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How to Spend 24 Hours in Bangalore

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Updated: 7 June 2017
Be it the rustic pubs or the serenity of its parks, Bangalore has a lot to offer. Even for a 24-hour visit, the ‘Garden City of India’ has what it takes to leave a long-lasting impression. Somewhere between its gardens and the IT sector, Bangalore is an alluring city. Here’s how to spend 24 hours in the southern Indian city.

Morning

Amid the burgeoning infrastructure, Bangalore stays true to its ‘Garden City’ tag, thanks to Cubbon Park and Lalbagh. Characterized by thickets of trees, plush green swathes and historical architecture, these parks make for an ethereal morning. Mornings in Bangalore don’t get better than a stroll through Cubbon Park or perhaps a short bicycle ride.

Cubbon Park, Behind High Court of Karnataka, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bangalore

South Indian Breakfast

Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR), situated on Lalbagh Road, boasts a century of expertise in South Indian cuisine. The same holds true for Vidyarthi Bhavan, another spot in the adjacent area. They offer classic masala dosa and idli, among other things.

MTR, 14, Lal Bagh Main Road, Sudhama Nagar, Bangalore, +91 8022220022

Vidyarthi Bhavan, No 32, Gandhi Bazar Main Road, Basavanagudi, Bangalore, +91 8026677588

Masala Dosa
Masala Dosa | © Mckaysavage/Flickr

Sightseeing

A visit to the Government Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery goes without saying, as the place is home to numerous archaeological and geological artifacts that reflect Bangalore’s rich and vibrant history, as well as that of the whole of India.

The colonial-style St. Mark’s Cathedral is barely a few minutes away from the gallery. It is essentially a trip down memory lane, to the East India Company’s control of India in the 1800s.

For more historical sightseeing, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace is just a cab ride away. Also known as ‘Rash-e-Jannat’ or ‘Envy of the Heavens’, the palace is reminiscent of the ruler of Mysore’s days in all its glory. Hyder Ali commissioned the construction of the palace in 1781, and it was completed by his son Tipu Sultan after a decade.

Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, Allbert Victor Road, Chamrajpet, Bangalore, +91 8026706836

Venkatappa Art Gallery, Kasturba Rd, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bangalore, +91 8022864483

St. Mark’s Cathedral, #1, M.G. Road, Near To Chinnaswami Stadium, Bangalore, +91 8022213633

Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace
Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace | © DineshKannambadi/ Wikimedia Commons

Shop at M.G. Road/Commercial Street

M.G. Road/Commercial Street is synonymous with shopping, as far as Bangalore is concerned. From top retail brand outlets to traditional markets and everything in between, this is where Bangaloreans swarm to shop. The shopping district is home to clothes, souvenirs and street food to cater to everyone’s needs. Cinnamon, a boutique, specializes in lifestyle products that have a tinge of Indian ethnic flavor to them. With a plethora of transfixing merchandise, Cinnamon is a must-visit destination.

Cinnamon, 24, Gangadhar Chetty Road, Bangalore, +91 8041634220

Let’s Talk Beer

Finish off the day by reveling in some of Bangalore’s finest pubs and breweries, because they are as quirky and joyous as they get. Local breweries include Arbor Brewing Company (ABC), Toit and The Biere Club, and the beer tastes great. Other great nightlife spots include Pecos and Church Street Social. If you’re hungry by now, you’re in luck: all of these places serve savories from continental and Indian cuisines. Not to mention, all these places are within a mile of each other.

The Biere Club, 20, Vittal Mallya Road, D’ Souza Layout, Ashok Nagar, Bangalore, +91 8042124383

Toit, 298, 100 Feet Road, Near KFC Restaurant, Indira Nagar II Stage, Bangalore, +91 9019713388

ABC, 8, 3rd Floor, Allied Grande Plaza, Magrath Road, Ashok Nagar, Bangalore, +91 8050144477

Pecos, No 189, Opposite Metro Shoes, Brigade Road, Bangalore, +91 8041142038

Church Street Social, 46/1, Cobalt Building, Church Street, Ashok Nagar, Bangalore, +91 8041713016

Arbor Brewing Company
Arbor Brewing Company | © Nicolas Mirguet/Flickr