The Top 7 Things To Do And See In South Bangalore

Naintara Gurung

Bangalore, one of India’s most populated and industrial metropolitan cities, reveals its unique lineage of ancestral landmarks, sacred temples and traditional culinary flavors. For those who love a taste of adventure, south Bangalore is an ideal spot. Hop on a bus and visit some of the best places in south Bangalore which we have listed here.

Shadow Puppet Tradition

1. Learn about the Art of Puppetry


Learn about the Art of Puppetry

Having Indian classical tales expressed in the form of puppetry is a beautiful concept that has given rise to Dhaatu, Bangalore’s most acclaimed creative arts establishment and a leading puppet theater in India. Recognized now on all global art platforms, Dhaatu, founded by Anupama & Vidyashankar Hoskere, displays unique elements from epic tales like the Ramayana and the Mahabharatha. The puppet theater and workshop is provides a creative vision that aims to spread traditional knowledge of the Bhagvad Gita among future generations. Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 3:30 pm, 6 pm Address and telephone number: Dhaatu Puppet Theater, 3944/F, 17th D Cross, 4th Main, BSK II Stage, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, +91-080-6568 3396

2. Unfold the Remains of Tipu Sultan’s Fort


Unfold the Remains of Tipu Sultan’s Fort

Built initially by Kempe Gowda, the fort is an extension laid down by the Emperor of Mysore Tipu Sultan that was established back in the 1500’s. Located near the city market, the fort gives a wonderful retrospective of Indian culture, known for being a penitentiary for David Baird who was imprisoned by Hyder Ali. The intricate arches, the ceramic layering and the well preserved Ganpati temple, are marvelous illustrations of Islamic architecture. This two-storied palace is adorned with floral motifs embellished on the walls and beautiful gardens that render visitors with a scenic experience. Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Address and telephone number: Albert Victor Road, Chamrajpet, Bangalore, Karnataka 560002, India, +91-080-2670 6836

Tipu Sultan Fort| © Dushyant Naresh/WikiCommonsTipu Sultan Fort| © Dushyant Naresh/WikiCommons

3. Visit the Sacred Bull Temple

Visit the Sacred Bull Temple

Referred as the Nandi Temple by the locals, the Bull Temple (Dodda Basavna Gudi) is situated in the southernmost corners of Bangalore. The temple is set inside a rock called the Bugle Rock, another site of attraction. It pays homage to Nandi, a revered demigod who was known to be a devout follower and disciple of Lord Shiva. The biggest temple in the world dedicated to Nandi, the Bull Temple gives you a wonderful peek inside Hinduism, built back in 1537 by Kempe Gowda. Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 6 am to 12 pm, 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm Address and telephone number: Bull Temple Rd, Basavanagudi, Bangalore, Karnataka 560004, India, +91-080-2244 5499

Architectural Detail of the Bull Temple| © Marc Smith/WikiCommons Architectural Detail of the Bull Temple| © Marc Smith/WikiCommons

4. Stroll through the Exotic Gardens of Lal Bagh

Botanical Garden

Stroll through the Exotic Gardens of Lal Bagh

The botanical garden also known as ‘Red Garden’ is a well renowned attraction site that was originally commissioned by Hyder Ali, the ruler of Mysore. The garden contains a famous glass house where an annual flower show is hosted portraying India’s largest collection of tropical flora. Spread across 240 acres of land, Lal Bagh hosts more than 1000 species of flora and conserves trees that are 100 years old. Built on the peripheral grounds of Kempe Gowda’s watch towers, the garden is secured by four gates, offering a sylvan atmosphere that is only complemented by the presence of ‘The Lal Bagh Rock’, a 3000 million years old rock formation. Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 6 am to 7 pm Address and telephone number: South Bangalore, Karnataka 560004, India, +91-080-2657 8184

Lal Bagh Glass Room Show| © Ramesh NG/FlickrLal Bagh Glass Room Show| © Ramesh NG/Flickr

5. Cave Diving at Antaragange

Cave Diving at Antaragange

A cave diving tour exclusively shaped for adventure enthusiasts, Antaragange offers a wonderful start to your wild ventures in South Bangalore. Located within the Shathashrunga mountain range, Antaragange, which means ‘Ganges from the deep’, is a breathtaking example of nature’s wonders that preserves some of the deepest caves formed from volcanic activities. Grab your trekking tools and explore the mountains as you pass through intricate layers of granite rocks and enjoy a camping experience. Address and telephone number: Antharagange Main Rd, Keelu Kote, Kolar, Bangalore, Karnataka 563101, India, +91-9886366604

Hill, Trekking, Greenery| © Unsplash/PixabayHill, Trekking, Greenery| © Unsplash/Pixabay

6. Savor Vintage Delicacies at Vidyarthi Bhavan


Savor Vintage Delicacies at Vidyarthi Bhavan

This vegetarian restaurant that started back in 1943 is situated in Gandhi Bazaar and whips up some excellent south Indian dishes that are traditional to the core. If you’re craving a hot beverage, order a cup of their filter coffee steaming with wholesome goodness and the famous Masala Dosa, a local favorite in south Bangalore. Step inside this 70 year old establishment that promises ghee soaked dosas and dollops of coconut chutney served with utmost generosity. Nestled between crowds of miniature stalls, Vidyarthi Bhavan invites early birds who are eager to grab a mouthful from the breakfast menu and try a sweet delicacy called Kesari Bath. Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 6:30 am to 11:30 am, 2 pm to 8 pm, Sat-Sun 6:30 am to 12 pm, 2:30 pm to 8 pm Address and telephone number: No-32, Gandhi Bazar Main Road, Basavanagudi, Bangalore, Karnataka 560004, India, +91-080-2667 7588

Vidyarthi Bhavan| Courtesy of Vidyarthi BhavanVidyarthi Bhavan| Courtesy of Vidyarthi Bhavan

7. Wine Tours at Nandi Hills

Wine Tours at Nandi Hills

A guided wine tour that lets you sample exotic flavors, a rich terrain and an exclusive peek inside the history of wine cultivation is definitely a unique addition to your holiday. Grover Zampa, the pioneering establishment in Indian wine production, engages in a number of experiments at one of the finest stretches in India, the Nandi Hill. Located 70 kilometers north east of Bangalore, this picturesque region offers much more than just a nature trail – it lets you taste the passionate dynamics of the wine making practices at Grover Zampa. From assorted and meticulous grape selections to temperature controlled cellars, you can sample five distinct varieties of wine at Nandi Hills. Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10:30 am to 3 pm Address and telephone number: 63, Raghunathapura, Devanahalli Road, Doddaballapur, Bangalore Dist, Karnataka 560024, India, +91-9379627188

Nandi Hills| © Sandeep Bhattacharya/FlickrNandi Hills| © Sandeep Bhattacharya/Flickr

By Naintara Gurung

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