48 Hours in Bangalore
A lot has been said about the places to explore around Bangalore (I’ve told you guys about trips to Coonoor, Mysore, Ooty, Coonoor, Pondicherry and more). But Bangalore itself should not be discounted. Sure it’s ‘just a city’- or not. As some of you know, I lived in Bangalore for three awesome years – so everything in this piece is a personal recommendation.
So here’s a list of some interesting things to do while on a weekend in Bangalore:
Step 1: Fly in – Bangalore is well connected to all Indian cities (Spicejet has some great offers running at the moment). Bangalore airport is about 50 kilometres (90 minutes) away from the city centre, but is well connected via cabs and buses.
Step 2: Check into a hotel of choice. There are some great business hotels in the city such as Howard Johnson located near Manyata Tech Park – a super choice if you’re looking at a mix of hospitality, location and luxury. If you prefer a slice of heritage, check out the beautiful Villa Pottipatti by Neemrana (that’s a real picture I took below!)
48 hours in Bangalore:
Friday, 8pm: Begin the weekend on a cheery, erm, beer-y note at one of the city’s various microbreweries. You can choose between Toit (one of the originals, don’t miss the wood-fired pizza), Arbour Brewing Company (love the vibe) and Biere Club (sit on the terrace, its lovely). End the night at Skyye Bar (UB City) for a birds-eye view of the twinkling city by night. The picture below was taken at Vapour, a lovely rooftop microbrewery at Indiranagar.
Friday, 11pm: Check into Lakeview Milk Bar (located at MG Road and Indiranagar), the city’s oldest ice-cream parlour. Enjoy some fantastic desserts and thick shakes. Yummy!
Saturday, 7am: Take an early walk around MG Road. It a different city you will experience, a whiff of ‘Old Bangalore’ that locals sometimes get nostalgic about! You will also have a chance to appreciate the architecture without traffic blaring around – like the picture below.
Saturday 9am: Grab some delicious breakfast at one of Bangalore’s oldest and most iconic eateries. Choose between the venerable MTR, Brahmin’s (for super-soft idlis), Vidharti Bhavan at Basavangudi (for the world’s best masala dosa – pictured below) and CTR Sagar.
Saturday 12pm: Bangalore is home to some excellent eateries – so choosing just one is going to be a task. Some options are Karavalli (South Indian sea food), Phobidden Fruit (Vietnamese), Samarkand (Afghan), Ayda Kitchen (Persian), Cooorg food Company (Kodava), Ente Keralam (traditional recipes from Kerala) and more.
Saturday 5pm: Bangalore is a city of lakes, and you must visit one. Take a walk around Ulsoor Lake and enjoy some peaceful moments in this manic city. Around sunset, hope over to Watsons (Ulsoor) to enjoy a quick pint with a lovely view – check out the picture below!
Saturday, 8pm: Clock in for a night about town in Indiranagar – easily the coolest part of the city that’s packed to the hilt with club, pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes. If you can’t choose where to go, have one drink each at various places. Eat dinner at Singh Saab in Indiranagar (the dal chaawal) is to die for. If you’re really late, grab a bite at the famous Empire (the food is strictly average, but it’s the best you can get in the dead of the night).
Sunday 6am: Go for a walk / run / stroll to Cubbon Park and get lost in this beautiful park.
Sunday 8am: Koshy’s for breakfast – a traditional recipe of Kerala paratha and stew that is only served on Sundays. Be sure to reach on time because the queue can get very long (and the food usually gets over!)
Sunday 10am: If you’re a fan of planes like I am, you will love the HAL Aerospace Museum (India’s first) located on Old Airport Road. The museum houses displays of various aircraft and helicopters, Aircraft engine models, Flight simulators, a mock Air Traffic Control Tower and exhibit of Indian aviation history.
Sunday 12noon: Sunday lunch has got to be at the beautiful UB, the most beloved mall in all of Bangalore. Enjoy some live music as you lunch on the open-air terrace. Just a heads up: Café Noir offers excellent Sangrias. For dessert, how about a milkshake from the iconic Keventers (they’ve recently opened a store at UB City).
The picture below is of the beautiful UB Tower, one of the most iconic modern buildings in Bangalore – part of the UB City complex.
Sunday 2pm: Drive about the city to grab the sights – the Vidhan Soudha, Brigade Road, Chinnaswamy Stadium, LIC Building (picture below), St. Mark’s Cathedral and more. Drive onwards to the airport and fly home with memories of a lovely weekend!
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