth getting a membership
even if you're going to stick around only for a couple of weeks!
This guide uses the following price ranges for a
typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Under Rs 150
Over Rs 500
Bangalore is far from the sea, hence if you have a sensitive
stomach and are new to the Indian cuisine you should stay away from seafood and
fish in Bangalore.
Bangalore literally has hundreds of fast food joints serving
south Indian vegetarian food. They usually are identified with small round steel
tables and diners standing around them having food. Dosas, idlis, vada's, curd
rice, Vegetable Pulao, rice with sambar, lemon rice are usually standard fare.
Quality widely varies, since most of them cater to working people.
- Dumma's Multi-Cuisine.
#18/1C, Bellandur Road, Off Sarjapur Road, Bangalore-560037, Ph:
, We Serve North-Indian, Tandoori, Chinese Food. For Free Home Delivery
Call - 9945150909 / 9945050909 in and around Sarjapur, Bellandur, Marthalli
Ring-Road, Koramangala, HSR Layout. Our Restaurant is very close to Wipro,
Intel, Accenture, Sun City, Sobha, Akme Harmony & Kristal Apartments in south
of Bangalore. We take Party and Catering orders.
- 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.
- 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. Expect
a long wait on weekends. Traditional 12 course Karnataka lunches are also
available here for around Rs.80 per head. Advance reservations recommended at
- New Shanti Sagar.
This is an especially good chain of 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. 2. Adiga's Foodline,502,40th Cross,8th block. 3. Adiga's
Delicacy,105,Dickenson's road,Manipal Centre. 4. Adiga's Majestic, Next to
Fkcci Bldg, KG Road. 5. Adiga's Nalapaka, Opp.to HSBC Complex,Bannerghatta,
- Sree Krishna
joint a little further from the road connecting Lalbagh Westgate with
- SLV chain
of restaurants. Prominent among them are located in:Banashankari 2nd Stage,
opposite BDA park
- 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.
- 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) 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
- 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
Forum Mall - Don't expect to find any beef items.
- 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 80rs is also really good.
St. Marks Road (below Church St). A Bangalore institution, serving a
smattering of Western favorites (like fish and chips) along with the usual
South Indian fare in a bohemian-for-India atmosphere. Warning: prices have
risen considerably in recent years. On weekends, they serve up greasy
Western-style breakfast, including omelettes and Bombay (i.e., French) Toast.
Appam and Stew is their Sunday breakfast special and a must eat. Turn right at
the entrance for the more expensive (and decidedly less charming) AC room. Rs
- KC Das,
St. Marks Road and Church St. The most famous Bengali sweets shop in
Bangalore. Stop here for infinite variations on rasgullah.
- Udupi Garden,
16th Main BTM Layout. Simple Udupi restaurant. Serves very good south indian
dishes at nominal prices. Also serves north indian food.
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, proposes Indian,
Chinese and Continental cuisines with a good menu choice where beef, fish,
prawn, mutton and chicken meat are available.
- HOT WOK -
#297,100 Feet Road, Indra Nagar. "HOT WOK. It's not a restaurant, it's a way
- Ebony, MG
Road. On the 13th floor of the tallest building on MG Road, this stylish
eatery offers excellent evening views of the city. Service is a bit slow, but
the ambience makes it worth the wait. Book ahead for a terrace seat. Rs
- Little Italy,
100 Ft Road, Indiranagar. A chic italian vegetarian restaurant, faddish and
over priced. Sometimes the staff switches off air conditioning if the tables
are less than half-filled!
- Mainland China,
Church Street (near Museum Road), +91 80 2227-7722, 2224-5864.
Upscale Chinese food. OK food and good service. Serving lunch buffet. The one
at St. Mark's Road is closed. Rs 100-500.
- Sahib Sindh Sultan,
Address:Level 2, Forum Mall, Hosur Road, Koramangala, Phone: 22067878
Train-themed restaurant with a delicious, upscale menu. Expect a long wait. Or
book ahead and roam around the mall or grab a few drinks from the adjoining
Firangi Paani. Rs 150-500
Gem Plaza, 66, Infantry Road (East of Central St), +91 80
4111-3366. North West frontier food (i.e., kebabs, Afghani) in a kitschy
atmosphere but the food is great. You will need to book on weekends. Rs
- Shiok Far-eastern Cuisine,
2nd Floor, #12 CMH Road, Indiranagar (next to Citibank ATM), +91 80
. This restaurant offers the some of the most authentic South East
Asian/Thai food in Bangalore. Rs 150-500
- T.G.I Friday's,
Carlton Towers & Airport Road - Don't expect cheap Indian prices. But Happy
Hours (1 + 1 free on alcoholic beverages) in the evening should make up
Manipal center (off MG Road). A great place for Breakfast, lunch and dinner
buffet. Rs 200-400 per head.
- Canopy ,
PU Building, M.G.Road,This restaurant is an open air paradise bang in the
middle of the city and serves authentic North Indian food and also has a multi
cuisine menu. Cooking techniques date back to the independence era offering
the unique taste. Rs.100-500
- Le Rock Pub Cafe,
Rest House Road, (off Brigade Road), +91 80 41231001, Hot Coffee
to chilled Kingfisher beer on the tap awesome cocktails and even hand rolled
Havana Cigars from Salads, Sandwiches, Jacket Baked Potatoes to Entree's. LRC
also offers an Oxy Bar Bangalore's first. A must for every tourist visiting
this city. Affordable prices.
- Blue Ginger,
Race Course Road (in the Taj West End). This high-end Vietnamese
restaurant has a beautiful setting and excellent food. You may be shocked by
the bill, though. Just next door to Blue Bar.
- Cafe Mozaic,
41/3 MG Road (in the Taj Residency). Western-style dining in a casual
atmosphere with some pool-side seating. Sundays before 3:30 PM, there is an
all-you-can-eat/drink champagne brunch for Rs 1000.
45 Kalena Agrahara, Bannerghata Road, +91 80 2659-3999 (+91 98
4545-2646). Freshly prepared seven course meal served on the table.
Reservation required. Closed on mondays. Prix fixe.
- Leela Palace
has several upscale restaurants. All-you-can-eat/drink brunch on Sunday is Rs
- Sunny's at
Embassy Diamante, 34, Vittal Mallya Road. +91 80 5132 9366/ +91 80
5132 9391/ +91 80 2212 0496. About Rs. 1,200 for a three-course meal
for two, excluding drinks. Among the best restaurants in Bangalore. Try the
excellent range of starters with fantastic sauces (salads are fine here!) and
the Pasta with a bottle of Grovers is to die for! Also recommend the Hot
sandwiches for a lunch-time feast. Owned by an Indian Film director.
North Indian restaurant inside the Hotel Atria.
- Kamat Yatrinivas,
Gandhinagar. Serves special N Karnataka meals with jowar(Sorghum) rotis. They
now have a branch on Bull temple road where they have local artists perform
when you have dinner.
Authentic Iyengar cuisine ranging from Puliogare, Sakkare Pongal, Thayir
Sadham, of course Kadambam (which is actually a type of a heavenly concoction
of Sambhar and rice, akin to Bisibele Huliyanna), and a wide array of
traditional Iyengar sweets. It has two branches, one on Bull Temple Road, near
Ramakrishna Ashram and another just off West of Chord road, near Modi eye
Hospital in Rajajinagar.
- Herbs & Spice,
Off CMH Road, Behind Domino's. Great desserts.
- Casa Picola,
 has interesting, tasty Italian and continental food in a casual
ambience. An old favourite for many locals, it has a few branches.
- Spiga ,
76/A Vittal Mallya Road, +91 80 22996781.
- Friends Fast Food,
Jyoti Nivas College Road, Koramangala (300m from Forum). Great Conti food at
college prices. Casa Picola fans will like this one.
- Cafe Y,
Langford Road (Near Prestige Elgin, Hosur Road-Langford Road junction), +91
80 511-44561. Amazing sizzlers and steaks, nice ambience.
- Indi Joe,
1 Airport Road (Carlton Towers), +91 80 4111-3636, +91 80
4112-1234. Offers fondue, pizza, steak and Mexican food. Their Lunch buffet is
80 Ft Road, Koramangala. Near Barista and Maharaja Hotel.
- Fiorano Ristorante/
63, 100 ft Road, next to sukh sagar, 5th A block, Koramangala. +91 80
25534231. Finest and authentic Italian cuisine in Bangalore.
Residency Road (at the Gateway Hotel), +91 80 2558-4545. Mangalorean,
Goa, Karwar, and Kerala style cuisine.
6th cross, 6th Block, Koramangala, +91 80 2552-1530. Mangalorean and
Goan style cuisine.
- Vidyarthi Bhavan,
32 Gandhi Bazaar, 91 80 2667-7588. Another very old and traditional
breakfast place, exclusively known for its Masala Dosa. Similar to MTR, you
can find people who have been having breakfast here since times immemorial.
- The Palms,
33 Church Street (at the Highgates Hotel), +91 80 2559-7172.
Mangalorean, Coorgi, and Malabari style. (shut for renovations)
- Janatha Hotel,
8th Cross, Malleshwaram. Another great place, famous for its Butter Masala
Dosas and Vadas.
- Halli Mane,
3rd Cross, Malleswaram (close to Malleswaram Circle). Truly authentic and top
notch traditional Kannada fare
- Kamath Yatrinivas...Majestic,
authentic Mangalorean meals
- Kamath Lookaruchi....
On Mysore Road just before Channapatna...amazing food and ambience.Authentic
- Upaahara Darshini....
On of the bangalore's oldest food joints. Amazing dosas (pancakes!)
- krishna darshini..
vasavi temple street, basavanagudi offers replicas of mtr's delicacies, damn
for sea-food, attached to Ramashree comforts serves excellent dishes.
355, 1st 'B' Main, 7th Block, Koramangala, (Opp. HDFC Bank) Tel: +91 80
2571-1058 - Authentic Bengali Delicacies (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Restaurant, Take-away, Catering. Specialities: fish, mutton chicken and, of
- Sonar Bangla,
88/1, Shubh Arcade, 1st floor, 16th Cross, Margosa Road, Malleswaram. Tel:
+91 80 336-7622 - The restaurant undertakes orders of authentic Bengali
food for gourmets who fancy a whole meal and also delivers it at the doorstep.
Fish is considered sacred in the coastal state and is consumed universally.
So, all fish lovers can take heart as the non-vegetarian cuisine is delivered,
but not served at the restaurant.
- 6 Ballygunge Place,
1F., 612, 12th Main, Indira Nagar (above Café Coffee Day).
CMH Road (opp BATA Showroom).
80ft Road .
180ft Road .
Church Street, Off Brigade Road, The 'meals' here are to-die-for! Every dish
is crafted to perfection by their cooks in strict Andhra tradition. If you
have the penchant for spice this place is meant for you.
- RRs, Off
Brigade Road, A renovation of the vintage RRs, the fun doubles here with the
double storeyed restaurant, one serving Andhra and the other Hyderabadi
cuisines. There's also alcohol, all the more reason to indulge on a saturday
- Nagarjuna Chimney,(1)
Residency Road, Near Old Galaxy Theatre, (2) Jayanagar 3rd Block, Near ICICI
Bank, Possibly have a few more branches elsewehere in Bangalore. The Biryani
is almost intoxicating, not to mention their 'meals' which are served ritually
on a banana leaf. Reach early for lunch, for, there are hordes in the waiting
Fast Food and Ice
- U S Pizza,
Church Street. Tel: +91 80 2559-9347 - If you are looking for a western
tasting pizza this is the closest you get, try lamb-pepperoni.
- Richie Rich Icecream Parlor,
With three branches around the city, this icecream parlor has a variety of
natural icecreams, softies and many scrumptuous fast food items such as pav
bhaji and vada Pav which will leave its customers with a craving for its
foods. Try the elvis Presley speciality.. or the traffic Jam or Richie Rich
Special. The three locations are on St. Marks R, Airport Rd. and Kumara Park
East. Tel: +91 802226-9655.
- Phalaamritha Icecream Parlor,
8th Cross,14/1 West Park Road,Malleswaram Tel:6567 5755
Serves 25 Super Smooth Home-made Ice Cream Flavours along
with Health Drinks,Yummy varieties of Kulfi's,Milk Shakes,Ice Tea,Ice Cream
Novelties and tasty Chaats.
- Dumma's Multi-Cuisine.
#18/1C, Bellandur Road, Off Sarjapur Road, Bangalore-560037, Ph:
, We Serve North-Indian, Tandoori, Chinese Food. For Free Home Delivery
Call - 9945150909 / 9945050909 in and around Sarjapur, Bellandur, Marthalli
Ring-Road, Koramangala, HSR Layout. Our Restaurant is very close to Wipro,
Intel, Accenture, Sun City, Sobha, Akme Harmony & Kristal Apartments in south
of Bangalore. We take Party and Catering orders.
- Bay Leaf,
Raheja Arcade, Opposite Forum Mall, Kormangala - A really nice place with
Church Street, Opposite Amoeba - Small restaurant but great food at reasonable
- D A L F R Y D A Y,
Banerghatta Road,near IIM -B, besides HSBC Bank and above Fabmall - Now open,
serves very good North Indian non vegetarian cuisine in a fine ambience.
P Nagar 7 Block, Close to Brigade Gardenia and Millenium - Nice place with
very fine cuisine
- Mast kalander,
Bannerghatta Road has some very nice North India cuisine. It is very
The Park, M.G. Road. Tel: +91 80 2559-4666 - very expensive
- 100 ft Boutique,
100 ft Road, Indiranagar (after Fab Mall when you are travelling from CMH road
side) - the food and drinks are good, but it's a bit pricey.
- Dumma's Multi-Cuisine.
#18/1C, Bellandur Road, Off Sarjapur Road, Bangalore-560037, Ph:
, We Serve North-Indian, Tandoori, Chinese Food. For Free Home
Delivery Call - 9945150909 / 9945050909 in and around Sarjapur, Bellandur,
Marthalli Ring-Road, Koramangala, HSR Layout. Our Restaurant is very close to
Wipro, Intel, Accenture, Sun City, Sobha, Akme Harmony & Kristal Apartments in
south of Bangalore. We take Party and Catering orders.
- Shanghai Junction,
No.8, Sri Sai, 60Ft. Road, G Block, Sahakarnagar, Bangalore - 560 092 ( Behind
Big Market) Tel: +91 80 41744477 & 41744488
Tippasandra - very tasty
- Malabar Cusine,
MARATHA HALLI BRIDGE - very tasty
Near Forum Mall, Koramangala
Madiwala, 2-3 km from Koramangala
- Gokulam Mess,
GM Palaya, 3 km from Indiranagar
- Kerala Spice,
Airport Road, Close to Diamond District
- Hotel Ruchi,
- Hotel New Malabar,
Near level cross, Kaggadasapura
Bommanahalli, On Hosur road after silk board
- Priyam Restaurent,
Jagadish Nagar, behind BEML
- The Paramount Restaurant,
Koramangala , Near Jyothi nivas college
- Hari Mess,
EG Pura, Near to hari house
- Little Home,
Koramangala, 80ft road, near Wipro K2 office. - Very good south and central
- 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.
Some of the Dhabas in South Bangalore Kanakapura Road 1.
Friends 2. Queens court 3. Eden huts
- Try out Boby-ka-Dhaba near Ulsoor Lake.
Take a left turn from MG Road - Trinity Circle and ask for Gurudwara (the Sikh
temple). Stop your vehicle and get down. Right next to the Gurudwara is
- 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".
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
The three places above are India's answer to Starbucks and
serve snacks, teas, other drinks & coffee of exceptional quality.
- 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.
Pubs and bars
Bangalore is home to numerous pubs and bars - earning it the
epithet the Pub City of India. Note that due to recent police crackdowns, pubs
close at 11:30 p.m. in most cases.
Most bars and pubs in the city are somewhat upscale, but
many inexpensive restaurants serve beer.and good
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.
- Bear Joint Pub (aka BJP),
- Tavern at The Inn,
- Styx (next
to Cauvery Handicrafts on M.G. Road) - known for its heavy metal and hard rock
music. 'Happening' nights are Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- 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
Road extension, next to Brigade Towers.
Castle Street, off Brigade Road.
Banshankari 2nd Stage, opp. BDA complex - For all those rock lovers
- The Bunker,
off Residency Road.
- 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.
next to cantonment railway station - beautifull old bunglow.... slow but
charming service (you don't need to order drinks - just buy the bottle!) -
excellent tapas kind of food (primarily carnivorous and hell! spicy)no
music!...thank god you can actually talk with the people you go out with -
might just disappear very soon!
Palace Cross Road, near Sankey Road, +91 80 23442580,
. 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.
- SOS and
Bull n Bush 4th Floor, Garuda Mall,
- Sultanate Of Swing:',' Free entry,
mainly plays Rock, Retro, Heavy Metal and has a Video DJ.
- Bull n Bush:
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 10
AM to 11.30 PM.
- 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!!
Most hotels have spiffy bars with every imaginable concoction
of drinks available.
- 13th Floor,
Barton Center, M.G Road. Make a reservation.
- Blue Bar,
Race Course Road - Usually open past midnight. 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.
- Cosmo Village,
Magrath Road, has 3 floors (including seating on the terrace). Lounge music
played most of the time. This place is a hit with people from foreign
countries (mainly European).
(Fashion Bar - a theme bar by FTV) inside Le Meridien
- Fuga The
best place for House Music lovers, Richmond Town.
- Firangi Paani,
Forum Mall, Koramangala.
Airport Road (Royal Orchid). Really nice place.
- Hint, 5th
Floor Bangalore Central, M.G Road. Tuesdays is ladies night (couples
- iBar, Park
Hotel, M.G Road
just next to Brigade road circle. Closes early at 23.30. You have to pay a
cover charge of 500rs to enter. Attention! - Saturdays is a party goers energy
paradise with full-on house and some hip hop towards the end.
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).
Due to demand vastly outstripping supply, good hotels in
Bangalore are insanely expensive — with average rates pushing
US$500/night, it's possibly the most expensive city on Earth to a businessman
expecting a Western-style experience to sleep in. Fortunately prices at the
lower end of the spectrum are rather more reasonable.
22 MG Road. Good simple hotel with veggie restaurant. Tel:+91 80
- Royal Lodge,
S. C. Road (Next to Kapali theater),Clean rooms and convenient to the city’s
local transports like the City bus station and the City Railway Station. Tel:+91
- Sri Rama Krishna Hotel
(good, cheap hotel) - in the "Majestic Area" near City Rail and Bus Station.
Rs.450 (close to $10) per night will get you a very secure single with morning
Freezing cold water, tea/coffee TV, phone in room and a good views if on upper
floor (request). However, if you have a problem with cockroaches, then you'll
probably want to look else where. Also, make sure you bring mosquito netting
as there are vents that are impossible to close. The hotel also has a very
popular, large restaurant serving South Indian food. - closed for renovation
in late August 2006.
- 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 50 rs for a day / bed. 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
- 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.
Nrupathunga Road (near Cubbon Park), no-frills hotel. Tel:+91 80
- 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 is volunteerly offering you help, but be sure you
take a clean look of the rooms before you pay any money to the lodge and the
- 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
- 46,1-1 Church Street (Opposite Night Watchman Pub. Tel: +91 80 30577190 Web:
www.churchstreetinn.in The hotel Church Street Inn is. Complementary wi-fi
access and an in house library from Dr. Seuss to Dostoyevsky!
- Grand Ashok Hotel,
Kumara Krupa High Grounds. Tel:+91 80 22-2404-2211 (9 lines). Email:
- Taj Residency Hotel],
41/3 MG Road. Tel:+91 80 5660-4444. Email:
- 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:
- ITC Windsor Sheraton Hotel,
- Oberoi Hotel,
37-39 MG Road. Tel:+91 80 2558-5858.
- Taj West End Hotel,
Race Course Road. Tel:+91 80 5660-5660. Email:
- Leela Palace Kempinski,
Tel:+91 80 2521-1234. Email:
- Le Meridien,
Tel:+91-80-2226 22 33. Email:
Being the capital of Karnataka, the official language in
Kannada. English is the common denominator. Other languages like Tamil
and Hindi are also widely understood.
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.
The dialing code for Bangalore is 080. When calling
from overseas, dial +91 80 XXXX XXXX. If you have a non-working phone number
with only 7 digits try to add a "2" in front of it.
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, I would recommend asking 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
PCOs are a good option. You will find them almost every 100m.
These are public pay-phones (post-pay) and there will be a person on the shop to
take the payments. Check your bill generated (from the billing machine) and make
the payment accordingly. Payments are always in indian rupees.
There are plenty of Internet Centres which charge around
Rs.20 per hour.
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
from outside the city, leading to extreme disparities in earnings between locals
and expatriates (people from other parts of the state and also from other
states) 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 autorickshaw if the driver is not alone.
List of Major Hospitals and health care centers:
- E.P.M.C's women's clinic and surgery-9th
- Manipal Hospital - Airport Road
- Mallya Hospital - Vittal Mallya Road
- PD Hinduja Sindhi Hospital, S R nagar,
- HOSMAT Hospital (Sports and Orthopedic
Medicine) - near MG Road
- Sagar Apollo Hospital - Bannerghatta
- Wockhardt Hospital - Cunningham Road
- Columbia Asia Hospital - Bellary Road,
- MS Ramaiah super speciality hospital,
NEW BEL Road, Mathikere(the new ramaiah hospital)
- Chinmaya Mission Hospital - CMH Road,
- Narayana Hrudayalaya - Hosur Road
- Apollo Hospital - Opp. I.I.M.,
- Apollo Clinic - Multiple locations
- NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental
Health And Neuro Sciences)
- Sri Venkateswara Nethralaya, Raja
- Narayana Nethralaya, Chord Road,
- Nethradhama Superspeciality Eye Centre,
Kanakapura Road, Bangalore
- Mysore Road Hi Tech Hospital, Mysore
- Manipal Speciality Hospital, Raja
- Kempegowda Institute of Medical
Sciences, Banashankari Layout, Bangalore
- St Johns Medical college and Hospital,
Pharmacies are dime a dozen and you should not have any
problem locating one. You do not need any prescription for Modern Medicine
Over the Counter drugs and ayurvedic medicine (proprietary and traditional),
which are available for most common ailments like fever, headache, etc., But you
will need prescription for other medicines, which are categorized as Schedule
Only a few of the major places of interest, such as
Nandi Hills, and those close to Bangalore need to be listed here. Less
famous and far away sites (more than a 90 minute drive) have not been listed
- Chunchi Falls
- are beautiful waterfalls located in
Bangalore Rural. 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 Cauvery river at Sangam, a distance of
about 15 km.
- Muthyala Maduvu is a picnic spot about 44 km (27 mi) from Bangalore, has an
enchanting waterfall and a small temple.
Kokkare Bellur - a village famous for its rare birds
Savana Durga - a monolithic rock situated at around 70 km from Bangalore
- Mekedatu (Goats Leap)
is a place where the waters of the Cauvery River are squeezed through a narrow
ravine. It is located in
Bangalore Rural, about 98 km (61 mi) from Bangalore city.
Ranganthittu - A bird sanctuary and crocodile farm en route to Mysore
Mysore - famous for its palace and sandalwood, Mysore is an elegant city
and popular tourist center.
Nandi Hills - 60 km (37 mi) from Bangalore is a beautiful hill station.
Shivanasamudram - site of waterfalls
Tumkur District) - 56 km from Bangalore and is good trekking site.
Srirangapatna - a former fortress capital of the region controlled by
Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan.
- Supa Dam
Canoeing on Supa Reservoir. This dam is located close to Bangalore.
Tirupati - The hilltop abode of Lord Venkateshwara also known as Balaji.
Yelagiri Hills - a peaceful hill station in Tamil Nadu, 160 km (99 mi)
Bannerghatta National Park is 21 km (13 mi) from Bangalore. This 100 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.
- Chamrajsagar Reservoir
is 35 km (22 mi) from Bangalore and is an excellent picnic spot near the river
- Hesaraghatta Lake
is 29 km (18 mi) from Bangalore with a wonderful climate. 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.
- Janapada Loka
is 53 km (33 mi) from Bangalore and is spread over 6 ha (15 acre). The center
was established for the preservation and promotion of folk culture and
traditions. An art gallery, open air theatre and museum are also located here.
- Kanva Reservoir
is 69 km (43 mi) from Bangalore and is an excellent picnic spot and has
facilities for fishing.
Bangalore Rural, (28 km from Bangalore City). This unique experimental
village is dedicated to gurukula tradition of dance, music,
choreography and painting.
is about 49 km (30 mi) from Bangalore.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.
- Gavipuram Gangadeshwara Cave Temple
- Bull temple
- Ghati Subramanya,
55 km (32 mi) from Bangalore is a famous pilgrimage center and houses a Lord
Subramanya Temple. It is 52 km from Bangalore.
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.
12 km (7.5 mi) from Bangalore, is a small hillock with an ancient temple
dedicated to Sri, Vasantha VallabharayaSwamy.
- Magadi is
46 km (29 mi) from Bangalore and is the birthplace of Kempe Gowda. The place
has the remnants of a fort and four temples of unspoilt charm.
- Nandi Hills
is 60 km (37 mi) from Bangalore. 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 at the foot of the hill and the
other at the top. The location is famous for Kannada film shootings.
- Sangama is
103 km (64 mi) from Bangalore. Here the river Arakavati joins the Kaveri
inside the Chilandavadi forest. A temple built during the Chola period can be
at a distance of about 20 km (12 mi) from Bangalore is the ashram of Sri Satya
Sai Baba. The ashram gets devotees from all over the world.
- "Art Of Living Ashram" is at a distance
of 21 km from city on kanakpura road (From MG Road toward banashankri) is the
ashram of Sri Sri Ravishankar. On regular day satsang is at 7 PM and on sunday
its at 4PM.
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