In the bustling city of Bengaluru, it is quite easy to get lost in the crowd and never-ending traffic. From palaces to lakes to forts, Bengaluru's classic locations are as diverse as its population. There is no dearth of places to visit with your friends in Bangalore.
This list has been made for those of you who thrive on Bengaluru's classic chill weather, the scent of the signature Filter Coffee and steaming Masala Dosa every morning.
Built in the year 1878, Bangalore Palace has become the city's central attraction. In addition to being a historical tourist attraction, the Palace has hosted various cultural events, rock shows, and marriages over the years. The Palace gives you a chance to witness the elegant splendour of one of the most powerful dynasties of South India. You can spend an entire afternoon with your friends exploring the history and taking a tour of the Royal Palace.
Over 240 acres of greenery, Lal Bagh is one of the most beautiful parks in Bengaluru. The garden dating back to the 18th century is the perfect place for a picnic or a photoshoot with friends. Lal Bagh hosts two beautiful flower shows every year, on the week of Republic Day and Independence Day. The park is also home to numerous wild species of birds and other wildlife, the perfect setting to capture birds you don’t normally see.
Located in the heart of the city, Cubbon Park is one of the oldest parks in Bengaluru, home to almost 6000 trees and supporting a vibrant ecosystem. In addition to the gorgeous greenery, the park is surrounded by prominent buildings, such as the High Court of Karnataka, Cubbon Park Museum and Seshadri Iyer Memorial Park.
Cubbon Park is one of the most scenic places to visit in Bengaluru with your friends for a stroll or a picnic. For all you dog parents, you can visit the park on Sunday morning, where you will find the park littered with dogs, making it an amazing place for your dog to socialize and play with other dogs.
Located around 60 km from Bengaluru, Nandi Hills is a major tourist attraction for travellers and nature lovers. Scattered with shrines and monuments, Nandi Hills is surrounded by majestic views from 4851 feet above sea level. It is a common sight to see weekenders travelling early in the morning to catch a glimpse of the sunrise. Pack a picnic and head over to Nandi Hills for a long drive with your friends to enjoy the cool breeze and breathtaking views.
A sanctuary of diverse flora and fauna, Bannerghatta National Park is visited by hundreds of travellers every day. You can expect to find Elephants, Lions, Tigers, Sloth Bears, and more. Located 22 km from Bengaluru, you can also find a butterfly park, an aquarium, a crocodile park and a museum.
Almost 400 years old, The Big Banyan Tree is another acclaimed tourist attraction located in the village of Kethohalli in the Bangalore Urban district. The Big Banyan Tree or Dodda Alada Mara spreads over three acres of land and is one of the largest of its kind. This is one of the perfect places to walk around the maze of roots under the cool shade or set up a unique photoshoot with your friends.
If you love watching live performances, Ranga Shankara is the place to be. Located in JP Nagar, Ranga Shankara hosts over 400 live performances every year in different languages. The diversity of the shows ensures that there is something for everyone. Gather your friends along for an enthralling performance by talented artists from across the globe.
Although Wonderla is a drive from the city, this is the place to be for all adrenaline junkies. Filled with heart-thumping rides and games, Wonderla is the perfect place to release the inner child in you and have an exhilarating day with your friends. From gentle rides to the rides that make your head spin, Wonderla has them all.
An amusement park in the heart of the city, Fun World is filled with land and water rides designed to keep you entertained for hours. Well-maintained by trained staff, you can head over with a bunch of friends to cool off on a hot summer day or jump on a heart-thumping ride.
Guhantara Resort, India's first underground cave resort, explores life in a cave without relinquishing comfort and convenience. You and your tribe can enjoy a number of outdoor adventure sports and indoor games, and head to the wellness centre situated in the resort to unwind with a relaxing massage.
Racing that takes you back a few decades. You and your friends can have an exciting day at the stands watching majestic horses galloping at full speed. Even if you aren't passionate about horse racing, the electrifying environment alone will leave you pumped.
An adventure you will never forget, with its Indian themed park catering to people of all ages. You can play mini-golf or go-kart with your buddies, visit the Cartoon Park, the Tribal Museum, or the Haunted Mansion, or jump into the Aqua Kingdom for the water rides.
Established in 2001, India's first Aerospace Museum is located in the start-up city of India. The museum is part of the HAL Heritage Center and Aero Space Museum, showcasing the growth of the Indian Aviation industry over the past six decades.
Do you want to make your dreams of parasailing come true? For those of you in Bengaluru, the opportunity is not far away! Experience the thrill of parasailing and hot air balloons at Jakkur Aerodrome, conducted under the supervision of professional IAF pilots and engineers.
The city has no shortage of entertainment, and this is clear as day with the number of tourist attractions across the city. From being called the Garden City to the Start-up City, Bengaluru hosts a myriad of restaurants, pubs, shopping malls and adventures.
This one is for all racing enthusiasts. You can visit any of the tracks in the city with your friends, for example, Grips Go Karting on Mysore Road or Raceway Motorsports on Kanakapura Main Road.
Bengaluru has no shortage of arcades with a multitude of games you can play with your friends. With Beach Volleyball, Bowling, Paintball and more fun games, you are guaranteed to be entertained for hours. You can visit some of the city’s famous arcades such as Smaaash, Play Arena and Amoeba Bowling Alley.
Filled with high-fashion foreign brands as well as homemade Indian brands, you are sure to find anything you want in Bengaluru's signature shopping streets. Head over to Commercial Street, M. G. Road, Chickpet or Malleshwaram to purchase quirky clothing and accessories at highly reasonable prices.
The city is home to people from all over the country, and the food and beverage industry caters to all tastes. From South Indian to Mediterranean to American, there isn't a single cuisine you will not find in Bangalore.
Bengaluru in the morning differs drastically from Bengaluru in the night. With various pubs scattered throughout the city, you can let your hair down and have a great night out with your friends. Head over to Bengaluru's top choices, Toit, Social's, Watson's, Hard Rock Cafe or Byg Brewsky, and enjoy a freshly brewed beer, sensational music and mouth watering food.
The IT capital of India is littered with fun and exciting activities to perk up our weekends. You can also head over to UB City Mall to shop or Alliance Francaise for a show; the list just goes on and on.
NOTE - Due to the ongoing pandemic, certain places may be shut or have restricted entry to maintain COVID-19 safety protocols.