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60 km west of Bangalore, off Magadi Road, Dabguli
Bangalore Palace
Palace Road, Bengaluru (Bangalore)
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.
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Lalbagh, Bengaluru (Bangalore) 560004
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.
Bannerghatta National Park
Bannerghatta Road, Bannerghatta, Bengaluru (Bangalore)
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.
Wonderla Amusement Park
28th km Mysore Road, Bengaluru (Bangalore) 562109
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.


Chennai
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Located off the coast of Bay of Bengal is Tamil Nadu’s capital and India’s fourth largest city. Formerly known as Madras, the metropolis is the main transportation hub for southern India. Travel to Chennai for the unique exhibit of architecture from the British Raj, peaceful pilgrimage sites and a delectable South Indian cuisine. Tourists can start their day with a walk by the beautiful Marina Beach, teeming with fishermen and their boats, and makeshift bazaars fringing the shore. Among the other places to visit in Chennai, start with the characterful neighbourhood of Mylapore that houses the vibrant Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Then head to Rajaji Salai’s Fort in St George that once was home to the British East India Company. The Government Museum inside the imposing Pantheon complex of the colonial era is a popular attraction. The state museum is decked with bronze antiques dating back to the 7th century Pallava era. Surfing along the Covelong beach and walking through the bustling bazaars of George Town are a few of the most common things to do in Chennai. Also, don’t leave here without getting yourself an authentic South Indian thali from the illustrious Saravana Bhavan.
Pondicherry
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,October,November,December
For a dose of south Indian culture with a side of French flavours, travel to the city of Pondicherry (also known as Puducherry), perched on India’s east coast in Tamil Nadu. Peppered with Gallic landscapes of bougainvillea draped colonial townhouses, pastel villas and leafy boulevards, Pondicherry is a haven for both – the traveller in the quest for spiritual awakening, and the leisure-seeking tourist. One of the Puducherry’s most sacred attractions, is the internationally acclaimed Sri Aurobindo Ashram located off Goubert Ave. Drawing lakhs of devotees from across the world every year, the grounds are home to the shrines of Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa (The Mother), and a meditation hall, which is one of the most peaceful places to visit in Pondicherry. Another must visit destination is the township of Auroville that was founded in 1968, located 8kms away from Pondicherry. The community, houses people of 45 nationalities. One of the lesser known things to do in Puducherry is bird watching at the Ousteri Wetlands, 10kms from the heart of the town. You could spend your mornings at city’s major beaches - Auroville, Serenity, Promenade and Paradise, and end your trip with a walk along the seafront promenade, as you chase the setting sun.
Kodagu
Best time to visit - January,September,October,November,December
About 100kms west of Mysore, the hilly hamlet of Kodagu (formerly known as Coorg) is located in the evergreen highlands of the Western Ghats. This charming district beckons tourists with its spice gardens, cardamom forests and a sea of coffee plantations. Travel to Coorg for the wide array of adventure activities. Raft through the white rapids of the Barapole river, trek across the grasslands of the Kopatty-Kalugundi trail or quad biking through the Chevalara falls. For those seeking a more relaxed experience, fishing at the Valnoor and Bheemeshwari fishing camps or simply wandering through coffee plantations are some of the most sought after things to do in Coorg. The 17th century Madikeri Fort where the revered Tipu Sultan once held court, and the Omkareshwar temple are among the most famous attractions of the district’s headquarters in Madikeri. While you are here, also visit Namdroling Monastery in Bylakuppe, the largest Tibetan settlement of south India. Go here for a pleasant evening intermittent with monastic hymns, prayer bells and a motley of Tibetan handicrafts.
Mysore
Best time to visit - January,February,March,July,August,September,October,November
Once the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore for six centuries, Mysore is now the third most populous state of Karnataka. But not much as changed in terms of its cultural ambiance and heritage, hence deeming it as the cultural capital of Karnataka. This city is popular for its year-round pleasant climate, silk, sandalwood and many majestic palaces, such as Lalitha Mohan Palace, Jaganmohan Palace and the most visited and grand one being the Mysore Palace. To get an exclusive insight into Mysore's culture, Folklore Museum would be the best place, where a plethora of carved wooden figures, ceremonial headdresses, vibrant masks can be seen along with puppet shows depicting Hindu mythological stories. Mysore Zoo is perfect for animal and nature lovers while the Regional Museum of Natural History serves those interested in ecological history. For those looking for unwinding strolls or simple relaxation, Karanji Lake and Kukkarahalli Lake are the best to visit, preferably early in the morning or evenings. More attractions include Brindavan Gardens, Railway Museum and St. Philomena's Church. Cauvery Arts and Crafts emporium is renowned for an array of silk sarees, carved sandalwood, wooden toys and inlay work, whereas Devaraja market is ideal for a more local shopping experience. Restaurants such as Hotel RRR Restaurant, Malgudi Cafe, Vinayaka Mylari, Sapphire and Anu's Bamboo Hut cater to popular local and international cuisines. Mysore comes alive during the 10-day festival of Dussehra, celebrated in October, when one can witness the entire city bedecked with lights, colours and music, making Mysore a memorable visit.
Ooty
Best time to visit - May,June,September,October,November
This renowned hill station once housed the Madras Presidency during the British Rule and possesses many remnants in the form of regal looking bungalows, such as the Stone House, The Ootacamund Club, Government House and Fernhill Palace. This along with the tall pine trees in the green areas almost makes you believe you are in old English country. Ooty is also home to some of the most breathtaking lakes in the country, such as the Avalanche Lake, Emerald Lake and the popular Ooty Lake. For some adventure, one can hop on the Nilgiri Toy Train and enjoy a ride through the blue mountains, winding through dense forests, dark tunnels and valleys from Ooty to Coonoor. Ooty is heaven for nature lovers and a trek through the Mukurthi National Park will be etched on your mind for years to come, offering a stunning panorama of carpet like green hills, home to the tallest peak of the Nilgiri Range, several wildflowers and beauties such as the Nilgiri Tahr, Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephant, Leopard, Bonnet Macaque, Mouse Deer, Otter, Small Indian Civet and many more. If you still want more, you can take a mesmerising walk through the charming 19th century Government Botanical Gardens. Ooty's beauty can be explored more adventurously with everything from horse riding to hand gliding and mountain biking, all arranged by various resorts. Avid readers will be overwhelmed to visit the 19th century Nilgiri Library, sheltering around 25,000 books and hosting many events to promote reading habits among all age groups. Chocoholics should place King Star on the top of their itineraries for purchasing a plethora of delicious homemade chocolates. More delicious food from vegetarian, cafe to non-vegetarian cuisines can be enjoyed at popular places such as Quality Restaurant, Earl's Secret and Willy's Coffee Pub, which also has a commendable library for one to delve into while enjoying their drink. Witness Ooty come alive in the month of May, with its vibrant boat races and flower shows, hosted across the town.
Mangalore
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Known as the gateway to Karnataka, the picturesque city of Mangalore is famous for its golden beaches, revered temples and delicious coffee. This port city lies nestled between the blue waters of the Arabian Sea and the towering hills of the Western Ghats. The pristine beach of Panambur is a popular tourist destination and also plays host to the colourful kite festival of Mangalore. Adorned with ancient murals, the Kudroli Gorakhnath Temple is frequented by many devotees. The Ullal Beach of Mangalore is a great place to enjoy water sports. Easily comparable to the Marine Drive of Mumbai, the New Mangalore Port is an ideal place to relax and unwind. Mangalore is famous for its Udupi style dishes and staple seafood preparations. The Neer Dosa, Mangalorean fish curry, Cashew Upkari and Rasam are great introductions to this cuisine. Pallkhi, Gajalee, Cochin Bakery and Naivedyam are popular eateries here. There are multiple hotel options for tourists, extending from high-end resorts to budget hotels and even beach resorts. With its easygoing air and calm countenance, Mangalore is the perfect destination to relax and unwind.

Best Time to Visit Bangalore

Peak Season is from October to February, although the weather is pleasant all-year round.

Shoulder Season: Summers (March to June)  to  are warm, but bearable and the temperature barely ever crosses into the thirties. This is the high season for families with young children on their summer break.

Off-season: Bangalore doesn’t really have an off-season, per se. Monsoons bring persistent showers from July to September, although sporadic, torrential rain is not uncommon throughout the year. Prices are a little lower this time of the year, and crowds are thinner than usual. For backpackers and travellers who don’t mind the rain, the rainy season is the best time of the year to explore Bangalore.

 


Budget for Bangalore

One of the biggest metropolises of India, the city has both expensive and budget options for every kind traveller. Street eateries and cheap-eats are abundant. A great Thali costs under INR 70 at most local cafes. For travellers looking for the finer things,  Bangalore has some of India’s best cafes and restaurants serving hearty meals starting from INR 450.  The local transport comprising of the metro and buses, is inexpensive and reliable, starting from a mere INR 5. Rows of autorickshaws and local taxis can be found on every street, and cab-hailing apps like Uber are widely used within the city.

For Budget Travellers: INR 600 - 1000 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and basic fan rooms in guesthouses: INR 300-750
  • Food in local tiffin-houses and street eateries: INR 100-200
  • Public Transport in metro and buses: INR 5 - 100
  • Sightseeing (Entry-tickets & shows): INR 10 - 200 (INR 500 and upwards for foreign nationals)

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1000 to INR 3000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays with air-conditioning and TV sets: INR 600 - 1500
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 250 - 500
  • Local transport in auto-rickshaws and local taxis: INR 250 - 400
  • Sightseeing & Tours: INR 10 - 1000 (INR 500 and upwards for foreign nationals)

For Luxury Travellers: INR 6000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 5000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 1000 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 500 and upwards
  • Sightseeing, Guided Tours: INR 500 and upwards
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