NEARBY TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:
Constructed in 1537 by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bengaluru, is a temple dedicated to the Hindu demi-god Nandi. It houses one of the largest monolith statues of Nandi in the world. The temple is constructed in the Vijayanagara architectural style.
Hampi, the city of ruins, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Nestled amid a cratons and hills, the city is home to 500 ancient monuments, beautiful temples, bustling street markets, bastions, treasury building and captivating remains of Vijayanagara Empire, Hampi is a backpacker’s delight. Hampi was the capital of Vijaynagara Empire around 1500 AD, and by some accounts was the largest city in the world.
Famous around the world for the Mysore Dussera festival, Mysore served as the capital of the Wodeyar dynasty. The palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the country after Taj Mahal. Apart from the palace, one could visit the famous Mysore zoo and many ancient temples nearby such as Srirangapatna and Nanjangud. The city is also famous for its rich and delicious Mysore Pak, a sweet made of clarified butter, sugar and gram flour.
Bandipur National Park
Bandipur National park is a famous tiger reserve in Karnataka. Apart from being home to Asiatic Elephants, Bandipur is also known for a sizable number of tigers. It is one of the 15 sanctuaries selected for the Project Tiger by World Wildlife Fund for Nature. It hosts several day and night safaris to catch a glimpse of the rich wildlife and fauna.
Nestled amid imposing mountains and lush greenery, Coorg is a favourite place for nature lovers. This popular coffee growing hill station is known for the local clan, the Kodavas and their inimitable hospitality. Coorg or Kodagu, as it is known locally, is known for its exotic scenery replete with aromas of coffee and spices affluent in the air. The Kodava cuisine is very popular, with pandi curry (pork curry) being one of the favourites among the locals. There are many homestays that will make your stay a memorable one.
This is the oldest and largest park in Bangalore. It is a beautiful green oasis in the heart of the city and is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. The park is home to a variety of trees and plants, as well as several attractions, including the Cubbon Park Museum, the Government Museum, and the Lalbagh Botanical Garden.
This is the seat of the Karnataka State Legislature. It is a magnificent building in the Neo-Dravidian style. The Vidhana Soudha is open to the public for tours.
Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace
This palace was built by Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore, in the 18th century. It is a beautiful example of Indo-Islamic architecture. The palace is in the heart of Bangalore and is a popular tourist destination.
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
This is one of the largest botanical gardens in Asia. It is home to a wide variety of plants, including a few rare and endangered species. The Lalbagh Botanical Garden is a popular spot for picnics, as well as for educational tours.
Bannerghatta National Park
This is a wildlife sanctuary located on the outskirts of Bangalore. It is home to a variety of animals, including lions, tigers, elephants, and leopards. The Bannerghatta National Park is a popular spot for safaris and other wildlife-viewing activities.
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
This is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is in the heart of Bangalore and is a popular spot for worship and meditation. The ISKCON Temple Bangalore is also a popular tourist destination and offers a variety of cultural programs and events.
This temple is dedicated to Nandi, the bull vahana (vehicle) of Shiva. It is in the heart of Bangalore and is a popular spot for worship and meditation. The Bull Temple is also a popular tourist destination and is known for its unique architecture.
This is a famous shopping street in Bangalore. It is home to a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes. M.G. Road is a popular spot for both locals and tourists and is a great place to find souvenirs and other items.
This is another famous shopping street in Bangalore. It is home to a wide variety of shops, selling everything from clothes and electronics to spices and handicrafts. Commercial Street is a popular spot for both locals and tourists and is a great place to find bargains. With its rich history and culture, Bangalore has something to offer everyone.
Karnataka’s cuisine is said to be one the most unique cuisines in the country. It combines a range of flavours, ingredients and cooking techniques, some dating back to the Iron Age. The local cuisine is heavily influenced by neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra and Karnataka’s very own rich gastronomical history. Some must haves while in Bengaluru are –
NEER DOSA AND KORI GASSI
This famous Mangalorean dish is made of succulent chicken pieces, fresh coconut and spices. It is usually served on a bed of rice or Neer Dosa, a thin pancake made of rice flour.
BISI BELE BATH
Bisi Bele Bath is a traditional recipe cooked only in Karnataka. The dish has a distinct coconut flavour and is available at any restaurant in Bangalore. The recipe is a complicated one that involves many vegetables and flavours but the dish is a must try.
MYSORE MASALA DOSA
A crisp dosa with red chutney and mashed potato filling served with tasty sambar and white chutney. It is one of the most popular dishes, not just in Karnataka, but across India.
Maddur vada gets its name from the Maddur town that is 80 kilometers away from Bangalore. The vada has a crispy, hard crust and a delicious soft core. The onion piece in the vada makes it a tasty snack. It is usually served with coconut and tomato chutney.
A popular pork curry from Coorg. Pork is marinated in locally grown spices which lend a dark colour and spicy flavour to the dish. The dish gets its distinct sour flavour from a locally grown fruit extract called Kacumpalli. It is usually served with rice or Akki roti (rice roti).
Mysore Pak is a simple sweet dish made from only three ingredients - Gram Flour, Ghee and Sugar. The texture of the sweet is rich due to gram flour and ghee. The sweet dish is very popular, and is specially enjoyed during festivals and other celebrations.
Although there are more options than you can imagine in the local cuisine, Bengaluru is also known for its culinary savvy residents who have ensured there are plenty of global cuisine options one could choose from. The city is thriving with many restaurants that serve international and continental cuisines. From Mexican to Cantonese, from French to molecular gastronomy, you will always find enough restaurants and varieties available for you. Some of the popular restaurants that specialize in global cuisine are Shiros for Asian, Churrscaria Brazil for Brazilian, Café Noir for French, JW Kitchen for continental, Caperberry for molecular gastronomy and the Michelin Star restaurant Yautcha for Cantonese. The city is also popular for many micro-breweries with signature crafts that aren’t found elsewhere.