Bangalore Experiences to savor

Here are a few recommendations based on my interests & knowledge that according to me give the perfect Bangalore flavor. Give in yours, and add to this list. Anything & everything that you think someone from outside Bangalore or even a resident Bangalorean should see/visit/experience here. I am sure there is a lot more.

Walk down MG Road
Visit the Shiva Temple on Airport Road
Visit ISKCON, West of Chord Road
Eat in one of the numerous darshinis (idli with sambar, the most popular breakfast item)
Drink fruit juice in one of the numerous Ganesh Fruit Juice centers
Travel in the Volvo City Bus
Eat Jamoons at Bhagatram Sweets on Commercial Street
Pick up bakery items from VB Bakery
Eat Masala Dosa at Vidyarthi Bhavan
Drink coffee at Coffee House, MG Road
Tiffin at MTR
Visit Cubbon Park & take a lazy stroll
Visit Lalbagh for your morning jog
See ITPL
Go flower shopping to KR Market at 6 AM
Buy fish from the Russel Market
Walk down Sankey Tank in the evening
Watch a play at Ranga Shankara & also sit for a while at their café
Pick up used books from Blossoms, Church Street
Go clothes shopping to Chikpet
Watch a Kannada movie at a single screen theatre
Do window shopping in one of the malls
Watch a cricket match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium
Pick up something from the National Market (at a bargained price)

17 Comments so far

  1. Radman (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 6:25 pm

    wow, great list. where would you go to do the following: drink a beer? play golf? smoke a cigar? meet hot women? eat chicken vindaloo? hang out with the guys telling stories? watch the sunrise?


  2. Adarsh (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 2:28 am

    Hey you missed the most important things

    1. Eat in that shettar palya (Chat Street) near VV Puram
    2. See KR Market
    3. Visit Churches in Shivajinagar
    4. Jump into one of the 100’s of temples in Malleswaram
    5. Go to some expo in Palace grounds
    6. Check out hot babes in kormangala
    7. Visit Electronic City and see take a pic in front of INFOSYS BOARD(which will be shown billions of times in TV during infy quater results)
    8. Dont miss pubs and local bars
    9. Visit IISc
    10. Eat ice cream in Corner house
    11. Have lunch/dinner in MTR

    Last but most important is
    GET STUCK IN A TRAFFIC JAM ON A 2 WHEELER WHEN ITS RAINING


  3. Pisipati sriram (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 8:29 am

    angalore , in spite of fast depletion of its extensive and beautiful green cover, continues to be attrative with its avenue trees, thick and ornamental foliage on the road medians and margins as in Vidhan Soudha and other main arteries. If one, visitors in particular, forgets about the long traffic tailbacks and signal gridlocks, the city is still a plesant place to while away a holiday. Barring some localities like Sivajinagar etc, it is by and large clean, compared to many other cities in the south.

    A morning walk down Queen’s or Cunniham road and maybe a good brunch at Nisarga near the Coffee Board office and a stroll in the cool clime in and around the place still leaves one with a plesant feeling. There are many places of tourist interest – Chowdaiah Memorial Hall for instance for culture and theatre buffs to name only place, Ranga Shankara another and so on. The list of interesting landmarks are unending for inquisitive mind.

    Though the once pensioners paradise has become prohibitively costly place for people with modest to average earnings, the city has an unforgettable ambience that attracts visitors. Its relatively clean – a tribute to native Bangaloreans and the Mahanagara Palike.

    Pisipati Sriram,
    Hyderabad.


  4. Pisipati Sriram (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 8:36 am

    Bangalore , in spite of fast depletion of its extensive and beautiful green cover, continues to be attrative with its avenue trees, thick and ornamental foliage on the road medians and margins as in Vidhan Soudha and other main arteries. If one, visitors in particular, forgets about the long traffic tailbacks and signal gridlocks, the city is still a plesant place to while away a holiday. Barring some localities like Sivajinagar etc, it is by and large clean, compared to many other cities in the south.

    A morning walk down Queen’s or Cunniham road and maybe a good brunch at Nisarga near the Coffee Board office and a stroll in the cool clime in and around the place still leaves one with a plesant feeling. There are many places of tourist interest – Chowdaiah Memorial Hall for instance for culture and theatre buffs to name only place, Ranga Shankara another and so on. The list of interesting landmarks are unending for inquisitive mind.

    Though the once pensioners paradise has become prohibitively costly place for people with modest to average earnings, the city has an unforgettable ambience that attracts visitors. Its relatively clean – a tribute to native Bangaloreans and the Mahanagara Palike.

    Pisipati Sriram,
    Hyderabad


  5. aravind (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 12:21 pm

    some more things to be visited
    1.take a evening walk in the rose garden-lakasman roa parks road …(jayanagar) especially summer evenings.

    2. kalli dose in dwarka (new primises in nagasandra circle)

    3. visit sree ravishanker ashrama in k.r.road


  6. aravind (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

    some more things to be visited
    1.take a evening walk in the rose garden-lakasman roa parks road …(jayanagar) especially summer evenings.

    2. kalli dose in dwarka (new primises in nagasandra circle)

    3. visit sree ravishanker ashrama in k.r.road


  7. Nisho (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 1:17 pm

    ….have a drink and listen to nice band at Opus..

    that’s top on my list.


  8. Abhishek (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 2:16 pm

    1. Have a sandwich at Cool Joint.
    2. Fruit salad at Sukh Sagar
    3. Choose from the variety of cuisines at Forum
    4. Watch movies at PVR or INOX
    5. Laze around in Sankey Tank
    6. Drool at the variety of hunks around in MG road
    7. Bowling at amoeba
    8. Window shopping in Commercial Street
    9. Jola Rotti lunch at Kamat
    10. Pani puri on any of the roadside joints (apart from Chennai, this is my favorite in most Indian metros)


  9. rambhai (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 4:30 pm

    wow thats a gr8 list to follow . although i have never been to bangalore (or bengaluru) i m sure when i will be there i will accomplishes some of the above things


  10. Lokesh (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 5:39 pm

    Radman, I cant give answers to all that you have asked but a few yes. According to me one gets a very good & pretty view of the sun rise at the Ulsoor Lake. You should head there for that. Meet hot women? Well Bangalore is a beautiful place look around & tell me where you don’t find them.

    Adarsh, yes the VV Puram Chat street is one sure experience. Suggestion reach there on an empty stomach & eat like there is no tomorrow.

    Yes Sriram, I second you on what you say here.

    Arvind, all your recommendations need to experienced, will surely do that

    Nisho, been to Opus yes nice place.

    Yes Abhishek, what you list there is very true. Your 9th point is a valid recommendation. That is definitely one experience for Bangaloreans & non Bangaloreans.

    Yes Rambhai come down & experience it. You will love it.

    Appreciate all your inputs to this post. I am sure there are lot of other such wonderful experiences galore in Bangalore. I have surely learnt of a few new things to see & visit.


  11. debbie ann (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 1:39 pm

    this is great. thank you everyone.

    Also on my list – go see art at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath College of Fine arts near the Grand Ashok on Kumara Krupa Rd.

    http://www.chitrakalaparishath.org/Home.html

    look at the Roerich paintings from a distance. Check out the modern art. I could spend hours upstairs in the museum.


  12. debbie ann (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 1:50 pm

    oh and the Bangalore Walks history of Bangalore/MG Rd is great. Also the view from Ebony on MG Rd during the day.

    getting packages wrapped in muslin and sewn with string was great at the GPO


  13. Ashok Balaji (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 9:39 pm

    Memories are what makes a place special… and memories of taste .. here are a few

    1. Eat Sohan Papri at K C Das, St Marks Road
    2. Scrambled eggs on toast at India Coffee House, M G Road with coffee and Deccan Herald
    3. Button Idlies at Malabar Lodge, Balapet(after 4.00 pm)
    4. Apam and mutton stew on Sunday morning after 10,00 am at Koshy’s, St Marks Road
    5.Soft idlies with chutney in a bucket at India Coffee Board canteen, Coffee Board Building, Infantry Road
    6. Grilled seer fish with mashed potatoes at Shezwan on lavalle Road or at Cunningham Road


  14. masush (unregistered) on January 13th, 2008 @ 11:05 am

    Great collection!!! Few more additions –

    1. Visiting Lalbagh (Glass House in particular) during Horticultural Shows.
    2. Travel by BTS (now BMTC)…might be not so favourable for many…however, I enjoyed the days when I travelled to my school in Jayanagar in Double Decker buses…sitting on the upper level and having a “aerial” view of the city.
    3. Shopping in Lalbagh’s HOPCOMS store (Fresh vegetables and fruits). Everything was sold by weight…including coriander leaves (cilantro), curry leaves, spinach by weight). This was something unusual 15 years ago…
    4. A stroll around to Jayanagar 4th Block shopping complex.
    5. Shopping in ‘Janata Bazaar’ (there was one in Jayanagar 4th Block shopping complex)
    6. Gandhi Bazaar area during festivals (filled with fresh flowers, fruits, mango leaves, betel leaves etc).
    …the list goes on….


  15. captainjohann (unregistered) on January 14th, 2008 @ 2:41 pm

    1.shop in Central market or bajaj compex at Majestic.
    2.See the Giant King cobra at Bannergatta park in the snake tree.
    3.Visit the pavillion I and II in NIMHANS and thank God you are not there.
    4.Drive down in a bike from marthahalli(outer ring road) to Sarjapur road junction and SIGH how good life would have been if only the politicians and bureacrats in Karnataka are not corrupt and foresighted.


  16. Mukund Mohan (unregistered) on January 15th, 2008 @ 10:29 am

    Lokesh
    Ice cream at Lakeview.
    Shop at old commercial street
    Visit the Hanuman temple at Mahalakshmi Layout.


  17. Arun (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 7:33 pm

    Ayyo.. the post and comments make me drool. More to add.

    1. Visit to Old Bangalore temples – Bull temple, Ragigudda, Ramanjaneya temple in Hanumanthnagar…
    2. Keep insisting that South Bangalore is the real place to be in, no matter how much things change.
    3. Eat in small places in and around Jayanagar
    4. Crib, crib and crib about how ‘my’ Bangalore once used to be
    5. The normal BMTC bus ride, not the Volvos. Yes, you can still do a bit of footboaring despite the sea change in bus designs from what is was 10 years ago
    6. Take the wide tree lined road connecting South End Circle to banashankari/JP Nagar and feel happy, doubly so in winter when flowers boom
    7. Shanthisagar
    8. Go around looking for birds in one of the many birding hotspots in and around the city



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