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The citys nucleus was a settlement around a mud fort, built in 1537 by a local chief, Kempe Gowda. The fort was reconstructed of stone in 1761. Bangalore was the headquarters of the British administration from 1831 to 1881, when the raja was restored. However, Britain retained an administrative and military presence in the city until Indian independence in 1947. Bangalore subsequently became the capital of the new state of Mysore and remained the capital during the reorganization of states in 1956; Mysore was renamed Karnataka in 1973.


Best time to go

October to February: The winter months in Bangalore are the best time to visit the city. It doesn't really get very cold with the lowest temperature dipping to about 10C. With so many lakes and gardens to visit, sightseeing and outdoor activities are most comfortable at this time.


Fun city facts and activities

    Bangalore is an ever-changing melting pot of entrepreneurial spirit and revived traditionsa city offering something for everyone. And the list of things to do in Bangalore just keeps growing. Be it the cafe culture or concept of delicious breweries, this city has kick-started several trends that were adapted by other metropolitans like wildfire.
City facts

Neighborhoods to explore

    Indira Nagar
    Rajaji Nagar
    Frazer Town

Food Specialties

    After finding a perfect blend of modernity and then blending with tradition, Bangalore has managed to rise the ranks from merely being a garden city to become one of the most sought-after cities in the world. Some of these best restaurants in Bangalore are a testament to the changing times in Karnatakas capital which has evolved into a rich and diverse food paradise for travelers and locals alike.

    As the old saying goes- for every job, there is a perfect weapon. The same can be said about the food scene in Bangalore. These restaurants have not merely cropped up as per the adventurous exploits of restaurateurs, but also keeping in mind the cosmopolitan audience and diverse palette the citizens have developed.

Bangalore Offbeat activities

Free or cheap things to do

1. Rock Climbing: Head over to the Ramanagaram or Turahalli boulders for a bit of rock climbing.

2. Kayaking and Canoeing: Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and explore the backwaters of the city with a spot of kayaking or canoeing.

3. Visit Art Galleries: Bangalore has some of the most interesting art galleries in India. Visit these galleries to explore a world of art and culture.

4. Trekking: Take a break from the city and explore the many trekking trails around Bangalore.

5. Visit a Tea Estate: Head over to Chikmagalur to explore the beautiful tea estate and taste some of the finest teas in India.

6. Bird Watching: Take a break from the city and explore the many bird sanctuaries around Bangalore.

7. Visit a Coffee Estate: Head over to Coorg to

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Kid friendly

Fun things to do in with kids

Free or cheap things to do

1. Funky Monkey, MG
RoadThey are the pioneers of safe indoor soft play areas and provide kids a safe, hygienic, and climate-controlled environment for free play.
Address: Level 4, 1 MG Road Mall, Trinity Circle, Opposite Taj Vivanta, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bangalore 560008
Age Group: 6 months to 12 years

2. Katharangam, Richmond Road
Stories are the best way to escape into a world of goodness and fantasy. Katharangam brings you fantastic storytelling events, performances, and workshops conducted by wonderful storytellers. What a lovely way to get entertained!
Address: B-1, 3 Kingston Road, Richmond Town, Bangalore 560025
Age Group: 4 years & above

3. Honey Bees Nature Club, Richmond Town
How often we lament the loss of nature and lack of activities that use more of outdoors and green spaces! Well, not anymore. Honey Bees Nature Club organizes various kinds of games and activities for the entire family amidst Nature in and around Bangalore.
Address: F3, NP Mansion, Alfred Street, Richmond Town, Bangalore 560025
Age Group: All ages

4. Smaaash, MG Road
A complete and superior virtual reality experience in gaming and sports awaits you at Smaaash! Together with a fabulous dining experience and music for your ears, this place is a must-visit for the young and old alike.
Address: 2nd Floor, 1 M.G.- Lido Mall, Trinity Circle, MG Road, Bangalore 560008
Age Group: 4 years & above

5. Amoeba HM Leisure (Gaming Zone), Church Street
Anyone whos a fan of bowling would know that Amoeba Gaming Zone is the place to be for an excellent experience. Apart from bowling, one can take kids for an amazing time playing air hockey, indoor games, racing games, and much more.
Address: No.22, Church Street, Bangalore 560001
Age group: 5 years & above

6. Amoeba Kids Zone, Magrath Road
Apart from bowling, kids will have a crazy time with the mind-blowing 7D games and rides. Theres even a scary house to scream out in fear and joy.
Address: 3 rd Floor, Garuda Mall, Magrath Road, Bangalore 560025
Age Group: 5 years & above

7. The Living Room, Residency Road
Relax in this upscale gaming zone that also doubles up as your own living room. Relax with your family in a boutique lounge and play a virtual reality game with consoles and hi-tech equipment amongst one another along with snacks and beverages for a perfect weekend.
Address: #45/7 Residency Cross Road, Next To Corner House, Bangalore 560025
Age group: 7 years & above
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8. Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum, Kasturba Road
A perfect place for all those tech nerds to hang out and explore the interesting museum, activities, and events based on science. Not a big fan of science? Never mind, shows like Taramandal and sky observation can enthuse even those who prefer to watch this fascinating world from the sidelines.
Address: P. B. No. 5216, Kasturba Road, Beside Karnataka State Government Museum, MG Road, Bangalore 560001
Age group: All ages

9. Bangalore Aquarium, Kasturba Road
Located close to Cubbon Park, this aquarium can be an interesting place for young children who are fans of the sea creatures. The colourful variety of species will keep the tots engaged and enthralled.
Address: Cubbon Park, Kasturba Road, Near Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium, M G Road, Bangalore 560001
Age group: All ages

10. Indira Gandhi Musical Park and Fountain
An exquisite show of wonder and entertainment, the musical fountain dances to patriotic songs, Bollywood, and a few Kannada numbers. The perfect synchronization along with the light effects create a magical ambience. The Park is also an energy park with solar panels, windmills and the likes.
Address: Opp to Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Raj Bhavan Road, Bangalore 560052
Age group: All ages

11. Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Introduce your child to the magical world of the space beyond the sky at this planetarium. The variety of well-researched shows replete with educational value is a treat to the eyes as we expand our knowledge to the world of stars, planets, galaxies, and their mystic behaviour.
Address: Sri T Choudaiah Road, High Grounds, Bangalore 560001
Age group: All ages

12. Kempegowda Museum
Named after the founder of Bangalore, this museum houses statues, pictures, and posters of the history and past events from that era (1513-1569). Get to know about the glorious past through picture recap of forts. temples, reservoirs built by this impressive personality.
Address: Field Marshall Cariappa Road, Ashok Nagar, Bangalore 560001
Age group: All ages

13. Philatelic Museum
A collectors haven and a new-age wonder for this generation, this museum is where you can view stamps from the British and post-Independence era. Considering how handwritten letters and post offices are fast becoming outdated, this is an outing that can serve as nostalgia or educational and exotic value depending on which generation you belong to.
Address: General Post Office Building, Raj Bhavan Road, Bangalore 560001
Age group: All ages

14. The Legends Motor Cycle Cafe And Museum
Do you have a pre-teen or teen whos crazy about vintage bikes? This museum that has over 20 vintage motorbikes will surely provide a visual treat. On a usual Sunday afternoon, one can find bike connoisseurs sharing trivia about their common love over cups of aromatic coffee and snacks at the cafe. (please note this is not ideally a kids cafe, teens with a keen interest in bikes will enjoy it.)
Address: 15 Wheeler Road, Fraser Town Bangalore
Age group: 12 years and above

15. National Military Memorial Park
Located close to the Indira Gandhi musical fountain, this place will make your heart chuff up with pride for our war soldiers who gave up their lives to protect their countrymen. While a lovely way to teach our kids about these bravehearts and their families, the park will appeal to the young with its many models of planes, tanks, and missiles.
Address: 2, Millers Tank Bund Rd, Vasanth, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560051
Age group: All ages

16. Rangoli-Metro Art Centre, M.G. Road
The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has set up this lovely space to promote culture through performing and visual arts. Its a great place of convergence for artists from all walks of life to showcase their creativity.
Address: MG Road Boulevard, beside MG Road Metro Station, near Anil Kumble Circle, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
Age group: All ages

17. Bowring Club, St. Marks Road
While this is a club only for members, theres a special attraction for kids besides the childrens play area. And, that is this old charm post box. Surely, a fun way to teach kids about how letters were stamped and posted a few decades ago.
Address: 19, St Marks Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Age group: All ages

18. The Dog Park, Cubbon Park
This place is truly a haven for dog/pet lovers. The park bustles every Sunday with the furry friends enjoying a special time with their owners (mostly kids), playing games and doing other fun activities. You can also watch out for some unique treasure hunt activities organized for kids at the park over weekends.
Address: Behind High Court of Karnataka, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
Age group: All ages

19. St. Marks Cathedral, MG Road
Located peacefully off the busy main road, this cathedral on M.G. Road is a pure treat to the eyes with its splendid colonial architecture replete with majestic ceilings and beautiful stained glass windows. One can simply visit this ancient church irrespective of ones faith to admire the beauty of it all.
Address: #1, M.G. Road, Near To Chinnaswami Stadium, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
Age group: All ages

20. Gurudwara Guru Singh Sabha, Ulsoor
Located on the banks of Ulsoor lake, this religious monument embodies faith and tranquility. Sikhs are known for their large-heartedness and the langars in the Gurudwaras are a true testimony to how devotees irrespective of their faith are welcomed with love and openness.
Address: Gurdwara Road, Near M G Road Mall, Ulsoor, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560008
Age group: All ages

21. Mayo Hall, M.G. Road
This historical monument was built to commemorate the administrator Lord Mayo. One can view the Ulsoor lake and parade grounds on one side and Shoolay lake and the race course on the other. The Kempegowda museum too is located on the first floor of Mayo Hall.
Address: City courthouse, M.G. Road, Bangalore
Age group: All ages

22. Vidhana Soudha, Sampangi Rama Nagar
The magnificent structure built in the Dravidian style is the state legislative building of Karnataka and also the largest legislative building in India. On Sundays and other public holidays, the building is all lit up and makes for a very pretty sight.
Address: Vidhana Soudha, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
Age group: All ages

Sports Facilities & Coaches
Sports teach little minds a lot more than the game. Its about team building, team spirit, getting along with different minded players, fighting with energy and spirit but also losing with grace. Get them trained for their favourite sport with the best facilities and under professional coaches in these academies.

23. Imtiaz Ahmed Cricket Academy, Richmond Circle
Address: No 6, Commanders Place, Ground Floor, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road, Next to Woodlands Hotel, Richmond Circle, Bangalore 560025
Age Group: 6 years & above

24. Brijesh Patel Cricket Academy, Lavelle Road
Address: Shop No. 1B, 1/2, Lavelle Road, Ashok Nagar, Bangalore 560001
Age Group: 6 years & above
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25. Karnataka State Hockey Association, Langford Town
Address: Hockey Stadium, Rhenius Street, Langford Town, Bangalore 560025
Age Group: Please contact the association website for details
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26. Coles Sports World, Frazer Town
Address: #26/1 Stephens Road, Bangalore 560005 (Skating Classes Only)
Age Group: 3 years & above
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Playgrounds & Parks
Parks are routes to Natures paradise while museums provide us with the educational and historic depths and insights. Central Bangalore has these in abundance and makes for an enthusiasts delight.

27. Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Cubbon Park
This wide expanse of green cover with plenty of avenue trees is a favourite hangout with most Bangaloreans. There are exclusive areas for young children to play or have picnics. The toy train ride is quite a hit with the young and the old.
Address: Kasturba Road, Bangalore 560001
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28. Coles Park, Frazer Town
This park named after the Arthur Henry Cole, a British resident of Mysore, was famous for its bandstand and tennis courts. The park, today, has been given a make-over to make it an inclusive park and is thronged by joggers, nature lovers, and children for their dose of outdoors and fresh air.
Address: Promenade Road, Frazer Town, Bangalore 560005

29. Science Park, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Let your kids examine the structure of a DNA strand, look though an optic tree, whisper to a giant dish and play in around the molecular structure of a crystal! Your child may not yet recognise the science and concepts behind the many unique play pieces at the Nehru Planetarium Science Park, but thats definitely not going to come in the way of them having a whole lot of fun.
Address: T. Chowdaiah Road, Bangalore
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30. High Street Childrens Park, Cooke Town
Address: High Street,, Cooke Town, Bangalore 560084
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31. Ulsoor Lake & Park (Swamy Vivekananda Park)
Address: Sivanchetti Gardens, Kensington Road, Bangalore 560008
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Art and other fun activity classes
Yoga, painting, storytelling, performing arts, activities such as these are not only fun to learn but can even turn into a potential career if one has the aptitude and passion for it. Find the one that seems right for your child and watch him/her thrive.

32. Puraw Vida, Lavelle Road
Kids at Puraw Vida learn yoga developed by the famous yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar. Yoga increases stamina and improves concentration and its indeed a great idea to start them young.
Address: # 3A , Marthas place, 5th Cross, Lavelle Road, Bangalore 560001
Age Group: 4 years and above

33. The Arts Village
A perfect place where the moms can do their own thing, enjoy a little me-time doing Zumba or Salsa while the child is equally engrossed in a variety of activities from storytelling to dance to art and craft to enhancing reading skills. The setting is quite lovely too, making it an enjoyable experience.
Address: 57, 58, 60, St Marks Road, Opposite Bowring Institute, Bangalore 560001
Age Group: 6 months to 10 years

34. Kalari Academy Of Performing Arts, Brigade Cross Road
Expose your kids to this ancient form of martial arts. They have regular classes, workshops, summer camps, and a residential program too. Check it out, Parents!
Address: No.25, VN Plaza Bazaar Street, Brigade Cross Road, Bangalore 560025
Age group: 6 to 14 years

35. Light Room Book Store, Cooke Town, Frazer Town
Nothing like a well-equipped neighbourhood library to keep kids interested in reading. This cozy place offers a huge variety of books for all ages and while youre there, keep a lookout for some exciting workshops that take place there.
Address: 1, Lewis Road, Cooke Town,Bangalore 560005
Age Group: 0 to 18 years

36. The Lewis Foundation Of Classical Ballet, Ulsoor
The Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet strives to give ballet its due in the colourful, cultural diaspora that is India. Their aim is to move beyond the studio and embrace artistry, technique and musicality thats such an inherent part of this beautiful dance form.
Address: #34/1, P1 and P2, Salma Bizhouse, 5th Floor, Meanee Avenue Road, Opposite to Lake Side Hospital, Ulsoor, Bangalore 560042
Age Group: 4 years and above

37. The Nathaniel School Of Music, Langford Town
If your child has a voice for music or a keen ear to play instruments, this school is a good place to get started on training and developing the talent. They have a unique course that goes beyond the technical knowledge and can even get your child to perform within 4 months.
Address: #10 Berlie Street Road, Near the hockey stadium, Langford town, Bangalore 560025
Age group: 4 years+ (piano); 7 years+ (other instruments)

38. La Force Vitale, Cooke Town
Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art is a perfect form of meditation and physical form of exercise that enhances agility and calms the mind. Its also perfect for any age group. So, you could even give it a try as get your child enrolled for it.
Address: Hutchins Road, 2nd Cross, Cooke Town, Bangalore 560084
Age Group: 5 years and above

39. Institute Of Jiu-Jitsu, Fraser Town
They teach the Brazilian form of martial arts Jiu-Jitsu in a completely safe and friendly environment. In an age where learning self-defense techniques is no longer an option but a necessary skill, one can use all the forms to get empowered.
Address: #95 , Mosque Road, Frazer Town, Bangalore 560005
Age Group: 5 years and above

40. Papagoya, Frazer Town
A kindergarten based on the Norwegian pedagogy has curated special equipment and tools specifically designed for a childs creative growth. They organize a variety of interesting workshops and activities for children of all age groups over the weekends.
Address: # (4) 8 Saunders Road, Frazer Town, Bangalore 560005
Age group: 1 to 6 years

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City data and FAQ 

Why is Bangalore famous for?
Bangalore is sometimes referred to as the Silicon Valley of India (or IT capital of India) because of its role as the nation's leading information technology (IT) exporter. Indian technological organisations ISRO, Infosys, Wipro and HAL are headquartered in the city.

Which snack is famous in Bangalore?
Samosa is a very popular dish all around the country and we all know why! A famous 'chai time' snack, in Bangalore they do Samosa differently.

How many days are enough for Bangalore?
You can plan around 3 days in Bengaluru & explore the city. From Bengaluru,check out Mysuru / Coorg / Hampi. In Bengaluru,look out for hotels in city centre (Around MG Road-Residency Road junction).

Are there any beaches in Bangalore?
Are there any beaches in Bangalore? No, Bangalore is a landlocked city and there is no beach here. Some beaches near Bangalore are Tannirbhavi Beach, and Gokarna Beach. One can head to these beaches on a weekend trip.

What is the culture of Bangalore?
The people of Bangalore are called Bangalorean and the definition permeates class, religion and language. One of the major religions of Bangalore is Hinduism. The city celebrates what is known to be Bangalore's oldest festival called "Karaga Shaktyotsava" or Bangalore Karaga.

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