We were planning for this trip from long time, first we planned it on Diwali but it got cancelled due to heavy rain. After two weeks we finally managed everything, we started at early morning 4.30 am from Indiranagar (Bangalore). Thumping sound of royal Enfield and the cold whether at morning refreshed us We took the Mysore highway and taking a small cut road at right which pass through Kumbalgodu state forest was exciting but bit scary at early morning because we couldn't find more than one or two vehicle in our entire trip. Then we reach savandurga- Manchnabele road by taking a left, on the way we saw the beautiful view of Manchnabele dam. Then through magadi-Ramanagara road and then savandurga road which passes through savandurga state forest we reach our destination. Savandurga which is considered as the largest monolith hills in Asia was giving us a delightful view from the down. There is a Veerabhadraswamy temple situated at the foot of the hill. we parked our bike there near by and started climbing right away. But the way we choose was hard and steep so we went back and find out there is a better way which are marked with yellow paint which is very difficult to notice at low light. After few steps itself we find out that it is not going to be an easy task, your shoes should have good grip. In some places slope is almost 80°, we have to do spider crawl. There are the remains of the fort build by kempegowda on the top of the hill as well as on the way were you can take rest in between trekking. We didn't get much exhausted as we were taking pics and videos of the mesmerizing views around in every 10-15 minutes.
Bannerghatta National Park
The Bannerghatta National Park in Bangalore was established in 1971. It is a very famous tourist destination with a zoo, a planted Aquarium, Snake House, Butterfly Enclosure and a small pet corner. The Bannerghatta National Park also has ancient temples which are still worshipped by the tourists coming to the park. The park is spread over a large area of 22 kilometers, which encloses six villages within its boundary. The very popular Suvarnamukhi stream runs through the park which is said to have magical curative properties in it. A part of the Bannerghatta National Park has been has been declared as a Biological Reserve for the conservation of rare species like Indian tigers and lions. The Bannerghatta National Park is the first biological park in India in which Elephants can roam around in an area of 122 acres without any chains, as because the whole forest has been fenced and has been designed by the elephant behavior expert Carol Buckley.
This palace is the Palace Gardens located in the heart of the city was constructed in 1887 by the Wodeyar Dynasty. The look of the palace is just like one of those medieval castles of England. It is said that this Tudor style palace was inspired from the Windsor Castle of England. The design and beauty of the Windsor Castle is said to have impressed Raja Chamarajendra Wodeyar so much that he decided to make this palace. The palace, though it has lost much of its previous grandeur, still manages to stand stunning. The garden and lawn around the palace is well maintained and the castle is now used for exhibitions and large cultural programs. As you enter the palace, it is the ballroom of the king and on the first floor is the assembly halls. The walls are intricately decorated and Yellow seems to have been a favorite of the king. There are ornate walls and also a place with a veil where the ladies used to sit while the assembly was in progress. The castle is mainly carved in wood and the paintings of Raja Ravi Verma, a court artist adorns many of the walls here.
Wonderla Amusement Park
This is one of the best places to be around with your whole family and it is just about an hour away from Bangalore. They have now also made arrangements for a holiday resort so that you be in no hurry to rush back. A weekend trip is always perfect in this place. Wonder La is mainly known as a water themed park, but there are also children's rides, dry rides and more thrillinng rides. The Slow River ride is a favorite of many. In this you can slowly float in the water through various tunnels such as lion's mouth and then you are dropped from a height into the water. The more thrilling rides are not meant for children. The Dry rides include the hand glider, ray game and many others. The Rain Dance is a huge attraction here when you all are in a pool and sprays of warm water are generated periodically followed by artificial waves. There is also an artificial beach. There are however certain things you should keep in mind. You should carry an extra set of clothes and not wear extremely loose fitting clothes. Carry your own soap for hygeine purpose. Keep an eye on the children always especially near the pool. Follow the rules and regulations when you are taking a ride and do make sure you do not take rides without a break. Do not ride with full stomach.
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
The Lalbagh Botanical Garden located in Bangalore is a very popular botanical garden in southern India spread over an area of 240 acres. The garden was said to be started by Hyder Ali- Ruler of Mysore and was finished by his successor Tipu Sultan. The Lalbagh Botanical Garden has a very famous Glass House which hosts the annual flower show. This Garden has the widest collection of tropical plants in India. The Botanical garden has a very beautiful lake and is one of the major tourist destinations in the city. The Lalbagh Botanical Garden surrounds a tower which was erected by the founder of Bangalore, Kempe Gowda. The park has many rare species of plants from various international countries as well, and has trees which are over 100 years old. Another major attraction in the Park is the Lalbagh Rock, which is one of the oldest rocks on earth.
This is a very important landmark of Bangalore and is named after Sir Mark Cubbon, who served as the governor of Mysore for the longest period. Later in the 19th century, this park was named as Raja Chamarajendra Park, after the king of Mysore. The more popular name is still Cubbon Park as it is easier to pronounce. There are over 6000 species of plants here including some very rare ones. The Silver Oak planted here was the first kind of Oak ever introduced here and was brought down from Australia. The Statues of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Edward II are also erected over here. This park is a favorite of morning and evening walkers, nature lovers and children especially.
Gar firdaus ruhe zamin ast, Hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast. “If there is a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here.” This is how the Sufi mystic Amir Khusrow has described the Kashmir Valley, and Srinagar is at the heart of the valley. Smack in the middle of the city is the mighty Dal Lake, its placid water reflecting the vivid kaleidoscope of innumerous houseboats, shikaras (taxi-boats), and the snow-capped Pir Panjal range: a sight that will make your heart skip a beat. The city is home to the state-of-the-art Mughal Gardens, Shalimar Bagh and Nishant Bagh being the most famous of them. The gardens exhibit the Mughal taste of nature and the philosophy of disciplining nature rather than imitating it: fountain pools and canals, meticulously manicured hedges, and motley flowerbeds. Also known as the Kashmiri Venice, Srinagar is a place not to be missed by those seeking a tranquil refuge in the lap of the Himalayas.
Ulsoor Lake:If you are seeking a quiet, solitary place to either stroll or simply to derive lacustrine pleasure, Ulsoor Lake is the place for you. Located very close to Cubbon Park, Ulsoor Lake is a small body of water where the sun setting looks picturesque. A place for relaxation, you can either walk or jog on the promenade or simple sit at one of the benches observing the tranquility of nature or chat your heart out with friends/loved ones alike. Though online it says there is a boating facility here, we did not find any. Just few minutes from Ulsoor lake, is a small Gurudwara. An unexplored gem, few minutes spent there is definitely worthwhile. After spending good quality time there, we were craving for some food. Hence, we headed out to Commercial street as we couldn’t resist the urge of shopping, being the typical girls that we are.Commercial Street:For all those living in Mumbai, Commercial Street is an exact copy of Linking road in Bandra. A mixture of branded shops and street shopping, you can shop till you drop. Once you are there, you would be lured by street sellers and branded shops alike and there is no way you can resist your indulgent self. Though women are usually emotional creatures, when it comes to our staple diet i.e shopping, you can definitely expect them to take a practical stance. We both had to shop different things and decided to meet at a common point after we were done with our heart’s shopping. Whether you are a brand conscious person or prefer everything cheap, Commercial street is a must visit place for shopping if you are in Bangalore. Day 4: Again came the time for solo sightseeing. Having heard a lot about it and staying at distance arms from it, I decided to explore Lalbaugh Botanical Gardens.
Step in and prepare to be awestruck by the neatly placed, brightly coloured and never-seen-before fruit varieties. And if you are fond of dry-fruits, prepare to part with your cash. You have a wide range of them all the way from Jordan, Turkey, Yemen and where not.Looking for a place with a character? Well, Here you are! As soon as you enter to your left will be the fruits and dry fruits section while the rest of the space is taken by florists. On the other side of the complex is the market for veggies fresh from the farm. Dimly lit hall, shabbily dressed walls, welcoming faces and a lot of eatables- ripe and raw, processed unprocessed, live and dead. Yeah! Right next to the complex stands the huge Beef Market that makes the largest meat shop in the city. Be it any kind of fish or shrimp, name it and you have it. Beef Market witnesses it's largest crowds early in the day on weekends when the meat lovers turn to it for their not so pious cravings.The street food lovers will dig this place for there is a plethora of budget-friendly options to choose from and not enough space in the tummy. The aromas of the Kababs and Biryani are enough to get any foodie weak at their knees. What got me hooked on the place was the caramel custard that I had in one of the shops. The idea is to not fill yourself up in a single shop and regret seeing another which for some undecipherable reason appears more tempting to your eyes than the previous one.Exploring this food heaven could be quite daunting if you are left by yourself, so make sure you tag your best foodie friend along to be able to make the best out of the experience. Trust me it's an "experience" indeed.
Marathahalli-Sarjapur Outer Ring Road
The Marathahalli-Sarjapur Outer Ring Road is a 62 kilometers long road which runs around the perimeter of Bangalore. The Marathahalli-Sarjapur Outer Ring Road was built by the Bangalore Development Authority and was opened between 1996 2002.This road is connected with all the important highways in the city like Old Madras Road, Bellary Road, Tumkur Road, Mysore Road, Bannerghatta Road, Kanakapura Road and many others. The main purpose behind the construction of this Outer Ring Road was to keep the heavy traffic out of the city. Three more ring roads are being built beyond the existing Ring Road to tackle the huge traffic estimations in the near future, the responsibility of the construction has been given to BDA and BMRDA. The new three ring roads will be named as Peripheral Ring Road which will run for a few kilometers behind BMIC-PRR, the second one Intermediate Ring and the third is Satellite Towns Ring.
Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat
This is an art gallery in Bangalore and is mainly known for the regular exhibitions and public events held here. The main aim of this place is to make people more aware of the art and culture of South India, especially Karnataka. A part of this has been carved into an art college with the same name and this is now a very prominent school of art in the world of contemporary and traditional painting. The Chitra Shante is the annual festival of art and culture organized by the Parishath authorities.
Om Made Cafe
Organic Brunching, With WineSome fresh juice can do wonders for your hangover. If you are looking to make up for your night of debauchery with a guilt-free buffet, this is where you go in Bangalore for your Sunday brunch. Don't worry, all of this wholesome fare comes served with Sula wine to wash it all down.
“सदैव देवत्वं दर्शयामि ” (Sadiva Daivatvam Darshayaami) – one of the famous quotes in the Sanskrit language which says I always manifest divinity. A day started with a prayer to the divine always ends in peace and purity. The wonderful city of Bangalore is known for having some of the best temples in the history. This ISKCON temple in the city is one of the largest Krishna temples in the world and also one of the most beautiful temples in the city housing the deity of the famous Lord Krishna and is one of the best places to visit in Bangalore.
Kumara Park West
Where: Situated in the Dakshina Kannada District, the trek to Kumara Parvatha begins from Kukke Temple. To reach Kukke Temple, take an overnight bus from Bangalore to Kukkesubramanya and then walk towards the Temple Road.Route: The Kumara Parvatha Trek is best done in four stretches, Kukke Temple to Battar Mane, Battar Mane to Kalluman Top, Kalluman Top to Shesha Parvatha and the final one to Shesha Parvatha. All stretches are fairly easy, except the one from Kalluman Top to Shesha Parvatha. Battar Mane is a great place to stock up on water and food. There are several campsites en route to Kumara Parvatha. Camps can be set up near the Forest Office, then near Kalluchappara, which is also a great place to watch the sunset, then near the forest after Shesha Parvatha and last at the peak itself.Duration: 8-9 hours
National Gallery of Modern Art
This is the most important museum of the city and also one of the best within the country. If you want to enjoy the best contemporary art, this is no doubt the best you can get. The building that has been transformed into the lovely museum was once the residence of famous kings of Jaipur. The grandeur is still maintained till a certain extent. The maintenance part is worth mentioning and the collection is the best you can find anywhere. Art pieces housed here have a large range of variety. There are pieces that are almost 2 centuries old. There are also art works by English painters and National ones too. The location of the museum is just adjacent to the India Gate, thus making it almost a part of another attraction of National importance. The gardens circling the museums form an ideal place for summer afternoons.
For view like this, you don't need to plan a getaway, head to your rooftop and enjoy the calmness and ambiance, that Little daughter of earth can offer you. In city like Bangalore it may take time to sky to clear off all pollution that we "the humans" are emitting, But believe me try spending sometime alone under the moon. there is no better healing agent than moon for your stress after long day of work.
Airlines Hotel: Located Lavelle Road, this is a popular Bikers joint with open sitting area and people visiting from Cubbon park. Best part is the ample parking, open area for kids. A place to relax and sit back but with a pricing on the higher end compared to the above two breakfast points.
Social has a reputation to live up to and that's what they've tried with their new opening on the block. Koramangala Social has an interesting green nursery theme, and the place is filled to the brim with luscious indoor plants. The menu, both food and drinks, is also an extension of the theme.
From Sangam Chetti, your next destination would be Agor Village, a 6 km trek that would be completed within three hours. It's a perfect beginning trek, it's like a warm up for the rest of the four days. The trail is laid in front, and you can walk the sometime-uphill-sometime-downhill stretch in comfort, looking around at the Himalayas which you will learn to love in the coming days. The village Agor announces its arrival with an arched gate, barking puppies and singing women. The best bet is to stay at a guesthouse for the night simply because it is available. This way you save time the next morning not having tents to pack and sleeping bags to roll. We had a comfortable night at the Bharat Resort nestled with enormous rose bushes and a garden to share ghost stories over dinner. Renting out 4 rooms for a night cost us ₹1800.
Just outside the Bagamandala Temple you will find a lot of Autos, which will take you to the 8KM travel tourism to Talacauvery Temple. A place from where River Cavuery originates and a temple is made at that place. Cost of Auto: 200 Rs to and fro ( From Bagamandala to Talacauvery) Along with a magnanimous temple, you will also experience marvelous weather and view points from that temple. Worth Visiting place.
This is the largest mall in Bangalore, laid over an area of 13 acres and in the heart of the city. This is a project of the UB Group headed by Vijay Mallya and is built on the road named after the former business tycoon, Vitthal mallya. This is a joint projject of the UB Group with the Prestige Group. The mall houses outlets of almost all national and foreign luxury brands and it is thus a shopaholic's drug. They also have some good food outlets on the top level of the mall to serve your hunger after you have done a lot of window shopping as well. This is thus, not just a place to enter and fill your bags with, but you can also hangout with your friends here.
HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum
HAL Museum:Many people do not know that on the outskirts of Bangalore is the air force training &amp; testing centre. In the midst of that is also a small museum dedicated to the history of air force called as Heritage Centre &amp; Aeronautical Museum. The museum contains a chronological event of various developments related to the Indian air force and houses miniature versions of the aircrafts in the inside of the museum. Outside the museum, you will be able to see the prototypes of some of the most famous aircrafts like Ajeet, Sitara, etc. If you are lucky, you would be able to see the flight simulation or testing done where the fighter planes will fly over your head with a shrilling terrifying high intensity sound similar to a bomb blast. The experience of seeing the plane taking extreme vertical ascent & descent in the air would leave you in awe & respect for the India air force.After meeting at the museum and clicking few pictures, we realized that we had a lot to catch up on and were hardly paying any attention to the hall of fame kept for us at the museum. So we decided to visit a place where we could talk endlessly. We decided to head to Ulsoor Lake.
Bangalore City Junction
We reached Bangalore on Saturday 7.30AM. We boarded prebooked bus to Chikmangluru. Our plan started to deviate from here. We thought of visiting Sravana Belagola for Breakfast but due to our fixed timeline we changed it to Sunday. We stopped for breakfast at 10AM. We resumed our journey to Chikmangluru at 11AM.
The Humming Tree
One of the famous bars amongst a hundred others at 100 Feet Road and Indiranagar is the Humming Tree! Customers come here in large groups to enjoy. Live gigs and unmatched cocktails, this is one roof top bar one cannot miss! Of beefs, risotto and mushrooms, this is one vibrant party place bustling with music fanatics. Think mojitos and grills; think brunches – think Humming Tree!
Standing right in the heart of the city, the house of Karnatka legislative assembly "The VIdhana Soudha" is a monumental building of the Neo Dravidian style of architecture constructed by the famous Chief Minister of Karnataka - Sri Kengal Hanumantaiah. When illuminated completely in the night, this Granite strctrure is a pleasure to the eye to watch and is always present on the list of must visit places in Bangalore.
sai baba mandir
This temple is located in the Shirdi Village of Ahmednagar and was built over the samadhi of Sai Baba in the year 1922. Sai Baba was the beloved guru and teacher of many people irrespective of caste and religion and he preached and served his followers during the 18th and early 20th century. After that he decided to take samadhi in 1918. The whole temple is managed by the Sai Baba Sansthan Trust where hundreds of people work as devotees only and the organization serves thousands of needy people every month.
Mum and kids to Government Aquarium by rickshaw Dad stayed at hotel to wrestle with wifi and prepare for the wedding ceremony, but mostly to wrestle with the wifi Room service lunch together at the hotel Clothes shopping in afternoon Sangeet in evening (Mum went early to have mehndi which will not stay there forever applied, Dad brought kids along later) Return to hotel by taxi at the insistence of our host, who advised that rickshaws were best left to daytime, and overnight in central BangaloreEarly start for wedding ceremony for Dad Mum and kids drank pre-bought mango lassis (stored in fridge) for breakfast, engaged private vehicle and driver for the day with the help of reception and joined Dad at the wedding venue Ceremony, followed by lunch Homecoming ceremony at Bride’s parents’ house Back to hotel, shower and change for evening reception Evening reception Overnight in central BangaloreSleep in, breakfast, pootle about hotel, pack for mother-son rail expedition KC Das Sweet shop, Church St, Bangalore (hat tip vinoddsa again) MG Road Metro station playground This bullet point is supposed to say “Bangalore Palace” but instead it says “Rickshaw back to hotel to wash vomit out of everyone’s clothing after merry-go-round incident”. Metrotourism Dinner at KFC Mum and P depart for Bangalore City Junction train station via rickshaw and after some confusion caused by arbitrary changes in train names/numbers and poor directions from fellow passengers they board what (thankfully) does indeed turn out to be their train, but only after it starts moving. Dad and T return to hotel Overnight on train (AC2 class)/at hotel
If you want to know what Bangalore is all about, visit the brigade road. Its one of the most popular places in Bangalore lined with all sorts of restaurants, pubs, and all the brands in the world to shop from. The best time to visit Brigade road is at night, when it looks its best with all the lights around. Brigade is also located near one of the best malls in Bangalore -Garuda Mall. Other than that it also sites Bangalore's own version of the Tibetan market and the Cavery Emporium. All in all Brigade is the life of Bangalore.
Kempegowda Bus Station
i was in the office and was waiting for the clock to strike 6 pm, we had booked a KSRTC non-ac sleeper bus from majestic to kalasa which was scheduled @ 10:26 pm .My humble advice to all, please leave for the bus stop at least 3 to 4 hours prior your bus timings. I left at 8 pm and reached @ 10:45 pm i thought i had missed the bus , luckily the bus was also stuck in the traffic it came @ 11:30 pm. Due to heavy traffic and so much of delay we reached kalasa @ 11:30 am , 29th oct, our scheduled arrival was @ 5:30 am thus we couldnt start the trek the same day ,because forest department people doesnt allow you to enter the forest after 12 pm.DAY 2. ( 29TH OCT 2016):
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum Bangalore
Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum
Like the Hard Rock Café, Opus is also an old building that has been converted to a pub. With a Goan lineage, an amphitheatre and an event every night, Opus has established itself as one of the hippest places in Bangalore. You’ll most certainly get lost your first time there and surprise yourself when you happen to chance on a new seating space (while you search for your friends who are too busy dancing to care.) After drinking yourself blind during the Sunday brunch you’ll wake up on a Monday morning with a sore throat from all hoarse ‘singing’ that you did, a pounding head and an itch to get back to Opus the next Sunday anyway.
Presently known as Pulakeshinagar, this is one of the oldest neighborhoods of Bangalore and is located in Central Bangalore. This is a popular place if given as a landmark and there are quite a number of restaurants here such as Shanthi Hotel, KFC, Nandini Hotel, McDonalds, Dominoes Pizza,etc.