Once called the "Garden City of India" and the "Pensioner's Paradise", these epithets no longer apply to Bangalore, which is today a large, cosmopolitan city with diminishing green spaces and a large working population. Bangalore is the major centre of India's IT industry popularly known as the "Silicon Valley of India".
The earliest records of a place named "Bengaluru" are found in a ninth-century temple in an area that is now known as "Old Bangalore".
Legend has it that when the feudal lord Kempe Gowda was once hunting rabbits in this area, a rabbit turned and attacked his dog. This made a great impression on Gowda and he gave the place a title of gandu bhoomi (the place of heroes) and in 1537, with the assistance of the local king, he constructed three districts protected by a walled fort on the site.
During the next three centuries, Bangalore existed very much in the shadow of its neighbouring city Mysore, and control of the town changed hands many times. The year 1831 marked a major turning point for the city. Claiming misrule by the king Krishna Raja Wodeyar III, the British took control of the Mysore Kingdom and, possibly influenced by the city's salubrious climate, moved the administrative capital to Bangalore. New telecommunication systems were laid, rail connections built, fine government buildings constructed, and the city's famous parks and gardens established. After independence, Bangalore maintained its position as the state capital of Karnataka. The city continues to flourish today.
For many years, Bangalore was known throughout India as the most green, liberal and forward-thinking city. In recent years, these attributes have propelled Bangalore to the forefront of the high-tech industry boom in India, and it currently ranks as India's most developed city and one of the world's fastest-growing urban areas.
The name Bangalore appears to come from an Anglicisation of the native name Bengaluru – an adaptation of the earlier name in Kannada, Benda Kaalu Uru (Town of Boiled Beans). Apparently, this rather humble name was bequeathed to the city by King Vira Ballala. Once while lost in the area, he was offered boiled beans by an old woman, and it was out of gratitude that he named the area after this simple offering.
Unlike other parts of India which are extremely hot in the summer months, Bangalore enjoys a relatively mild climate all year round.
- Summer – February to May (peak temperature is during April and May)
- Monsoon – June to October (the heaviest rains are typically between June and August)
- Winter – November to January (with December being the coldest month)
Summer temperatures can reach 36°C (97°F), and early morning temperatures in the winter hover around 12°C (54°F).
Being the capital of Karnataka, the official language in Bangalore is Kannada. However, many people are also able to speak and understand Hindi and English. Other Indian languages such as Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu are also spoken by the respective migrant communities. As Bangalore is a cultural hub, it also has a smattering of Konkani, Marathi and Tulu speakers.
Most auto rickshaw drivers, bus conductors and shop assistants can converse in at least basic English. Some of them will be able to understand Tamil or Telugu. Signs are generally written in both Kannada and English. However, a basic knowledge of Kannada comes very handy when interacting with domestic helpers and roadside vendors.
- Kempegowda International Airport (IATA: BLR, ICAO: VOBL) (Located in Devanahalli, 40 km (25 mi) from the central business district of Bangalore (Mahatma Gandhi ("MG") Road) and 30 km (19 mi) from the Bengaluru City Railway Station.), ☎ , toll-free: , , e-mail: email@example.com. The airport is occasionally subject to operational restrictions due to fog from 15 November to 15 February between 03:00 and 08:30 (IST). Flight delays and diversions may occur on some mornings due to the morning fog.. The airport, open since May 2008, is among India's busiest and most modern. The airport is host to 10 domestic airlines and 21 international airlines connecting the city to about 50 destinations across India and the rest of the world. - The airport has an international and a domestic terminal. There are ATMs, bureaux de change and two units of Cafe Coffee Day and other Cafes, Stores, Duty Free Shops, Restaurants, Day Hotel at the airport. - When departing from the airport, make sure to check restrictions on times for baggage check-in, and make sure to bring a printout of your boarding pass with you to the airport. For flights leaving in the early hours of the morning (such as 3AM), you may need to check in your bags as much as two-and-a-half hours in advance.
International airlines include Air India, Air France, AirAsia, Malaysian Airlines, Air Mauritius, British Airways, Dragonair, Emirates, Indian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Tiger Airways, SriLankan Airlines, Qatar Airways and Thai Airways.
Airport to central business district
- Buses. Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) operates buses from various points of the city every 15 minutes to the Bengaluru International Airport. A total of 156 buses ply to and from the airport. Of these, 40 are air-conditioned Volvo buses, called Vayu Vajra. The cost for each trip in these buses ranges between ₹50 and ₹250 depending on the distance. This is the cheapest and an extremely convenient way to get to the airport. Moreover, this service is available everyday, day and night. While taking this mode of transport, be aware that to get from the bus stop to your final destination, you will need to take an auto rickshaw ride or to get a lift from someone.
- Ordinary (post-paid) taxis. There is a dedicated taxi holding area for travellers arriving at the airport. Taxis at this holding area use meters at the rate of ₹ 20 per kilometre. It costs approximately ₹600 to get to Bangalore's central business district, and about ₹700 to Koramangala.
- Bengaluru International Airport has selected EasyCabs and Meru Cabs to provide basic taxi services. However, readers have reported that Meru Cabs is unreliable as some cab drivers have been known to cancel reservations at the last moment if they find a better deal from a street pick-up while on the way to an airport pick-up. Another taxi service reported by readers to be trustworthy is KSTDC which is run by the Karnataka State Government. Journeys to anywhere in Bangalore should not cost more than ₹800–1000.
- You may be able to find a ride into Bangalore City at a much cheaper rate by taking a taxi not approved by the airport, but only if you are willing to take a risk. Taxi drivers driving such taxis will attempt to negotiate with you a much lower fare than that charged by EasyCabs and Meru Cabs, sometimes as little as ₹ 200–300 for a ride to Bengaluru's central business district. These taxis can be found just beyond the terminal plaza at the covered walkway that leads to the car park. Once you leave the walkway, some taxi drivers may become fairly aggressive, and may try to take your luggage without your permission. The best thing to do is to keep track of, and be in control of, your belongings. Even the most aggressive taxi driver or tout will leave you alone if you stand firm and make it clear that you do not want his help. You should only use such taxis if you have an idea of what the appropriate taxi rates are, and are willing to bargain very hard to avoid being swindled. It is recommended that you agree on a price before you enter the cab; no tip is necessary once you arrive at your destination.
- Limousines and self-drive cars. Hertz and Akbar Travels provide pre-paid limousine and car rental facilities through counters at the airport terminal building. These cost above ₹1,200 for travel to the central business district.
- There are generally a few ranges of self-drive cars: the compact range (Suzuki Swift), the intermediate range (Ford Fiesta), the standard range (Toyota corolla), multi-utility vehicles (Toyota Innova) and sports utility vehicles (Ford Endeavour). Cars are given to renters with a full tank of fuel, and have to be returned with the fuel tank full. A flexible pick up and drop off facility in town and at the airport are offered. Renters can pick up their cars at the airport and drop them off anywhere in the city or in Chennai or Hyderabad. Similarly, cars can be picked up at any of these cities and dropped off at the airport. Conditions apply – for example, renters must be over 21 years of age and possess driving licences valid in India. It may be necessary to complete a lot of paper work and, depending on the company and type of car to be rented, a large deposit may be required. Please check well in advance before making plans.
- Hotel pick-up. Another option is to arrange with your hotel in Bangalore to have a driver pick you up at the airport. Some hotels, especially the higher-end ones, provide this service for free if you are staying with them. If it is your first time travelling to Bangalore, this is a good way to get from the airport to your hotel. The driver will be waiting in the arrival area of the airport with a sign bearing your name.
- Helicopter. If you are in a hurry and have a lot of money, helicopter services are offered by Birdie and Deccan Aviation. There are eight helipads across Bangalore. A ride from the international airport sets you back by about ₹ 5,000.
- A planned high-speed electric train connecting the airport with the city will cut travel time to about 22 minutes, but as of May 2013 the completion date was not known.
- See also Rail travel in India.
- Bangalore City Junction (IR station code: SBC), Railway Station Rd, Kempegowda, Sevashrama (Opposite the Majestic Bus stand, M: Bangalore City Metro Station). Most trains, both local and long-distance, arrive and depart from here. Platforms: #1 to 7 connect to the Chennai (360 km, 5-6h, ₹125-1,105) and Salem (via Hosur), #8 to 10 to Hubli via Yeshwantpur, Tumkur, Birur, #5 to 10 towards Mysore. There also trains depart to Hyderabad via Guntakal.
- Yeswantpur Junction Rail terminal (IR station code: YPR), NH-4 (Tumkur Road) (Metro (Green Line): Yeswantpur Station, BMTC Bus serving the station on its Yeshwantapur old market side (nearer to Platform 1) are 90E from Majestic, 91C and 52E from Krishna Rajendra market also known as City market, 94E from Shivajinagar, K1 from St. Johns Hospital). The other main railway terminal of Bengaluru. A few (mostly long-distance) trains arrive and depart from here. All trains towards Hubli stop here. - Services: retiring rooms and dormitories, AC VIP Lounge, Essential stalls and ATM.
- Bengaluru East railway terminal (IR station code: BNCE), Pottery Rd. (About five km northeast from the center). A smaller one.
- Bengaluru Cantonment railway terminal (IR station code: BNC), Cantonment Railway Station Rd, Kaverappa Layout, Vasanth Nagar. A smaller one. Services: Passenger Reservation Centre, AC VIP lounge, inquiry counters, essential stalls, Food plaza, ATM. - Double Decker Express stop here from Chennai
- Krishnarajapuram train stop (KJM), Outer Ring Road, Jyothi Puram, Krishnarajapura (All buses between 303 and 320 except 314 series to/from Majestic/Shivajinagar/Market & Ulsoor). has become an important stop owing to proximity of IT companies and the ring road just passing close to the station and well connected by buses to major parts. It also forms the 1st stop for majority of trains leaving Yeshvantapur towards Jolarpettai.
Bookings can be done at either the railway stations or at the Indian Railways booking counters located in major commercial and residential areas. Booking can also be done online. Note that if you are booking at Bengaluru City and are traveling to Mysore, there is a separate counter for travellers to Mysore. This is to cater for the large amount of travellers between Bengaluru and Mysore. If travelling to Mysore on a Sunday afternoon, arrive early as there is usually a long line for buying tickets.
As with all Indian railway travel, have some patience for delays. Trains are usually on time (within 20min of scheduled time), but can sometimes be late. A digital departure board in the station will tell you what platform your train is on and what time it leaves.
For train arrival/departure and PNR status inquiries at various railway stations at Bengaluru, call 139.
Travelling from Mumbai to Bengaluru by train takes a long time (24h or so). Buses are comparatively faster and take 18-20h, provided there are no traffic jams in Mumbai and Pune en route. Effective travel time by both train or bus is long. Air travel is recommended for traveling between Mumbai and Bengaluru, the duration of which is about 90min. Low cost airlines charge the same fare as A/C train or Volvo bus. However, sleeper class (non air-con) train travel from Mumbai to Bengaluru is economical and you can have a view of some lush evergreen forests and river valleys across Western India.
If you have difficulty in arranging a plane or railway ticket to/from your next destination, or you prefer a little more adventure, you can go by bus. There are both government and private buses that run services to/from major cities like Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Mangalore, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tirupati, Hyderabad, etc. Buses can be a normal luxury bus, a Volvo A/C bus or a sleeper bus for night travel.
- Kempegowda Bus Station (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus stand, Majestic Bus Station, Kannada: ಕೆಂಪೇಗೌಡ ಬಸ್ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣ), Gandhi Naga, City Bus Rd (The main bus stand is located next to the Kempegowda Bus Station.). It handles buses that connect Bengaluru to all major cities and states in South India. Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), maintains bus services within Bengaluru.
Unlike other metros, the display boards in the bus show the destination in the local language Kannada. But the bus numbers are mostly in English. If you don't speak Kannada, you will likely need to get some help to get on the right bus. However, the newer Volvo buses are all equipped with electronic displays that display the destination and route numbers in both Kannada and English. Non-Volvo buses are being gradually retrofitted with these electronic displays; this should make bus travel much simpler if you are unfamiliar with the local language.
- Durgamba Motors
- Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) Counters are present all over the city for reservations, list on the website.
- KPN Travels - Toward Tamil Nadu
- VRL Travels - Toward most places North of Bangalore
Driving in India can be very stressful. Lane discipline is practically non-existent, excessive honking, high vehicle density, lack of regard for traffic law, combined with razor thin passing margins are common. One ride in a taxi will most likely convince you that driving yourself is not worth the risk, so if you do want to arrive by car, you will probably want to hire both a car and a driver. Cost varies, but most car/driver combinations cost ₹1,400-1,700/day. The fares for hired private taxis are usually in the multiples of 4h/40 km, fares for which start at around ₹450 for a non-air conditioned small car. Depending on where you are coming from, you may be able to negotiate a lower fare if the trip isn't far, and it may be a higher fare if you are travelling far and your driver has to travel back on his own time. Having an approximate idea of the fare or distance beforehand and persistent bargaining skills can lead to significant savings. Although it costs more, consider requesting an air conditioned car if you aren't used to the heat, especially in summer. An air conditioned car will also help filter out the air pollution, which is considerable, especially on congested roadways. If you want something even more special, such as a fancy car or SUV, be prepared to pay extra.
Buses in Bengaluru are cheap and usually frequent, (though expensive compared to other states) but traveling on them can be very difficult if you don't know the system well. Ordinary city buses display only the route number in English, with the destination and route information written in Kannada. This means you will have to know what route number you need before you get on, which you can find from the BMTC website, BMTCRoutes.in website, Desiroutes bus routes or by asking locals. Unlike many Western countries, posted route maps of the bus system are rare, although maps are sold at the main bus terminals (Kempegowda Bus Stand and Shivajinagar). ☎ BMTC toll free 1800 425 1663.
Buses with black display boards run within the city. Red board buses covers long distance and go to adjoining suburbs. The ordinary city buses are white and blue in colour. The newer city buses tend to be blue in colour (Purchased under the JNNURM fund provided by Central govt.) and have LED display boards. There is a bus service called Pushpak with better seating; these buses are tan rather than the usual blue and are slightly more expensive. There are red Volvo buses, called Vajra, that operate on certain routes within the city. They offer a comfortable air-conditioned ride at slightly higher prices than the regular buses (which are not air-conditioned). These are a great way to get around the city. Unlike most other buses, the Vajras have illuminated LED display boards on the front and sides which display the destination and route information in English as well as Kannada.
New bus services are introduced from time to time by the BMTC. The latest service introduced in early 2009 known as Big 10 consists of ten routes along major roads into the city, bringing passengers from the outer suburbs to central Bengaluru. These buses are green in color, have LCD destination boards, and prominently feature the Big 10 logo on the sides. More information about these buses, including stops and route maps. BIG 10 service starts at Brigade road junction. There are also couple of buses which do a circular route around the Central Building District.
City buses are crowded during rush hours but one can travel with a little difficulty during the daytime. Many have seats are reserved for women in the front and a pair of seats for senior citizens and handicapped. Bus service is less frequent between 09:30-22:00 and rare after 22:30.
It is always better to buy a daily pass if you plan to travel the whole day on the bus. The daily pass costs ₹60 as of January 2014 and it comes in handy if you need to travel on several buses in a single day. Daily passes are issued by the on-duty bus conductor or at the bus stand. Using this pass you can travel in any bus (other than the Vajra) for the entire day, any number of times. It is a very economical option for travel in Bengaluru. Senior citizens are given 25% concession in all buses on production of valid ID card(Voter ID,PAN,Passport etc.). children between age of 4-12 are given 50% concession. No charge for children up to 4 years of age
There are three major bus stands:
- Kempegowda bus stand, also known as the Majestic Bus Stand, near Gandhi Nagar is directly opposite the Bengaluru City railway station. It is quite neatly organised and is easily navigable. There is an inquiry office near platform number 1 on ‘Majestic’ where you can ask the bus number and platform for your desired destination. You can find a large map on display, which you can use to find the bus number you need to take if you know the area you are going to. You can of course always ask the conductor or other passengers. Route maps are also sold on the platforms.
- City Market is around 2 km (1.2 mi) to 3 km (1.8 mi) away from Majestic and could daunt newcomers, since it is very disorganised. It is a large dirt parking lot under an overhead highway, and there is not much order to where buses park.
- Shivajinagar is in the north. This is also neatly organised and there is an inquiry window to find about buses. You can find a large map on display here too, which you can use to find the bus number you need to take if you know the area you are going to. Route maps are also sold on the platforms.
Buses are available to all major localities of the city from these three bus stands. There have been lot of developments due to the ongoing metro project as well as efforts to decongest the city. BMTC is adding more bus stations all the time. Better to check on their website for latest situation.
The Bangalore Metro (Namma Metro) is a new suburban rail service that will cut down the time taken to get from one area of the city to the other. Most of the work is still underway. There two stretch are operational, 16 metro stations (as of Dec 2014) expected new sections opening in 2015 first half. Tickets can be bought at any station. Fares vary between ₹10 and ₹15.
- Peenya Industry Metro Station, Tumkur Rd (Temporary headstation (continued to north probably in 2019/2020)).
- Peenya Metro Station, Tumkur Rd (Peenya area, near to Dr Prabhakar Kore Convention Centre.).
- Yeshwanthpur Industry Metro Station (u/c), Tumkur Road, ~2270 (Station open: 2015. - Outer Ring Road corner. Close to Hotel Vivanta by Taj, Hotel Marks Grandeur).
- Yeshwanthpur Metro Station (Yeshwanthpur area, opposite to the Yeswantpur Junction Rail terminal. - Hotel Grand Bee).
- Sandal Soap Factory Metro Station, Chord Rd (Close to Guruvayurappan Temple, Maruthi Mandir, Sheraton Bangalore at Brigade Gateway, Metro Cash n Carry, Orion Mall, World Trade Centre of Bangalore.).
- Mahalakshmi Metro Station (Mahalaxmi), Chord Rd (Mahalakshmi layout, ISKCON temple).
- Rajajinagar Metro Station, Chord Rd (Rajajinagar area, Line Park, Navrang Park).
- Kuvempu Road Metro Station, Kuvempu Rd (Mariappanapalya Park).
- Srirampura Metro Station, Mahakavi Kuvempu Road, Ramamohanapuram (Srirampuram area, Harischandra Ghat, Ayyappa Temple).
- Sampige Metro Station, Sampige Road, ( Mantri Square Sampige Road) (Mantri Square shopping mall, Hotel Swathi, Bhashyam Park).
- Magadi Road Metro Station u/c, Magadi Rd (Prasanna Theatre, Sri 1008 Suvarna Parshwanath Digambar Jain Temple, Vrisabhabathi River). Estimated opening: 2015
- Bangalore City Metro Station u/c (Bapuji College, Balaji Temple, Maramma Temple, Sri Angala Parameswari Kovil). Estimated opening: 2015
- Majestic Interchange Metro Station u/c, Tank Bund Rd, Upparpete (Bangalore City Junction Train Station, Kempegowda Bus Station, The Bell Hotel and Convention Centre, Lokmanya Tilak Park). Estimated opening: 2015.
- Sir M. Visveshwaraya Metro Station u/c, Post Office Rd, Ambedkar Veedh (Hudson Memorial Church, Rice Memorial Church, Sangeen Jama Masjid, Jnana Jyothi Auditorium, Freedom Park, Hotel Bangalore Gate). Estimated opening 2015
- Vidhana Soudha Metro Station u/c, Dr Ambedkar Rd (High Court Building, Vidhana Soudha, The Capitol Hotel, Cubbon Park, General Post Office). Estimated opening 2015
- Cubbon Park Metro Station u/c, Cubbon Rd (General Post Office, Consulate of Japan, Hotel Empire). Estimated opening 2015
- Mahatma Gandhi Road Metro Station (MG Road), Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Shanthala Nagar (Museum Inn Hotel, St. Andrews Church, Manekshaw Parade Grounds, Ballal Residency, The Grand Magrath Hotel).
- Trinity Metro Station, MG Rd (The Holy Trinity Church, a couple four or five star hotels as Hotel Ramanashree Brunton, jüSTa MG Road Hotel, The Park Hotel, Vivanta By Taj - MG Road, Hyatt Bangalore MG Road Hotel).
- Halasuru Metro Station, Old Madras Rd, Gupta Layout (Subramanya Temple, B M P Ulsoor Fish and Vegetable Market).
- Indiranagar Metro Station, 10th Cross Rd and CMH Road cnr, Indiranagar (Indira Nagar Park, CMH Park, Bethel Church, Arya Samaj Mandir, The Grand Serenity Hotel).
- Swami Vivekananda Road Metro Station, Swami Vivekananda Rd (Yellamma Temple (one and half km north)).
- Baiyappanahalli Metro Station, Bennigana Halli. Headstation
Auto-rickshaws are everywhere at any time of day. They are green-and-yellow, and black-and-yellow three wheeled contraptions. Nevertheless, they are a fast way to get around the city.
Auto-rickshaws are supposed to charge fares as per the meter reading, which most often equals to ₹ 13 x distance (in kilometres) (Minimum charge of ₹ 25 for the first 1.8 km or less), they generally tend to charge on an ad-hoc basis depending on the distance of the destination, the chances of getting another customer from the mentioned locality, and their mood. You should simply refuse to board an auto where the meter is faulty or the driver refuses to use it. Saying "meter please" will usually do the trick.
Tourists should be cautious when approaching an auto-rickshaw during night, or during heavy rains. Chances are they will charge exorbitant rates. Help could be taken from the local traffic police to avail auto-rickshaws during such circumstances. If you are a visitor and do not know the route to the destination it is a good idea to bargain and fix the fare before boarding to avoid long, convoluted routes being used by the driver.
Another thing to keep in mind is to be firm but not loud in an argument while travelling in the auto. Some of the less reputable drivers may team up with their friends midway to cause problems. Remember that although Bangaloreans are known for their polite and mild mannered behaviour, auto drivers are normally an exception. Some will think nothing of trying to rip you off. If in doubt, consult a local or your hotel travel desk.
If a rickshaw driver offers to show/drive you to some great places to shop, firmly refuse. A common tactic is to drive you to local shops where you will be pressured to buy Indian crafts that you probably don't want. Know your destination and insist upon it.
Autos add a 50% surcharge after 22:00 (called "one and a half" and is the legal charge). Some drivers may demand 100% surcharge after 22:00 or 23:00 but you must refuse to board in such a case. Heavy luggage costs an additional fee of around ₹10-20.
Rickshaw drivers are required by law to display their identification on the dashboard or the back of their seats. Refuse to get into a rickshaw that does not display one.
If an auto driver is problematic, note their identification number and report to the BBMP Control room which is empowered to withdraw their auto license. This is a very effective technique to deal with them. The BBMP control room number as of December 2009 is ☎+91 80 22975803.
The minimum charge as of February 2014 is ₹25 for the first 1.8 km and ₹13 for every additional kilometre.
If you arrive in Bangalore via train, at the main train station there is an office near the taxis/auto-rickshaws which will print-out a pre-paid receipt for your ride. The service costs ₹1, but will save you a potentially large amount of money by giving you an accurate value for your ride. This also allows you to avoid haggling with the driver and acts as an official price agreement in the event that the driver wants to dispute the price of the ride.
The taxis in Bengaluru are very convenient and comfortable. Most of the vehicles are Maruti Omni Vans, Tata Indica cars or Mahindra Logan cars, which are much safer than Auto rickshaws, and the drivers are polite. If you are alone or going to an unknown destination, you are strongly advised to choose this option, even though the rates will be double that of an auto. Most taxi companies will charge a flat rate of ₹ 150 for a pick-up and drop from anywhere to anywhere within city limits. Waiting or return trips will be charged extra, as will a lot of heavy luggage.
Unlike many other countries, taxis are not marked with 'TAXI' signs on the top. Instead, the cars will be marked with the logo of the fleet operator or taxi company on the sides of the car. Only some companies like "Meru Taxi" are marked with the sign 'Taxi' on them. Some companies have a yellow sign with an identification number (usually an alphabet followed by two digits) on the top. Keep in mind that these taxis cannot be hailed from the street, but have to be called by telephone. When you call, you must give the operator your location, destination as well as phone number, who will in turn tell you the charge (or will inform you that you must go by the meter) as well as the taxi number. The taxi will come pick you up, and call you when they are close. When you go out on the street, look at the license plate for the number they gave you—it will be the last four digits of the license plate. Alternatively, look for the yellow board atop the car with the taxi's identification number.
The license plate number is usually in the format "KA" followed by 01 to 05, followed by two alphabets, followed by a four digit number. Taxis generally have yellow license plates with black letters.
Be prepared to book a taxi a couple of hours in advance if required on weekdays, especially during rush hours, as a huge demand for the taxis, coupled with massive traffic jams during rush hours will ensure that it would be difficult for a taxi to reach you in time. Private taxis are generally more reliable during this time as in many cases, radio cabs will be overbooked and you might be unfortunate to be informed that your booking has been scrapped.
Although it can be hard for non-Indians to grasp at first, the system is actually very effective. If in doubt, ask a member of your hotel staff to help you, and when your taxi comes be sure to tip them ₹35-40 for the assistance.
Some radio taxi services are: Easy Cabs (T:+91 80 4343 4343), Genie Cabs (+91 80 3399 3399, ₹ 30 more for phone bookings), GetMeCab (T.+91 92666 01520, hours=8AM-9PM) Mega Cabs (T:+91 80 4747 4747), Meru Cabs (T.+91 80 4422 4422), Ola Cabs (+91 80 3355 3355), SPOT City Taxi (T:+91 80 2551 0000), Star City Taxi (+91 80 2313 3333), Taxi for Sure (TFS, +91 80 6060 1010), Taj Trip Car (T:+91 88 0055 0676).
Travel agents and hotels can arrange private chauffeur driven cars to provide services and you may also hire self-drive cars without drivers. Expensive by comparison with taxis, they are the most trusted, secure, and comfortable way to travel around the city. Driving in Bangalore can be difficult, because of poor driver discipline, but chauffeur driven services are very reasonable. These can be arranged by travel companies or online from the countries of origin. Car rental agencies such as: Avis (T:+91 80 3399 0099), Carzonrent (T:+91 88 8222 2222), BookCab (T:+91 80 3000 3000), Classic Cabs (T:+91 80 2343 8821), Hertz (T:+91 80 4330 2201), Moto Taxi Services (+91 80 6060 9999), ZoomCar (T:+91 80 4171 5881), Quick Cabs (T:+91 80-4160 0000)
By private car
Most taxi and auto-rickshaw drivers will be more than happy to offer you either a daily rate or an hourly rate, and take you around wherever you need to go. Alternately, your hotel or a travel company can arrange a private car.
If you find a good taxi or auto driver, this can be a great way to go for a foreigner. You'll certainly pay a lot more than if you bought individual rides, but you'll always have a driver waiting for you, and he can help with recommending local tourist sites, finding a good restaurant to eat at, and otherwise coping with day-to-day life. This can take a lot of the stress out of traveling.
Rates are generally something like ₹50-100 per hour for an auto-rickshaw, and ₹150-250 per hour for a taxi. Rates for a private car booked via the hotel will probably be more. Like everything else in India, rates are very fluid.
The weather in Bengaluru is extremely pleasant, but the traffic is equally hectic. So if your plan is not to go towards crowded city, you can go around cycling.
Most of the sightseeing locations are located within a range of 15 km, so you can consider covering them on bicycle. Bicycle dealers charge ₹100-300 for entire day and you have to submit identity proof to hire bicycle.
Bengaluru has a lot to offer for a visitor. If you only have a limited amount of time in the city, you should consider taking a tour.
Typically, the city tours do NOT include entry fees into the attractions. Bengaluru, as with the rest of India, has a habit of charging foreigners a lot more than locals. For example, Tipu Sultan's Palace, which is on the half-day tour, charges ₹ 10 for Indians and ₹ 100 (or US $2) to non-Indians.
- Bengaluru Palace, Palace Road, Vasanth Nagar. was constructed by the Maharajahs of Mysore. For many years the building was neglected as a tourist attraction, but is now open to the public. This is a run down building with paint peeling on the interior and generally a tourist trap to be avoided. The fee is ₹100/200 Indian/Foreigner and ₹500 to take photos even of the exterior. This includes a guide to point out things like the mounted elephant head, though no mention is made of the numerous nude paintings.
- Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Kasturba Rd (Cubbon Park). is a distinctive building constructed of red sand stone. It houses the State Central Library (right south of Ribbon Park) and the Bengaluru High Court of Karnataka, (Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, north of Ribbon Park), while the grounds include a children's recreation area with a toy train, fairground and theater.
- Tipu Sultan's Palace, Allbert Victor Road, Chamrajpet (Close to Bangalore Medical College), ☎ . Timings: Daily 9:30AM–5:30PM. which dates from about 1790, is the summer retreat for Tipu sultan. The two story structure is made mostly out of wood with finely embellished balconies, pillars and arches. Tickets are ₹10 for Indians and ₹100 for foreigners..
- Vidhana Soudha, Dr Ambedkar Rd, Sampangi Ramnaga (Located half km north of Cubbon Park. - Metro: Vidhana Soudha (und./const.)). The legislative House of the State of Karnataka, this granite building was built by Sri K. Hanumanthaiya, Chief Minister of the then Mysore state 1951-1956. The then Prime Minister Sri Pandit Jawaharalal Nehru laid the foundation on 13 July 1951. It was built at an expenditure of ₹ 18.4 million. Marvel of neo-Dravidian architecture and one of the most imposing building not only in Bengaluru but in India. One of the interesting feature of this building in grand stairs in its front. The grand stairs has a flight of forty-five steps 62 m (204 ft) wide 21 m (70 ft) deep giving a direct access to the foyer of first floor leading to an Assembly Chamber. The architecture of the building is based on Dravidian style, comprising richly carved bases and capitals for pillars, deep friezes, kapotha cornices, chaithya arches, heavy pediments domical finials, etc.; At the same time, the construction has been on modern designs, making use of the present-day materials like steel, reinforced cement concrete glass, plastic, etc. It is not possible to visit the grounds or enter the building.
- Vikasa Soudha. It possible to gild a lily? Well you judge for yourself. This ultra modern construction, adjacent to majestic Vidhana Soudha built in the same classic style, is supposed to come fitted with the latest gizmos to help govern the state. It was inaugurated sometime in February 2005.
In Koramangala, The Koramangala Indoor Stadium, at the National Games Village (NGV) is an important landmark. St.Johns Hospital and College, Jyoti Nivas College and the Indian Institute of Astrophysics are the major educational institutes of the area.
- Banaswadi Hanuman Temple (Between Sri Uma Maheshwari Temple and Bethal Church, northeast five km from center). Constructed in the Dravidian style, attracts a large number of devotees especially on week-ends. It has smaller temples dedicated to Lord Rama, Shiva and Ganapathi within the walled compound.
- Bull Temple, Bull Temple Road, NR Colony, Basavanagudi (South of Dodda Ganeshana Gudi temple). Located in Basavanagudi, it is a typical Dravidian style temple, and is famous for its mammoth bull statue that was carved from a single boulder. Legend has it that the temple was built to appease a marauding bull that stole local crops, and that the offering was effective with the bull subsequently leaving the area. Since then, local farmers have held an annual festival to express their gratitude.
- DakshinaMukhy Nandeeshwara Temple (in the heart of Bengaluru). A very ancient temple. This is on Sampige Road in the Malleshwaram area. The speciality of the temple is that, the natural (mineral) water flows from the mouth of Nandi (naturally) which is above a ShivaLingam, and pours all over the year as Abhishekam by nature itself. This water, after Abhishekam is taken by devotees as medicinal water, believed to cure many diseases. People from all over the world take this water in small containers with a lot of trust and devotion.
- Dodda Ganapathi. One of the oldest temples in Bengaluru, is situated adjacent to the Bull Temple.
- Gavi Gangadeshwara Cave Temple, Gavipuram, Kempegowda Nagar (Right north of Hanumantha Nagar Park, north of Ramanjaneya Temple, in Gavipuram, adjacent to Basavanagudi). 7AM-12:30PM and 5PM-8:30. Built by Kempe Gowda, this temple with four remarkable monolithic pillars is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple also has a rare idol of Agni god of fire. The annual festival is on Makara Shankranti and thousands of devotees flock to see the suns rays fall on the Shivlinga.
- ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Rd (Between M: Mahalakshmi and Sandal Shop stations), ☎ , , fax: +91 80 2357 8625. 3:45AM-8PM. Temple built on a hillock in Rajajinagar atop scenic surroundings, is a perfect blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony. The huge cultural complex was built to promote vedic culture and spiritual learning, and abounds with shops selling devotional items and souvenirs. The annual Krishna and Balarama Rath Yatra is attended by thousands.
- Maha Bodhi Society Temple, No. 14, Kalidas Road, Gandhi Nagar (Northwest rim of Freedom Park). A relatively new structure, with the main shrine built as a replica of the historic stupa at Bodh Gaya. The temple grounds are very peaceful, and visitors are welcome to stroll around. In addition, the temple houses an excellent library of books on Buddhism, many of which are in English.
- Maruthi Mandir. A Hanuman Temple is located just opposite - 5 min drive from ISKCON temple, in the gate of Mahalakshmi Layout. This is a rock hill with huge idols of Hanuman and Mahalakshmi temples. The annual festival of Hanumad Jayanthi during December is very attractive.
- Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Bannerghatta Rd (after Indian Institute of Management, South of Bengaluru.). Beautiful, spacious temple devoted to Sri Meenakshi Amma. Built in ancient style with stone structures, this place is very cool and mind refreshing place to see. You will feel that you are in a temple at Tamilnad, when in this temple.
- Mukti Naga temple. In Bengaluru is world's largest monolithic statue of Lord Naaga, about 16 feet tall and 36 tons of weight. The Mukti Naga temple which is run by Shri Subrahmanya Seva Trust, is situated in a serene ambience of Ramohalli, a village on the outskirts of Bengaluru city.
- Ragi Gudda, Jayanagar 9th block (South of Bengaluru). Is a famous Hanuman temple abode. The temple is situated on a mammoth rocky hill, and has very attractive chain of temples like Spathika Shiva, Ganesha and scenery within the premises. This is a very crowd attracting place during the period of Hanumad Jayanthi in December. You get mahaprasadam meals on Saturday between 12 noon-1PM.
- Shiva Temple (Shiv Mandir), Old Airport Rd (Close to Vishweshwara College and Total Mall?), ☎ . This temple has a massive monolith of Lord Shiva, located in the middle of an artificial pool. There is a cave-like walkthrough behind the statue. It is extremely crowded on the festival of Maha Shivaratri. One can't see or feel any kind of Bhakti in this temple, because at each move inside the temple there will be a person located for collection of money which creates such a disturbance for the concentration on Bhakti. On each step the devotees will be concentrating on the money boxes (Hundi in kannada)/people standing to ask money as offerings. After coming out, one feels as if one has come out of a commercial Shiva temple. So sad to say this. Free entrance, camera ₹25.
- Shree Guruvayurappan Temple (at Nettigere, Bangalore South).
- Sri Raja Rajeshwari Temple (in RajaRajeshwari Nagar, just before Kengeri on Mysore Road). A famous temple dedicated to Goddess Parvathi (RajaRajeshwari). It was built by a renowned spiritual guru, Sri Sri Sri Tiruchi Mahaswaigal. Built in the ancient style with stones, the temple is very spacious. One can feel the peace and satisfaction when visited. Week ends are very crowded.
- Sri Ramakrishna Ashram. There are many Ramakrishna Ashrams in Bengaluru, but the special and central one is in Gandhi Bazaar - the place of temples in Bengaluru. This mutt contains a vast meditating hall, a beautiful park, a vedic school and many more facilities. Sri Sharada Devi had meditated on a location in the park in this boundary. This location is preserved as a monument. A stone on which Swami Vivekananda had sat when he visited Bengaluru is also kept as a monument. This is a calm and peaceful place for the people who enjoy the meditation.
- Vasanthapura (In South Bengaluru. Close to Sai Baba Temple, Eashwara Temple, Anjaneya Temple, off Vasantpur Road). A small hillock with an ancient temple dedicated to Sri Vasantha Vallabharaya Swamy.
- VenkataramanaSwamy Temple, Visveswarapuram district (M: National College half km west,). A fine example of Dravidian architecture. This ancient temple was built by Maharaja Chikka Devaraya Wodeyar and is situated next to the summer palace of Tipu Sultan.
- Holy Trinity Church (at Trinity circle at the east end of the MG Rd). This church is a major landmark in Bangalore. It was built in 1851, for the British Regiment stationed in Bangalore. Built in the English Renaissance style, the church can accommodate 700 people and is regarded as the largest "military" church in southern India. It has a congregation of over 450 families.
- St. Mary's Basilica. It is the oldest church in Bangalore and is the only church in the state that has been elevated to the status of a minor basilica. It is famous for the festivities held during the St. Mary's Feast in the month of September each year, an event that attracts a number of devotees from in and around Bangalore.The basilica has been built in Gothic-style with arches, ornamental motifs and stained glass windows.Multiple columns and tall spires of the basilica can be seen from quite a distance. The stained glass windows were removed during World War II and were subsequently restored in 1947.
- Shelter House Church, Bannerghatta Rd, Arekeres. The service is conducted in English and starts from 9:30AM in the morning.
In Koramangala, The Koramangala Club has sports facilities including Tennis Courts. You can join the Swimming club at the NGV. There are dense tree lined streets as well as well maintained parks, so get out and discover your own patch of greenery. The homes are very well designed and tasteful, its very apparent that this is a posh location. It is a really nice and cozy place to stay.
- Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bangalore Association for Science Education, Sri T. Choudaiah Road, High Grounds (Opposite Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain, Near Raj Bhavan), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 12:30PM - 4:30PM. Going to this very good planetarium is a great experience for adults and children alike. There are multiple shows in Kannada and English, so choose accordingly. Each show is about 30 minutes long. There are about 200 seats available for each show. A ticket can be used only for the show mentioned on the ticket, and is non-refundable if you miss that show. Ticket prices are INR 35 for adults and INR 20 for school students and children (upto 16 years), children below 3 years are not allowed inside the Sky-Theatre. Mondays and second Tuesday are holidays.
- Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum (VITM), Near Kasturba Road. (The museum is situated at Kasturba Road in the sylvan surroundings of Cubbon Park surrounded by stately buildings like Vidhan Soudha, High court etc. It is just 5 kms from City Railway & Bus station.), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 10AM-5:30PM. Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is one of the units of National Council of Science Museums an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. It is open on all days of the year except Ganesha Chathurthi and Deepavali. There are many fun learning activities and exhibitions that can be enjoyed by both adults and children alike. Most of the exhibits are based on simple science but some have industrial applications. There is also a 3D show that can be seen for which you have to pay INR 25 (For general public). For general visitors entry fee is INR 40, but the entry fee varies for different type of visitors (Organised school groups, BPL Category on production of valid BPL card, etc.). Entry to the Museum is free for the army, navy, air-force and police personnel in uniform and the physically challenged and children below 5 years of age.
Outdoor activities and sports
- Adventure Clubs: Bangalore is bestowed with rock climbers, aqua sportsmen and aero sportsmen. There are several clubs including Thrillophilia, Nature Admire, Care, Spark, KMA, Capture, Mars, Angel, Wildcraft and Adventure Works.
- Camping, Savandurga, Gunjoor Lake, Bhimeshwari, Rangaswamy betta.
- Cave exploration, Savandurga, Anthargange, Siddarabetta.
- Cycling. Art of Bicycle Trips organizes bicycle tours in and around Bangalore. The tours combine cycling with Indian art, culture and heritage.
- Hiking, Nandi hills; Rangaswamy betta, Bhimeshwari - Muttati.
- Hill Climbing, Savandurga, Makalidurga, Kavaledurga (Skandagiri), Kabalidurga, Siddarabetta, Nijakal betta.
- Motorbike. Travel on Menu Tours organizes motorbike tours in and around Bangalore.
- Thrillophilia Adventure Tours Pvt. Ltd., 4th Floor, 2628, 27th main, 1st sector, HSR layout, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thrillophilia arranges for adventure tours around Bangalore which includes rappelling, mountain safari, camping, trekking, dirt biking, rafting, jumering, river crossing and quad biking. Micro light flying and paragliding can also be arranged on demand basis. Sep – May is the best season for most of the adventure activities. Prices start from ₹1000 per person.
- Trash Trail, Daily Dump, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. On this journey through the story of waste, you will meet people who silently clean up and transform all the stuff we throw away. In the process, you will visit places you haven't imagined existed!
- Ultimate Frisbee. Although in a nascent stage, Ultimate Frisbee games are held on Tue/Thu/Sat mornings starting 6:30AM. The teams comprise of players of all skill levels.
- Watch a cricket match, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium (near Cubbon Park). Chinnaswamy Stadium is the home ground of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Royal Challengers Bengaluru which is reputed for having a large, loyal, and loud fan following. IPL season typically is between March and May every year, matches are played in the evenings and last around 3 hours. Scour the daily newspapers for ticket information - note that tickets typically get sold out a week before.
Nature and parks
- Visit the beautiful lakes in Bengaluru.
- Ulsoor Lake and Sankey Tank offer an enriching, pleasant experience.
- Bannerghatta National Park
- Lalbagh botanical Garden and lake inside-the lake offers a pleasant view and is home to some water birds
Fairs & exhibitions
- Aero India. Held in the second week of February every alternate year (the next one is in 2017), this is Asia's premier air show. Spanning 5 days but open to the public only on the last 3 days (F-Su), the show at Yelahanka Air Force Base in the northern part of Bangalore comprises a defence exhibition and air show. Fighter jets from around the world are on both, flying and static display. Normally, there are two air shows every day - one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Tickets can be purchased online or at select outlets - scan the newspapers for more information. (Purchasing a ticket at outlets requires you to show a photo identification and tickets are non-transferable. For the 2011 edition, Pakistani nationals were not permitted to register via the website.)
- Chitra Santhe (Paintings market). An annual exhibition, held on the last Sunday of every January, the Chitra Santhe on Kumara Krupa Road (near Golf Course) brings together artists from all across Karnataka. Paintings, pottery, and sculpture are all on an exhibition-cum-sale. The road is closed for traffic on that day, making it possible to have a leisurely stroll, admiring and buying the items. (It is proposed that from 2012, the venue would be shifted to Freedom Park.) Prices range from ₹ 100-20,000. Bargaining is recommended, but not too hard. Pay a fair price. (Credit cards and foreign currency are rarely accepted, so carry sufficient cash in Indian currency).
- Kadlekai Parishe (Peanut fair). Every year, sometime during the months of Nov-Dec, the area around Bull Temple Road in South Bangalore hosts a peanut fair. Centuries ago, the villages in and around this area used to cultivate peanuts and the custom was to dedicate the first crop to Nandi (the Bull at the temple). Although the villages of yore are today residential areas, the tradition continues as peanut farmers congregate to sell their crop. The 2 day traditional fair has many stalls that sell peanuts, trinkets, bangles, pottery, dolls etc. There are also a number of food stalls.
Arts and theatre
- Concerts at Bengaluru Palace Grounds. Check the local listings to see if any concerts are happening. Most international acts happen at Bengaluru Palace Grounds and the venue has hosted Metallica,Rolling Stones, Bryan Adams, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Joe Satriani, Mark Knopfler, Aerosmith, Sting, Uriah Heep, Lamb of God, Megadeth, Machinehead, Scorpions among others.
- Rangashankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, J.P. Nagar, 2nd Phase, ☎ . , Evening shows start at 7:30PM.. Many local groups perform here, although more often shows are presented by traveling groups touring India. Quality of the performances varies, but most plays are worth seeing, especially the ones by Indian playwrights and / or directors, as they can show you an "Indian" (or let's say "non-western") perspective. Shows are in various languages, so it is a good idea to double-check whether the play is in English before buying / reserving (“blocking”) tickets. Tickets cost between ₹ 45–100.
Take in a movie at one of the innumerable theaters around the city. Some multiplexes:
- Cinemax, Bangalore Central, Bellandur.
- Cinepolis, Royal Meenakshi Mall, Bannerghatta Rd.
- Gopalan Cinemas, Arch Mall, Mysore Rd. Gopalan Mall, Mysore Road
- Inox theatre, Bangalore Central, JP Nagar, Fame Cinemas, MG Road, Forum Value Mall, Whitefield, Garuda Mall, Magrath Road, Lido Mall, Ulsoor, Mantri Square, Malleshwaram, Garuda Swagath Mall, Jayanagar.
- PVR Cinemas, Forum Mall, Koramangala, Orion Mall, Malleshwaram, The Phoenix Market City Mall, Whitefield.
- Bangalore Film Society. A club membership (around ₹ 500/year) is typically required for entrance. Foreign film series and cultural events.
Spa & massage
Massage or Prostitution
Beware that many of the "Massage" classifieds in local newspapers may be fronts for prostitution. Prostitution is illegal and if caught in a raid, you may end up spending a night in the cooler before being eligible for bail. Most legitimate spas and massage parlors have detailed websites and are run professionally.
Massages & Spas are very much a part of Bengaluru's east-meets-west culture, new ones spring up across the city all the time.
- The 5th Element, Inner Ring Rd (near Dell office). Spa. All practitioners are from Thailand and offer authentic Thai massage, scrubs, and wraps.
- Aayu Siddhi. Traditional Indian Ayurvedic massage.
- Akaasa. High-end boutique spa.
- Aroma Home Spa, Brookefields, ITPL Main Rd (Near Whitefield). Natural eco-friendly products in use. Hydro therapy massage in addition to therapies suited to individual needs.
- Ayur Sukha (Malleswaram.). Very nice, clean and professional spa in a nice neighborhood. 1 hr basic Ayurvedic treatment (massage and steam) is about ₹ 1,000.
- Kenko Reflexology & Spa. Offers a variety of massages and a fish spa.
- SPA.ce, Cunningham Rd. Run by an expat Brit offers a variety of massages, scrubs, and facials.
In Koramangala, Do your wardrobe shopping at Lifestyle mall at Sony World Junction. Has a really good and fashionable collection of all major brands. There's a huge cosmetics secion at the ground floor. The Croma electronics showroom is situated right opposite to Lifestyle mall. eZone, Reliance Digital, Pai, Sony, Panasonic etc. electronics showrooms are all located within the kilometre from here. So this is the ideal location if you want to do a survey before making your next expensive LCD/LED TV purchase. You can do your grocery at Nature's Basket or Spar, More, FoodWorld, options are huge, all on the 80 ft Road. At the 1st block you can find grocery shops more suited for the local residents, if you want it the traditional way! Forum mall is very famous and sort of a nerve cantre of the area. It has the PVR Cinema hall as well as KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut restaurants. Landmark book shop is one of the biggest books/magazines outlet. Crosswords is also located near the Masjid, near Aiyappa Swamy temple, Madiwala.
Bengaluru provides a wide range of options for shoppers. One can buy many things ranging from clothing to electronic goods and vehicles. Being an IT city, Bengaluru provides all kind of services but one might find things to be costlier.
Many visitors come to Bengaluru searching only for sandalwood carvings and silk saris and so miss out on the true Bengaluru shopping experience. Here is a low down on shopping - Bengaluru style:
- The UB City and Vittal Mallya Road are Page-3 shopping areas. You'll find brands like Versace, Louis Vuitton, Kimaya in the UB City. Vittal Mallya Road's got shopping places like The Collective which is a shop only for men, too bad!. Armani, Versace, Boss, you name it they have it. There's even Canary Blue and Esprit on the same road.
- The M.G Road/Brigade Road area is the most popular place for tourists, and these two roads are filled with shops of every kind, whether it be traditional handicrafts or the latest western wear (this is especially true for Brigade Road).
- Bannerghatta Road, newly improved. You have 'Grasshopper,' a space that exhibits clothing designs from the most experimental designers in India and also showcases other ideas - lighting design, products, theatre, music - an open space for expression! If that's too boring, you can keep driving and you have a thousand ways that you can take to enjoy the wildlife and the myriad reservoirs strewn across the area - you can still find your very own private haven. Enjoy
- Brigade Road used to be where British soldiers bought their necessities. Today Brigade Road is the centre of yuppie Bengaluru; you'll see hordes of college students on the road anytime of day or night. Some of the stores on Brigade Road include: Planet M (a huge music store with everything),Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Phillipe, Pepe Jeans, Levis,Lee, SanFrisco Jeans, Nike, Titan (great Indian made watches) just to name a few.
There are also many eateries on the road and on the side roads that lead off of Brigade road, so that you can refuel yourself for shopping. There are your fast food outlets: KFC (right at the entrance), Pizza Hut at the other end of the road and many cafes including the Indian Coffee Chain Cafe Coffee Day. Also includes a tattoo studio.
- Commercial Street a legacy of the British is another shopping mecca that sells international brands (similar to Brigade road) alongside locally produced items. Commercial Street has more of a bazaar feel than Brigade Road. In addition, it is famous for its body piercing centers. The price of goods here is very competitive and it is a great place to pick a bargain.
Malls and markets
Go shopping at one of Bengaluru's many malls and traditional markets. Malls typically have high(er)-end stores retailing apparel, footwear, and consumer electronics. Many malls also have food courts (with international cuisine) and movie theatres. Finding a parking spot for your car may not be easy though, especially on weekends. Some of the more popular malls in Bengaluru are:
- Bengaluru Central. Opened around the same as the Forum, Bengaluru Central is more of a large department store than a mall with separate retailers.
- Forum Mall. The Forum on Hosur road is in the upmarket suburb of Koramangala, fast becoming a key shopping hub in Bengaluru. It is the largest mall in Bengaluru, covering an area of 650,000 ft² (60,000m²) of retail space. Again like other shopping areas, you can find anything at the Forum, high international brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Swarovski crystals to traditional Indian Khadi clothing at the Khadder. Other brands with outlets include: United Colours of Bennetton (much cheaper here than in the west), Pepe Jeans U.K, William Penn, Wrangler Jeans, Weekender and of course Nike. The Forum incorporates the clothing from international brands as well as haute couture boutiques including: Mustard, Isis, B and the Chai shop. For books head straight to Landmark and huge store has everything from books to perfumes and music. On the top floor of the mall you will find a PVR multiplex comprising 11 cinemas. For eating there is everything, Fast food (KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Subway) Cafe Coffee Day and a food court with world cuisines including: Chinese, Vietnamese, Mexican and Italian and Indian. Not to be missed is the Indian cuisine at Sahib Sindh Sultan and the British style pub, Firangi Pani. So that is a forum for all your shopping needs under one roof. Its just a must see, especially the outside.
- Garuda Mall. Located on the corner of McGrath and Commissariat Roads, is the newest and the second largest mall in Bengaluru.
- Gandhi Bazaar (in the heart of Basavangudi). One of the oldest shopping areas in Bangalore, Gandhi Bazaar stretches for a short kilometer or so, bordered on both sides by shops selling everything from saris and clothes to plastics and kitchen utensils, fronted by vegetable and fruit stalls. Do not forget to visit Vidyarthi Bhavan whenever you come here for this is the best South Indian restaurant in Bangalore selling the most heavenly dosas.
- Jayanagar Shopping Complex. From antique Jewellery (the famous Bhavani's, the more recent Kushal's, The Gallery), the authentic gold jewellery stores, saree stores (Kalamandir, Kalaniketan, Mysore Silk Udyog), sweetmeat stores (Sri Krishna Sweets, Arya Bhavan), classic Iyengar bakeries, dress stores (Paridhan, Rangoli, Bafna's, Vinayaka Collections), through to fresh vegetables, fruits, meat and butter.
- Lifestyle. A two-story store on Victoria Road in the heart of the new mall shopping district with malls like Garuda Mall, Bengaluru Central and Globus, all within easy walking distance and was one of the most coveted stores until the malls came along. It's an easy place to go shopping when you don't want too many options to confuse you or when you're tired and don't want to visit too many shops- you can get everything under one roof here. Good for clothes, cosmetics, watches, jewelry, shoes etc. You also get stylish furniture and other home and living items for a decent price.
- Mantri Square. It is located in Malleswaram.
- Marathahalli Main Road and Factory Outlets. Located a distance from central Bengaluru (although not difficult to reach), is Marathahalli (a village in a previous life). The main road of this suburb is now a haven for factory outlets for all major brands: Nike, Adidas, Pepe Jeans, Killer Jeans, Louis Phillipe, Levi's, Reebok etc. You can expect prices here to be cheaper than in the Malls, at least 20-30% price difference but can be up to 50% cheaper when it comes to some of the major denim brands. As if India wasn't cheap enough. Although this is the best place to go to for factory outlet shopping, there are smaller factory outlets scattered across the city. Also look out for sales held by the major brands to get rid of end of season stock (again end of summer or end of monsoon), these are usually advertised in newspapers or look for signs posted on major roads.
- Metro shopping mall (near Yeshwanthpur railway station and ISKCON temple).
- Safina Plaza. The sale capital of Bengaluru, located on Infantry Road. Every week there is sale going on of any type. One week it might be home furnishings and the next men's wear. Good place to find some bargains. Many exhibitions are also held here, although there are retailers (Dockers, Lee Jeans, Titan too name a few) here too. So for quiet shopping come here (much less crowded than the other malls). Its best to visit during end of season sales (summer, monsoon) or during festivals (New Year, Christmas, Ganesh Chaturthi).
- Sampige Road, Malleswaram. Sampige Road is the heart of Malleswaram and connects Sheshadripuram to IISc. Sampige Road is around 2 km, has a wide range of shops that sells books, electronic items, silk sarees, handicrafts, cloth materials, Hindu pooja materials, sweets and all the trivial things you can buy on earth. Also try Malleswaram 8th cross on Sampige road (aptly named Brigade Road of Malleswram) for a vibrant shopping experience. Sampige Road is also home to best flower market and fruits market in Bengaluru. If you are tired of going to individual shops you can go for the best departmental stores in Bengaluru like Fabmall, Foodworld and Nilgiris.
- Apart from the malls one should not forget to visit Commercial street, Brigade Road which are excellent shopping and hanging out places.
- The traditional markets have mom-and-pop stores that sell everything from fruits, vegetables, groceries to electronics, music, and mobile phones. The city's largest vegetable and fruit market is in the heart of the city and is called KR Market or City Market. Smaller but more lively traditional markets can be found in residential areas such as Gandhi Bazaar, N R Colony, Banashankari, Malleswaram, Jayanagar, JP Nagar & Shivajinagar.
- C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons (Diamond Flagship Store), 2-1 Main Cross Rd (next to Safina Plaza), ☎ . 14,000 sq ft dedicated to the finest gold and diamond jewellery, spread over two floors.
- C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons-The Heritage Store, 35 & 36 Commercial St, ☎ . Dedicated to gold and silver.
- Giantti Luxury Ensemble (at Shop No. C9, Level 2, The Leela Palace), ☎ . Diamond & gold jewellery along with silver articles and idols.
- The Cauvery Arts & Crafts Emporium, 45 MG Rd, ☎ . A large store, offering a wide selection of some of Karnataka's best hand made products. The carvings made of Mysore sandalwood are an especially good buy.
- Central Cottage Industries Emporium (CCIE), MG Rd. A government run store promoting traditional Indian hand crafts. The CCIE has major outlets in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai.
- Chandi - The Divine Gallery, MG Rd (Shop No. 12, First Floor, Public Utility Building), ☎ . Specialising in Indian divine figures in all mediums. Claims to have the biggest collection of Ganeshas in Bengaluru. High-quality and locally-priced wares, no pushy salesmanship.
- Kala Madhyam Store', 2nd floor, Flat No 2, Benson Town #77/8, Nandidurg Rd (Benson Cross Rd corner), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Folk and tribal art paintings, handicrafts from across India, clothing for women. Specialises in wall murals of folk and tribal art as well as terracotta.
- Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation, 45 K.S.H.D.C Complex, MG Rd, ☎ . Specialises in Karnataka handicraft.
- Royal Arts & Crafts, ☎ . 21 K.H. Rd. Has a particularly wide selection of silk carpets and paper mache products.
- Axis Books, 330/9 Axis Rd (Domlur Inner Ring Rd. Domlur Layout. Near Indira Nagar Flyover), ☎ . Started by one of the members of the Gangarams family. They stock books, stationery, multimedia, movies, and toys.
- Blossoms, Church St (parallel to MG Rd and nearby Coconut Grove Restaurant), ☎ . There are 3 full floors of those rare, hard to find old books. All 2nd hand, good condition and at low rates.
- Bookport, Casa Andree II, Ist floor, No 18/3, Andree Rd (near Yellamma Dassappa Hospital, Shanti Nagar), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. They stock hand picked books on art, literature, philosophy, gender&sexuality, film, feminism, current critical thinking, fiction, travel. Also do art & literature events.
- The Bookworm (in one of the by-lanes perpendicular to Brigade Rd, near McDonalds). This is a small used book store. Good bargains on used and new books are available here.
- Crossword, Residency Rd (ACR Towers, opp. Gateway Hotel), ☎ . A hot spot for books of various genres combined with seating areas, spacious racks- music and movie section, children's section and a coffee shops; this proves to be a wonderful hangout to read, browse and shop.
- Elloor Library, Blue Cross Chambers, Infantry Rd (close to Commercial St). A circulating library that has a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, including new titles. Requires membership which includes a deposit.
- Fusion Rental. Online renting of books & movies. Vast collection of both books & movies at one place. Free pick up & delivery all over Bengaluru.
- Gangarams Indiranagar, 330/9 Axis Road Domlur Inner Ring Rd. Domlur Layout. Near Indira Nagar Flyover, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 10AM-8PM Monday to Sunday. Open from Monday to Sunday. A wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, including textbooks and professional works, Stationery, Multimedia, Movies, Toys, Art Material and Gifts.
- Gangarams Mg road, Triumph Tower, 2nd Floor, 48 Church St (Opposite High Gates Hotel and Mainland China. Church Street is parallel to Mahatma Gandhi ("MG") Road), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Open from Monday to Saturday. A wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, including textbooks and professional works.
- Goobes Book Republic, 46-1-1 Church St, Karnataka (in the basement of Church Street Inn, Budget Hotel, near MG Rd,), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Secondhand and new books on a wide variety of subjects and a very cost effective library option and buy back used books.
- Higginbothams, 68 MG Rd, ☎ . This bookstore has a good selection of maps, postcards, guides and novels.
- Landmark, Luskar Hosur Rd, Koramangala (in Forum Mall), ☎ . A modern bookshop. A good place to pick up the most recent publications. Various household appliances; CDs and DVDs of music albums, computer and video games (the quality varying from time-to-time) and movies can also be found on the next floor.
- Oxford Book Store (At the Leela Galleria, next to Hotel Leela Palace). Has some of the latest collection of books and magazines but, doesn't offer any discounts. It has a Chai Bar attached offering 69 blends of tea.
- Premier Book Shop, 46/1 Church St (off MG Rd), ☎ . Is a venerable Bengaluru institution that has books on every conceivable subject literally stacked from floor to ceiling. Although the store may appear to be utterly chaotic, the owner knows where every piece of his stock lies - just be careful with those elbows, a slight nudge and the whole place will come tumbling down. This store however, will shut down shortly.
- Sapna Book House, 3rd Main Rd, near Kamat Yatri Nivas, Gandhi Nagar (Walking distance from Majestic Bus stand). This is a large bookstore, they also have branches in three other locations Sadashivnagar, Jayanagar, and Indiranagar. Sapna Book House also provides online book delivery.
- Select Bookshop, Brigade Rd (off Brigade Rd Behind Curzon Court Hotel). Used to be the only old bookstore. Mr Murthy, who runs the bookstore, is one of the most knowledgeable people. His grandfather started the bookstore. He also has a collection of lithographs, stained glass paintings and collectors copies of antique books.
- The Strand book stall, Dickenson Rd (1st Floor, Manipal Centre), ☎ . Best known for the latest releases in art, design, architecture and all at good prices.
- Streelekha, 33/1-9, Thyagaraja Layout, Jaibharath Nagar, ☎ . This is a great bookstore to explore the feminist literature and activism that is being produced in India, as well as other texts on the research and work of Indian NGOs. The atmosphere is relaxing and inviting.
- Tata Book House. At the Indian Institute of Science, Malleswaram. Has a large collection of technical books, on which it offers a flat 20 percent discount. Lots of books in a small place. Also worth visiting just because it is in IISc.
Apart from the numerous malls that have taken Bengaluru by storm, the essential element and soul of the city comes through in its myriad small and unique boutiques that are all over the city, usually tucked away though. Have tried to list the must check out stores.
- Arnav, ☎ . The quaint little jewellery store located at Ashoka Pillar, Jayanagar makes for very interesting jewellery buys, a range of antique, restored, contemporary and fusion jewellery are on display. They could help you design a piece of jewellery to suit your needs, an in-house jewellery consultant could help you choose your jewellery.
- Aura Creations, Shop No.3, Plot No. 2 Nandagokula Layout, Shampura Main Rd, ☎ . Designer Boutique with exclusive dress materials.
- Chilli Billi, ☎ . Great for women's westernwear', especially the dresses, good collection of bags, shoes and jewellery. They also offer home decor solutions.
- Levitate-InDiA in A RooM, 100 Ft. Rd, ☎ , e-mail: , email@example.com. Silver & costume handcrafted Jewellery, Bohemian apparel, Indian kitsch, lifestyle accessories.
- Mahendra Textiles, ☎ . Sarees and dress materials from Surat, Mumbai, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Varanasi, Kerela and Srilanka.
- Marmalade, Magrath Rd (Adj to Spratt Salon. Left before Coffee Day, on Brigade Rd Extn), ☎ . Loads of affordable young designer wear.
- Native Place (Behind Museum Rd Post Office, Museum road). Loads of interesting merchandise, crafts made by NGOs, c/o The Only Place Restaurant.
- Necessary Evil, 12th A main, HAL 2nd stage, Indiranagar, ☎ . Casual luxury has finally reached Bengaluru with the opening of it's newest concept store. Necessary Evil will be offering shoppers the latest international brands such as 7 For All Mankind, Splendid and Alice+Olivia. Some of which are in India for the first time. They also offer and exclusive line of fine jewellery and home furnishings. This is definitely a space not to miss - so come see, be seen and get fabulous call in advance for a personal shopping experience.
- One G, ☎ . (Jewellery) Hatworks Boulevard, Cunningham Rd.
- President's Groom Concepts, B.v.k.iyengar Rd and Kamraj Rd, ☎ . Two Menswear fashion stores, established 25 years. Fine fabrics for made-to-order and a large ready-to-wear collection. Bespoke suits and made to order clothing including tuxedos, business wear to traditional Indian kurtas and sherwanis.
- Sakhi by Chandras, 6th main, HAL 2nd stage, Indiranagar, ☎ . Combines traditional fabrics and craftsmanship with contemporary themes. Sakhi’s sarees, salwars and kurtis combine kanchivaram, tussar, chiffon, georgette, crêpe, organza and cotton with traditional techniques such as cut work, block print, kalamkari, badla, mirror work, chamki (sequins) and embroidery in a mélange of colours.
- Stritva near ITPL, 294, 8th main, BEML Layout, ITPL Main Rd, ☎ . Sells readymade salwar suit / kameez, kurtas, dress material, sarees and nightwear. The store has a good collection at good prices.
Music and movies
- Habitat. "Movies and Music", Church Street, Off Brigade Road is tiny compared to other retail music/movie stores, but its a delight for lovers of good music especially Jazz. Has an excellent and varied selection of DVDs for rent as well, though membership is currently closed.
- The Art of Living, Art of Living International Center ,Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth,21st Km, Kanakapura Road,Udayapura, ☎ , e-mail: , , firstname.lastname@example.org. The campus is also the focal point of many service projects such as rural development and education, organic farming initiatives, scientific research into the benefits of ‘Sudarshan Kriya®’ While at the ashram, one cannot miss the Satsangs that are held every evening. Satsangs are gatherings where scattered minds unite through music, meditation, and wisdom to experience a higher state of consciousness. People from all over the world who know different languages participate in the singing of bhajans, or the repetitive chanting of a word or a verse.
- ISKCON, ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna-Chandra Temple,Hare Krishna Hill,Chord Rd, ☎ , , fax: +91 80-23578625. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple in Bangalore city is huge cultural complex that was inaugurated in 1997 to carry out the vision of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON to promote Vedic culture and spiritual learning. ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna-chandra Mandir, in Bangalore attracts visitors from different parts of the world and it offers a truly commendable experience to visitors and devotees from a spiritual, architectural and general perspective. The ISKCON temple is more than a place of rituals.
- Choe Khor Sum Ling, Ashwini, No. 24, 1st Floor, Domlur Layout, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. This Tibetan Buddhist meditation and study centre is in Domlur Layout near Shanti Sagar Restaurant on Airport Road. CKSL is a center for the study and practice of Mahayana Buddhism following the lineage and example of Lord Buddha. The Centre, whose name means 'The Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma' was founded in 2003 by Lama Zopa Rinpoche under the guidance of HH the XIVth Dalai Lama. The Centre offers courses in various Buddhist meditation techniques and teachings on different aspects of Buddhism. Teachings are offered free to the public and are conducted in English or in Tibetan (with translation in English). In addition to regular teachings, every few weeks the Centre invites senior Lamas to give talks on important aspects of the Buddhist path. Such talks are also accompanied by instructions and initiations by the Lama into different meditation practices.
- Maha Bodhi Society, 14 Kalidasa Road, Gandhinagar, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. This temple has a very active schedule. There are teachings on the Dharma in English on the first two and last Sundays of every month from 9:30-11:30AM, while on the 3rd Sunday there is a meditation retreat. Anyone is welcome to attend. The temple also has a good library and a beautiful garden - a great place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis outside.
- Thubten Lekshey Ling (Dharma Subhashita), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist meditation centre founded by the late His Holiness Pema Norbu (Penor) Rinpoche. The centre is located close to MG Road on Ulsoor road, just on the side of Manipal Centre. The centre conducts meditation classes, spiritual discourses and advanced study programs. Weekend teachings in meditation and philosophy are offered by lamas from Namdroling Monastery, Bylakupee.
The best way to find employment in Bangalore is through job fairs, job portals, applying directly to companies of interest, and through headhunters.
Being referred as Silicon Valley of India, the city provides plethora of employment opportunities to youngsters from different corners of India.
Non-Indian Citizen Employment Regulation
Indian regulations may require that any foreign national who is employed in India earn at least US $25,000/year. This is exempted for (a) Ethnic chefs, (b) Language teachers (other than English language teachers) / translators and (c) Staff working for Embassy/High Commissions. Check your compensation offer so that you meet this requirement and are eligible for an employment visa. Some foreign nationals are employed at salaries less than this, though, typically in the NGO sector.
With a little hard work and persistence finding a job is quite possible in Bangalore. Most of the available positions are in the IT field but not necessarily IT based. Several expats do marketing, quality assurance, accent training and translation among other things. All jobs in India require an employment visa which must be obtained abroad and sponsored by the hiring company in India. In general, the salary for expats is very high compared to the local Indian wage. The best resource for jobs is through the expat community. Ask around but a good place to meet expats is the Sunday brunches at the 5 Star hotels or at the numerous coffee shops in and around the MG Road area.
Bengaluru is far from the sea, and as such the quality of seafood can vary. Some of the higher end and popular seafood places manage this well, but foreign travellers may want to tread a bit carefully. Foreigners might want to only drink bottled water and eat only chutneys that are made with bottled or filtered water. Also, beef is forbidden to be given in Karnataka restaurants.
The 80 ft. Road is the Eat Street of Koramangala. PizzaHut, Domino's, KFC, Taco Bell, Au Bon Pain are all to be found over here! There are various other restaurants serving local/ Indian cuisine. Chandni Chowk is one great opition if you like the rural Punjabi dhaba ambience. Wisdom Cafe, near the AlienWare showroom is a really cosy place o have some snacks or lunch. So is the Hole in The Wall cafe, located on the back street behind Maharaja Hotel. Serves great coffee and English breakfast. So does Cafe Terra, near Wipro park crossing. Adjacent to it is a really popular food join called Little Home. Serves nice North Indian style food at a very reasonable price.Is really popular with the young working populace. Naturals Ice cream parlour is a hit with the hip crowd, on weekend nights you may find queues outside.
Bengaluru literally has hundreds of fast food joints serving South Indian vegetarian food. They usually are identified with small round steel tables and diners standing around them having food. Dosas, idlis, vada's, curd rice, Vegetable Pulao, rice with sambar, lemon rice are usually standard fare. Quality widely varies, since most of them cater to working people.
- The Adiga's chain. Restaurants to the south of Bengaluru. Prominent among them are in: Jayanagar 4th Block, take the road facing BHS First Grade College, Basavanagudi.
- Adiga's Park 585, 10th Main, 42nd cross, 5th Block Jayanagar.
- Adiga's Foodline, 502, 40th Cross, 8th block.
- Adiga's Delicacy, 105 Dickenson's road, Manipal Centre.
- Adiga's Majestic, (next to Fkcci Bldg), KG Rd.
- Adiga's Nalapaka, (across from HSBC Complex), Bannerghatta, Arikere.
- Anupams Coastal Express, Shivanand Circle. They make fantastic fish dishes. Neer Dosa with Chicken Pulimunchi, kori roti and chicken ghee roast are some things you really cannot miss.
- Brahmin's Coffee Bar (off ShankarMutt in Shankarapuram, Basavanagudi). Famous for idly, vada and Its famous chutney. You also get khaarabath. Don't expect sambar for vada here.
- Central Tiffin Room (CTR), Margosa Rd, Malleswaram. Another landmark hotel, dishing out some divine 'Benne masala dosa', which literally melts in the mouth.
- Coconut Grove, Church St. Appams and Kerala parottas with a chicken sauce dish. Their lunch offer for ₹ 80 is also really good. A pretty good choice for reasonably priced quality seafood. Coco-Grove the outdoor 'beer cafe' extension is also worth a look.
- Corner House, Residency Rd, BTM Rd, Koramangala, Airport Rd, Whitefield Rd, Marthahalli and Shivananda Circle, ☎ . One of the best ice cream parlours offering a variety of treats. Their famed 'Death by Chocolate' (popularly known as DBC) is a must for all chocolate lovers and has attained a cult status. Can be tricky to find a spot during peak times and you may find yourself being 'encouraged' by the staff to leave quickly once you do.
- Fanoos (adjoining Johnson Market, off Brigade Rd). One of the joints for getting Sheekh (beef) rolls in Bengaluru. They come in various sizes- sheekh roll, sheekh jumbo, sheekh mambo, sheekh rambo and sheekh sambo- the latter of which is almost 2 in thick. There are other options like chicken, mutton and paneer rolls as well as kababs and shawarma. ₹ 30-100 per head.
- Hotel Empire (Other locations on Centre Street and Koramangala), Church St (Next to Museum Inn'). 10AM-3PM. Indian, Chinese, and Middle eastern cuisine until late night. Try butter chicken, chicken kababs and parathas.is the best place for non veg as well as veg food resonably priced
- Hotel Janatha, 8th Cross Rd, Malleswaram. Makes some of the best vada sambhar and masala dosa in town.
- Janani, J.P.Nagar. A great place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can have idli and sambar for ₹ 10 and a cup of tea for ₹ 8, a north Indian roti curry for ₹ 32. If you want to have good Punjabi food, go upstairs and get a good meals under ₹ 150.
- Java, ☎ . G block of Diamond District apartment complex in Kodalli on the old Airport Rd. A hidden gem that serves buffet lunch and dinner for ₹ 150 on weekdays, ₹ 250 on weekends (prices 2008). The buffet consists of both North and South Indian dishes and caters to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Reasonably priced (₹ 90-120 entree) a-la-carte selection is available outside of lunch and dinner hours.
- Kanti Sweets. KG Rd, Majestic, Malleswaram Circle, RT Nagar. Very good samosas, kachoris and North Indian sweets like rasmalai. Rapidly expanding chain, so there are plenty of branches all over the city now, which serve parathas and other food items as well. The main branch in Majestic is the best, and serves only samosas, kachoris and sweets. ₹ 10-50 per head.
- KC Das. This is a chain of Bengali sweets stores.shop in Bengaluru. The one on Church St is perhaps the most visible and famous but there are outlets on Coles Rd, BTM Layout.
- Kohinoor, Brigade Rd. Serves very reasonably priced Kerala Muslim style food.
- Lake View Milk Bar, MG Rd, ☎ . Excellent ice creams, club sandwiches and burgers.
- Mavalli Tiffin Room (MTR), 11 Lal Bagh Rd, ☎ . , One of the very old traditional breakfast places in Bengaluru. A few people who have been having their breakfast at MTR everyday for the past 15 yrs. Closed between 2:45-3:30PM. Expect a long wait on weekends. Traditional 12 course Karnataka lunches are also available here for around ₹ 90 per head. Advance reservations recommended at weekends. Rava idlis, dosas and bisi bele bath are excellent. It has maintained it's quality over the years and is very famous. It is on the road perpendicular to Lal bagh main gate.
- Nandini. The Andhra fast food chain serves some excellent biriyani and chicken dishes.
- New Shanti Sagar, 80 Foot Rd. This is an reasonably reliable chain of vegetarian south Indian restaurants. Branches scattered all over the city, notably in Koramangala Jayanagar, Domlur. ₹ 50-200.
- Richies, MM Rd (Off Mosque Rd). Serves the kind of biryani that is the Bengaluru original. It is located midway on MM Rd, and hard to miss because of the crowds that throng its takeaway counter. One visits Richies only for the food—tables and chairs made of synthetic wood, and dim light from gaudy chandeliers don’t exactly make for great ambiance. A motley bunch of diners cram the place for lunch and dinner (they have only recently built the 2nd and 3rd floors). The biryani here is delicious, and you must love meat to love Richies. The menu is limited; but the mutton and chicken biryani stand out and they are not flavoured with the same masala, or heaven forbid, rice, their kababs are something nice and unique too.
- Savera Tea Shop. 24 hr tea shops near Russell Market in Shivajinagar and on MG Rd. Good place to go for a cup of tea in the dead of the night. Serves tea, Suleimani (honey+lemon) tea and a variety of biscuits. ₹ 3-15
- Shettara Beedi (food street). The entire street adjoining the famous VB Bakery at V V Puram is Bengaluru's miniature version of Kuala Lumpur's Jalan Alor foodstalls. A haven for anyone who enjoys hawker fare, one can stall-hop and have a variety of snacks that'll satisfy even the most ravenous hunger and spend less than ₹ 100 in total. Some of the must-try dishes are dum-root and butter-bun congress at VB Bakery. The dosas, obbattu (sweet pancake), akkirotti (rice pancake), fried bondas, butter-gulkand, and masala-pepsi available at the various stalls are also delicious. Note that the street comes alive only in the evenings (after 6PM) and that only vegetarian fare is available here.
- Shezan, Lavelle Rd and Cunningham Rd, ☎ . , Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines with a good menu choice where beef, fish, prawn, mutton and chicken meat are available. Excellent steaks.
- Shiv Sagar, Narayan Pillai St (off Commercial St), ☎ . Don't get put off by the location, It's a great place to eat.
- SLV chain. Prominent among them are located in: Banashankari 2nd stage, opposite BDA park and the one in J.P.Nagar 2nd Phase near Ragigudda Temple
- Sree Krishna. Fast food a little further from the road connecting Lalbagh Westgate with Basavanagudi.
- Udupi Garden, 16th Main BTM Layout. Simple Udupi restaurant. Serves very good south Indian dishes at nominal prices. Also serves north Indian food.
- Upahara Darshini, DVG Rd, Basavanagudi. Another of Bengaluru's new found Darshinis dishing out top notch masala dosa and Vada Sambhar.
- Veena Stores, Margosa Rd, 15 Cross, Malleswaram. This place has some of the best Idlis and Vadas in this part of the world. They also make other dishes but Idli and Vada are mainstay. Don't expect to sit and eat because there is no seating. Stand and eat. Best time to go is mornings for breakfast before they run out of the day's stock. Try before 8AM although they are open some part of the day and evening.
- Vidhyarthi Bhavan (off Gandhi Bazar in Basavanagudi). A gastronomic haven offering some of the best masala dosa in the world. This quaint little place is so famous that it has not even bothered to change it's age old sign board, and who needs it anyway, the aroma wafting through the air is a good enough indication that you are in the vicinity of the place. Get there early for a breakfast, there's always a bee-line for places to sit.
- 100ft Restaurant, 100 Foot Rd. Indra Nagar. Westernised cooking, but notably better than any other pasta serving restaurant in the area. The restaurant is a bit of a hybrid of store/restaurant. ₹ 300-500.
- Alibaba Cafe & Restaurant, ☎ . Frazer Town. Arabian, Persian and Bhatkali cuisine described as "An Arabian Lake in the Indian Ocean". A themed restaurant with the feel of Arabia, Persia and India. The "Shaiya Biryani" of the Bhatkali cuisine, the Al faham chicken barbeque out of the Arabian cuisine and the chicken Jujeh kabab from the Persian cuisine are all recommended.
- Caesar's Restaurant, MG Rd. Indian and continental food. Ambiance is good though the food is tad expensive. Parking is a problem.
- Canopy, PU Building, M.G. Rd. Open air, multi-cuisine North-Indian food. Cooking techniques date back to the independence era offering the unique taste. Great outdoor ambiance in the middle of the central business district. ₹ 125-750
- Ebony, MG Rd (on the 13th floor of the tallest building on MG Rd, Utility building). Stylish eatery with excellent evening views of the city. Service is a bit slow, but the ambiance makes it worth the wait. Book ahead for a terrace seat. ₹ 200-400
- The Egg Factory, St.Marks Rd, ☎ . Multi-cuisine, The menu, as the name suggests, is all based on the indispensable 'egg. Its also modelled on a factory with functional chairs and a menu that looks like an instruction manual. Its open for all day dining. Egg dishes from all over the world, including omelttes, scrambles, French toast, curries, sub's, pasta & desserts. Don't miss the fantastic huevos rancheros here, they make it as good as in Mexico. Innovative drinks, try the Chlorophyll Fix, it looks and sounds weird, but tastes like heaven. Highly relaxed service.
- Grill Maximus, 17th cross 4 main HSR Layout. Famous for the Mediterranean cuisine.Also serve Arabian Indian and Italian Food. Only A la carte menu is available. ₹ 200-500
- Koshy's, St. Marks Rd (Below Church St). A Bengaluru institution, serving a smattering of Western favorites (like fish and chips) along with the usual South Indian fare in a bohemian-for-India atmosphere. On weekends, they serve up greasy Western-style breakfast, including omelettes and Bombay (i.e, French) Toast. Appam and stew is their Sunday breakfast special and a must eat. Turn right at the entrance for the more expensive (and decidedly less charming) A/C room. ₹ 50-200. Smoky, with sluggish service, and not particularly clean Koshy's still has plenty of character and history but its getting harder to justify their skyrocketing prices.
- Little Italy, 100 Foot Rd. Indiranagar. A chic Italian vegetarian restaurant, faddish and over priced. Sometimes the staff switch off A/C if the tables are less than half-filled.
- Mainland China, Church St (Near Museum Rd), ☎ . , Upscale Chinese food. Good, fairly authentic food and excellent service. Serves a decent lunch buffet. Also new outlet on 100ft Road, Indiranagar. ₹ 500-800.
- Pinxx, Manipal centre (off MG Rd). A great place for Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet. ₹ 200-400 per head.
- Le Rock Pub Cafe, Rest House Rd (Off Brigade Rd), ☎ . Hot coffee to chilled Kingfisher beer on the tap awesome cocktails and even hand rolled Havana cigars. Salads, sandwiches, jacket baked potatoes to entrees. LRC also offers an Oxy Bar Bengaluru's first.
- Sahib Sindh Sultan, Level 2, Forum Mall, Hosur Rd, Koramangala, ☎ . Train-themed restaurant with a delicious, upscale menu. It is supposed to showcase NWFP. Their kakori kebabs are excellent. It also serves wine with the food. Expect a long wait. Or book ahead and roam around the mall or grab a few drinks from the adjoining Firangi Paani. ₹ 150-500
- Samarkand, Gem Plaza, 66, Infantry Rd (East of Central St), ☎ . North West frontier food (i.e., kebabs, Afghani) in a kitschy atmosphere but the food is great. You will need to book on weekends. ₹ 300-600.
- Sue's Food Place, Krishna Temple Rd, Indira Nagar. A Caribbean style restaurant run by Sue (Susan John from Trinidad and Tobago). It has an excellent buffet. Their Jamaican jerk chicken, salads and desserts are lovely. A la carte menu is available on certain days. ₹ 200-500
- Bengaluru, La Classic Hotel Extraordinaire, Plot# 158, Yadavanahalli, Hosur Main road, Attibele (Opp. Applicomp(India) Ltd.), ☎ . , The only fine dining multi-cuisine restaurant, outside Electronic City and on the way to Hosur caters to buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner apart from a selection from an international menu.
- Blue Ginger, Taj West End, Race Course Rd. High-end Vietnamese restaurant with, a beautiful setting and excellent food. Just next door to Blue Bar.
- Cafe Mozaic, 41/3 MG Rd (in the Taj Residency). Western-style dining in a casual atmosphere with some pool-side seating. Sundays before 15:30, there is an all-you-can-eat/drink champagne brunch for ₹1,000.
- Grasshopper, 45 Kalena Agrahara, Bannerghata Rd, ☎ . , Freshly prepared seven course meal served on the table. Reservation required. Closed on Mondays.
- Graze, Taj Residency, MG Rd. Has some of the best creative continental you will get in Bengaluru.
- I.Talia, Park Hotel, Opposite 1 MG, Old Madras Rd. Has the best Italian food in town
- Karavalli, Residency Rd (at the Gateway Hotel), ☎ . Mangalorean, Goa, Karwar, and Kerala style cuisine. Best Indian food you will get when visiting BLR.
- Leela Palace. All-you-can-eat/drink brunch on Sunday is ₹ 2,000. They have 4 restaurants, Citrus Lounge (Brasserie kitchen), Zen (Pan Asian), Library Bar (serves all cuisine) and Jamavar (Authentic Indian). Generally overpriced compared to the Taj outlets (Blue Ginger, Graze, Karavalli)
- Monsoon, Park Hotel, Old Madras Rd (Next to Taj Residency). 24 hr cafe with a variety of Continental Dishes, Indian, South East Asian and Mediterranean. Ideal location for private parties.
- Olive Beach, Wood St. A long time favourite that will serve you Italian meats and cheese in a nice setting, this is still among Bengaluru's best.
- The Raj Pavilion, ITC Windsor Manor, Golf Course Rd.. 24/7 restaurant that offers the taste of the British Raj. Anglo-Lucknowi, Far East and Continental cuisine is served. Amongst the best in Bengaluru.
- Sunny's, 34 Vittal Mallya Rd (at Embassy Diamante), ☎ . , Among the best restaurants in Bengaluru. Try the starters, salads and pasta is fine here. Hot sandwiches for lunch. Also has a branch at Indira Nagar. About ₹1,200 for a 3-course meal for two, excluding drinks.
- Kadambam, Bull Temple Road, near Ramakrishna Ashram; West of Chord Rd (near Modi Eye Hospital in Rajajinagar).
- Kamat Yatrnivas, Gandhinagar; Bull Temple Road, Basavanagudi. Serves special N Karnataka meals with jowar (Sorghum) rotis. They now have a branch on Bull Temple Road where they have local artists perform when you have dinner.
- Maiya's, 30th Cross Rd, Jayanagar 4 Block; 11th Cross Malleshwaram; Sajjan Rao Circle, Basavanagudi, ☎ . Features a great amount of South Indian cuisine, and then lets you buy some more to take home. And in case that you don't like it, there are more places upstairs that have different cuisine (Jayanagar branch only).
- MTR 1924, Mini Forest, JP Nagar; St. Marks Road; Indiranagar;. New age chain from the folks who run Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR) on Lalbagh Road.
- Nalapaka, Rajajinagar. Serves special N Karnataka meals with jowar (Sorghum) rotis, Holige (stuffed sweet rotis). Known for the distinctive Butter Dosa and different varieties of coconut chutneys.
- South Indies, Indiranagar; Infantry Rd, ☎ . , An upscale South Indian restaurant in Bangalore, that gives you a taste of authentic south Indian cuisine in an ambience that is equally tasteful.
- UpSouth, Mantri Square, Mallesharam; Orion Mall, Malleshwaram; Ecospace, Bellandur; 60 ft. Road, Koramangala, ☎ . A quick service restaurant with an upbeat, contemporary look. Be it the vibrant, youthful interiors or the presentation of food in the form of combos, Upsouth is all set to break the dull clutter.
- Cafe Y, Langford Rd (Near Prestige Elgin, Hosur Rd-Langford Rd junction), ☎ . Amazing sizzlers and steaks, nice ambiance.
- Friends Fast Food, Jyoti Nivas College Rd, Koramangala (300 m from Forum). Great Conti food at college prices. Casa Picola fans will like this one.
- Herbs & Spices, 80 Foot Rd (Above Planet M, 100 m north of Reliance Fresh). On. Great pasta, pizza, and desserts.
- Kollapuri's, 429/31 30th Cross, 4th Block Jaya Nagar (Near Jain Mandir), ☎ . , An authentic Maharashtrian hotel run by Savaji. It serves bhakri, chapati and "Sheckle Edme" special Savaji stuffed roti with spicy sabjis and meat or other non veg items
- Rajvardhan Foods, 1291 25th Main Road, 9th Block Jaya Nagar East (Near Big Bazaar), ☎ . , Best known for its vadapav, sabudana vada, khichdi. It also offers bhakri, thalipeeth. The snacks and other food offered here is comparatively expensive. This is because it is Bengaluru's only authentic maharashtrian food outlet. It also serves food fresh, only prepared after placing the order, so the wait and price is compensated. The food quality is excellent.
- Dalama, #37, 6th block, Koramangala, 100 ft Rd (near Kamat Hotel, Koramangala), ☎ . Authentic Odia cuisine including vegetable curries, chapati, meat, fish, prawn, crab and chicken delicacies.
- Halli Mane, 3rd Cross, Malleswaram (close to Malleswaram Circle). Truly authentic and traditional Kannada style food.
- Janatha Hotel, 8th Cross, Malleshwaram. Another great place, famous for its butter masala dosas and vadas.
- Kamat Lokaruchi, Mysore Rd (just before Channapatna). Amazing food and ambience. Authentic Mangalorean meals.
- Kamat Yatrinivas, Majestic; All around the city. Authentic Mangalorean meals.
- Karavalli, Residency Rd (at the Gateway Hotel), ☎ . Mangalorean, Goa, Karwar, and Kerala style cuisine.
- Konkan, 6th cross, 6th Block, Koramangala, ☎ . Mangalorean and Goan style cuisine.
- Kodial's, 8th Cross Malleswaram. For authentic vegetarian Konkani cuisine.
- Kudla, Ramanashree Comforts, Richmond Rd. For seafood, serves excellent dishes.
- New Krishna Bhavan, 1st Cross Malleswaram. For authentic Mangalorean food, reasonably priced. Try the neer dosa and badam halwa.
- The Palms, 33 Church St (at the Highgates Hotel), ☎ . Mangalorean, Coorgi, and Malabari style. (shut for renovations)
- Upaahara Darshini, Jayanagar 3rd Block; DVG Road, Gandhi Bazaar. One of Bengaluru's oldest food joints. Amazing dosas.
- Vidyarthi Bhavan, 32 Gandhi Bazaar, ☎ . Another very old and traditional breakfast place, exclusively known for its Masala Dosa. Similar to MTR, you can find people who have been having breakfast here since times immemorial.
- 6 Ballygunge Place, 1st Fl., 612, 12th Main, Indira Nagar (above Café Coffee Day). It has been rated best Bengali restaurant by times food guide Bengaluru. It serves excellent fish (esp their chital peti roast), dab chingri and luchis. (Its mocktails are avoidable however). Prices are slightly on higher side. May cost around ₹ 1000 for two but the food quality is good. The owners have added Calcutta style chaat on top floor also recently. ₹ 1000 for two.
- 36 Chowringhee Lane, 100ft Rd, BTM Layout (opp Reliance Fresh), ☎ . Authentic Bengali Cuisine.
- Bangaliana, 355, 1st 'B' Main, 7th Block, Koramangala (opp. HDFC Bank), ☎ . Authentic Bengali Delicacies (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Restaurant, Take-away, Catering. Specialities: fish, mutton chicken and, of course, sweets.
- Bhojohori Manna, 668/B 6th Block, Koramangala Club Rd, ☎ . Free home delivery
- Oh! Calcutta, St Mark's Rd. Part of a chain of restaurants across the country, and the best Bengali food available in the city albeit pricier than the other options.
- Sonar Bangla, 88/1, Shubh Arcade, 1st floor, 16th Cross, Margosa Rd, Malleswaram, ☎ . The restaurant undertakes orders of authentic Bengali food for gourmets who fancy a whole meal and also delivers it at the doorstep. Fish is considered sacred in the coastal state and is consumed universally. So, all fish lovers can take heart as the non-vegetarian cuisine is delivered, but not served at the restaurant.
- The Esplanade, KHB Colony, ☎ . Offers authentic Bengali cuisine. They also have a continental menu.
- Bheemas, Church St. If you have the penchant for spice this place is meant for you.
- Nagarjuna Chimney, Residency Rd; Jayanagar 3rd Block (near Old Galaxy Theatre; near ICICI Bank). Possibly have a few more branches elsewehere in Bengaluru. The Biryani is almost intoxicating, not to mention their 'meals' which are served ritually on a banana leaf. Reach early for lunch, for, there are hordes in the waiting always.
- R₹, off Brigade Rd. A renovation of the vintage R₹, the fun doubles here with the double storeyed restaurant, one serving Andhra and the other Hyderabadi cuisines. There's also alcohol, all the more reason to indulge on a Saturday afternoon.
- Anjappar Restaurant, #50, 100 Ft. Road, 4th Block Kormangala. Chettinad cuisine
- Annachi, 100 Ft. Road, Indiranagar. Serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Has some good chettinad style dishes.
- Annapoorna, Ulsoor (near Sai Baba Temple in Ulsoor. Need to get down at Ulsoor police station). Pure vegetarian food in Tamil style.
- Krishna Kafe, Koramangala (beside Anand Sweets). Traditional Chennai-style food. Dosas, idlis, idiyappam and the like with authentic Tamil sambar and chutney. Do note that this place is vegetarian-only. A vegetarian meal will cost you around ₹ 80. ₹ 40-100.
- Pongal, Jivan Bima Nagar (near the Indiranagar telephone exchange). Tamil Nadu food. Lots of dosa varieties, Podi dosa, parotta with kurma are good. Ambience is not that great, but this place is for those who need a quick bite without a big pinch on the wallet.
- Ponnuswamy, Koramangala (near the National Games Village, opposite to Legends of Rock), ☎ . Authentic south Tamil nadu food. Try the biryani and sukka fry. No alcohol or smoking. Also at Residency Rd., next to Imperial Hotel.
Ice Cream Parlours
- Corner House, 1 Airport Rd; All around the city. Carlton Towers. This is the place for you if you are looking for the best desserts in town. The "brown bomb" and "hot fudge" are a must have. Not a place for calorie counters.
- ibaco, Basavanagudi; Basaveshwara Nagar; BTM Layout; Coles Road; Indira Nagar; Jayanagar; Koramangala; Mantri Square; Phoenix Mall; RR Nagar; Wood Street; Yelahanka.
- Naturals Ice Cream, Indiranagar; Koramangala; Sarjapur; Dollars Colony, RMV Extension; St. Marks Road; Jayanagar; Basaveshwaranagar; Frazer Town; Malleshwaram.
- Pabrai's Fresh and Naturalle Ice Cream, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar, ☎ .
- Phalaamritha Ice Cream Parlour, 8th Cross, 14/1 West Park Road,Malleswaram, ☎ . Serves 25 super smooth home-made ice cream flavours along with health drinks, varieties of kulfis, milk shakes, ice tea, ice cream, novelties and chaats.
- Richie Rich Ice Cream Parlour, ☎ . Three branches around the city, with a variety of natural ice creams, softies and many fast food items such as pav bhaji and vada pav.. Try the 'Elvis Presley' specialty or the traffic jam or 'Richie Rich' special. The 3 locations are on St. Marks Rd, Airport Rd. and Kumara Park East.
- Swensen's, Mantri Square, Malleshwaram; Royal Meenakshi Mall, Bannerghatta Road; 80 ft. Road, Koramangala; 60 ft. Road, Sahakara Nagar; Ascendas Park Square Mall, Whitefield; Bangalore Central, Bellandur; BDA Complex, HSR Layout. The Ultimate Sundae Experience
- Yogi's, #86, 21st Main, Banashankari 2nd Stage (near BDA Complex), ☎ . , The "Sakkat Burger" and "Sakkat Mexican" are a must have. Wide range of burgers, sandwiches, ice creams, shakes and sundaes available.
- Bay Leaf, Raheja Arcade, Opposite Forum Mall, Kormangala. A really nice place with reasonable prices.
- Dalfryday, Banerghatta Rd (Near IIM -B, beside HSBC Bank and above Fabmall). North Indian, non-vegetarian cuisine in a fine ambience. (this is closed as of now, Hyderabadi biriyani has opened a branch at the same location)
- Grameen, Raheja Arcade, Opposite Forum Mall, Kormangala. One of the best places to have good Vegetarian North Indian food.
- Hyderabadi biriyani, Banerghatta Rd (near IIM -B, beside HSBC Bank and above Fabmall). Serves good biriyani
- Mast Kalandar, All around the city. Very nice North India cuisine. It is very reasonably priced.
- Queens, Church Street, Opposite Amoeba. Small restaurant but great food at reasonable prices.
- Rasilas, JP Nagar 7 Phase, Shreyas Colony (close to Brigade Millennium & Elita Promenade Apartments, near RBI layout). Nice place with very fine cuisine.
- Tijouri, Hotel Atria, Palace Rd, ☎ .
- 100 ft Boutique, 100 Foot Rd, Indira nagar (after Fab Mall when you are travelling from CMH Rd side, and a few stores after Benetton on the LHS if you're coming from Airport Rd), ☎ . Comparable to most continental resto-bars. The best part about it is that its a Boutique Restaurant, which means you can shop, while waiting for your meal to arrive, even after 9PM, which is when most other shops close in Banglaore. The Boutique houses many young designers. Levitate, showcases a wide array of eclectic street fashion and handcrafted kitsch from all over India.
- Fiorano Ristorante, 63, 100 Foot Rd. 5th A block, Koramangala (Next to Sukh Sagar), ☎ . Easy to miss driving by but Incredible food. Entrees ₹ 300-600.
- I-Talia, The Park, MG Rd, ☎ . Expensive, but arguably the best Italian food in town.
- Italia (previously Little Italy), Indiranagar. Nice vegetarian restaurant in Indira Nagar, a little expensive. Good food.
- Via Milano, Koramangala (near Sony World). Authentic Italian food. 3 course meal for 2 will cost an average of ₹ 2,000, (wine not included).
- Beijing Bites. 11:00-15:30, 19:00-23:00. Affordable restaurant inspired by Chinese & Thai cuisines, spread across Bengaluru ₹200-₹400.
- Caesar's Multi Cuisine Restaurant, Mahalakshmi Chambers, 9/2, MG Rd. (beside HSBC bank opposite ING Bank). 6:30PM–11:30PM. Variety of tasty food. Classic environment.
- Golden Lights, No.4032, 100ft Rd, HAL-II Stage, Indranagar, ☎ .
- Shanghai Junction, No.8, Sri Sai, 60 Foot. Rd, G Block, Sahakarnagar (behind Big Market), ☎ .
- Mainland China, Church St; 100 Foot Rd. Indiranagar.
- P!ing, No. 130, 1st Cross, 5th Block, Koramangala. Includes a dessert bay. Dim sum, sensible portions, good prices.
- BigBoy Fried Chicken, (BFC), Vignan Nagar.
- Coconut Grove, Church Street; Marathalli Flyover.
- Continental Spice, Airport Rd (close to Diamond District).
- Gokulam Mess, GM Palya (3 km from Indiranagar).
- Hotel New Malabar, Kaggadasapura (Near level crossing).
- Hotel Ruchi, Vignana Nagar.
- K K Bakers, Malleshpalaya.
- Kaayal, AECS Layout; Jeevan Bhima Nagar.
- Kairali, Near Forum Mall, Koramangala.
- Kalavara, Vignana Nagar.
- Kerala Pavilion, Domlur (behind Shanti Sagar). Authentic Kerala food
- Little Home, 80 ft. Road, Koramangala (near Wipro K2 office). Very good south and central Kerala food. Bad service though.
- The Paramount Restaurant, Koramangala (near Jyothi Nivas College).
- Priyam Restaurant, Jagadish Nagar (Behind BEML).
- Tharavadu, Bommanahalli, Hosur Rd (After Silk Board).
- There are few dhabas catering to all tastes. Both South and North Indian fare is available at most places and is clean and cheap. A special mention is the green park dhaba on the outskirts on Bellary Road and Golconda Chimney on the old airport road in Marthahalli, opposite Shankara Eye Hospital. Golconda Chimmney has been recently renovated and has both A/C and non-A/C sections, the non-veg spread is simply amazing, but the rates are steep if you have a traditional dhaba in mind. The ambience is nice. Try the chicken kathi rolls and the biryani.
- Bobby-da-Dhaba, Near Lavanya Theatre, St John's Road, Near Ulsoor, ☎ . 12:30 PM to 3:45 PM, 7:30 PM to 11 PM. The food is good (albeit slightly oily). It basically serves paranthas (with lots of butter), chaach, kheer and a number of side dishes (most notable being their shahi paneer and rajma). You may have to wait for a while in case it is full. So it's better to go slightly early, 12PM for lunch and 7:30PM for dinner to avoid rush).
- Manjit ka Dhaba, 107, 1st Floor, Wheeler Road, Near Railway Cross, Cox Town, Frazer Town, ☎ . 12 Noon to 4 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM. Budget dhaba. Tasty parathas (with butter) and couple of assorted vegetable curry options. Lassi. Dont expect ambience in dhabas.
In Koramangala, Legend's of Rock is located near the Pizza Hut on 80 ft. Road. Also great is the Jimi's Beer Cafe nearby, has a really nice ambience. Firangi Paani at Forum Mall is a nice but expensive option. Costa Coffee, Barista and CCD have their presence near Maharaja Hotel. Young working people spend a lot of their time here. You can get a truly multi national multi cultural feeling as there are several restaurants serving Spanish, Italian, Thai, Chinese, Indian, Mexican food. Hence, it is really popular with expatriates. The area around Jyoti Nivas college is a popular hangout for the college going crowd, with a lot of eateries and cafes in the area. This area has a very hip/ fashionable feel to it.
- Barista Lavazza, ☎ . An Indian startup cafe chain established in 1997 and more commonly known as Barista and now owned by Lavazza. The chain has more than 200 stores in India. It is found all over Bangalore with 32 retail outlets, most of them near IT corporate offices.
- Café Coffee Day, ☎ . Popularly known as CCD, first established in 1996, at Brigade Road, Bangalore The chain has over 1,000 cafes through out India. It is found all over Bengaluru.
- Caffe Pascucci, ☎ . Italian coffee chain brand. In 2010, Pascucci set up its own coffee retail shop in India with 10 outlets in Bangalore at prominent localities like Jayanagar, JP Nagar, MG Road, Malleshwaram and Indiranagar.
- Cake Walk, #297, 100 Feet Rd, Indra Nagar, ☎ .
- Coffee Workers Co-op, Church St's Brigade Gardens. A venerable Bengaluru institution, with waiters in traditional uniforms and customers slowly savoring the age-old tradition of coffee drinking - though there are just two choices of coffee: black or white. Have some delightful "masala dosa" here.
- Coffee World. Can be found all over Bengaluru.
- Costa Coffee, ☎ . British coffeehouse chain. Koramangala 4th Block, in Indranagar and another opposite Goethe-Institut, RMZ Eco Space on Sarjapur Rd and Sigma Mall, Brookesfield, Cunningham Rd, JNC Rd, and Jayanagar. Besides Coffee, Costa lays heavy emphasis on food with sandwiches, paninis, tostatos, pastas and many kinds of deserts, English muffins, a wide variety of cakes and desserts.
- Java City, Church St.. Pleasant old Bengaluru atmosphere. Offers a wide variety of tea, coffee from all over the world including pizza, pasta, pastries, cookies, you name it they have it plus you get to see a unique sense of humor in their menu and on the walls. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, there is live music, rock and guitar. This place is simple, expatriate friendly and not at all pricy. There is another Java City near Lavelle Road.
- Travel on Menu Café. Popular for TOM Coffee.
Pubs and bars
The pub scene is concentrated around the commercial business district in the heart of Bengaluru. MG Road, Brigade Road, Residency Road, St. Marks Road, and Church Street have numerous pubs. Happy hours is typically between 6-8PM and at most pubs, the time for the last order is around 10:30PM. Formerly having a reputation as the Pub City of India, Bengaluru's buoyant pub and nightlife has been curtailed by police and regulatory action, and all bars and nightclubs must now close no later than 11:30PM.
Most bars and pubs in the city are somewhat upscale, but many inexpensive restaurants serve beer and good quality food.
If you just need to go out you could go to one of the bars, but if you would like to have a great social experience and are in the city for a considerable period of time consider becoming a member of one of the social expat clubs in the city. The IVES Club offers a meeting for it's members every Saturday at one or the other popular nightclubs in Bengaluru, its members are interns, expats, volunteers and exchange students residing in the city.
- Beer Joint Pub, (aka BJP), Indiranagar, ☎ .
- Bull n Bush, 4th floor, Garuda Mall. Plays hip hop, house and occasionally trance. ₹ 500/- cover charge.
- Carpe Diem, Church St. It's a Power Metal haven.
- Ego's, Castle Street, off Brigade Rd.
- J'Cubez, Banashankari 2nd Stage, opp. BDA complex. For rock lovers
- Jimi's, Residency Road, Koramangala 80ft. Rd. A nice dark cozy bar along with Rock music and video. Best visited during weekends and is not hard on your pocket.
- Le Rock Pub Cafe, Rest House Rd (off Brigade Rd), ☎ . Open from 10AM-11:30PM. The latest watering hole in Bengaluru. Rock music across the board screened on large plasma panels; every song can not only be heard but seen as well. Coffee, Kingfisher beer, cocktails, food and Bengaluru's first oxy bar.
- Legends of Rock, 80 Foot Rd, 6th Block,Koramangala, ☎ . Watch the Legends perform on large format TVs.
- Lock N'Load Pub (The Texan Pub), Chairman's Resort, Sahakar Nagar, Hebbal, ☎ , e-mail: , firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Olio, Koramangala, ☎ . Great ambiance with beer, wines and continental food.
- Opus, Palace Cross Road, near Sankey Rd, ☎ . A chilled-out, ex-pat friendly lounge with a large outdoor space. Has karaoke on most Sun and Wed (Kroaknights) as well as regular live music and DJ dance nights. You may need to book ahead on theme nights.
- Nasa, Church St.
- New Night Watchman, Corner of Church Street and Museum Rd. Little bit dingy but helpful bar staff - satellite TV has the Australia Network so you can watch Rugby Union and AFL games.
- Pecos, Rest House Rd (Off Brigade Road), ☎ . , 60s retro pub with a mural of Jerry Garcia. Often crowded on all 3 floors, including the pleasant roof-top seating area. Free popcorn with every pitcher of beer. Cards are available for frequent customers which make every tenth pitcher of beer free, but you may have to ask several times in order to acquire one and to get it updated.
- Purple Haze, Residency Road, Koramangala (close to Jyothi Niwas College). Popular for the classic rock that's played there.
- Sparks, Briage Road Extension, next to Brigade Towers.
- Styx (next to Cauvery Handicrafts on MG Road). They put the "Heavy" in heavy metal!!
- Sultanate of Swing, 4th floor, Garuda Mall. Mainly plays Rock, Retro, Heavy Metal and has a Video DJ. Free entry.
- Take 5, 54, MSK Plaza, HAL II Stage Indiranagar. A Jazz themed restaurant that serves great American style food and offers a large selection of beers. They don't always play jazz but the food and drink is consistently good.
- Tavern at The Inn, Museum Rd.
- The Bunker, off Residency Rd.
- Windsor Pub, Vasanth Nagar. (off Mount Carmel's in Kodava Samaja Building). A small place which serves only beer, good food and is nice for a family outing. But only limited tables.
- Zeus, #174 2nd Floor Manohar Crest, Brigade Rd (Above Health n Glow), ☎ . 11AM-11:30PM. Sports bar and lounge.
Most hotels have spiffy bars with every imaginable concoction of drinks available.
- 13th Floor, Barton Centre, MG Rd. Make a reservation. amazing view from the 13th floor
- Arbor Brewing Company, Opp. Garuda Mall, Magrath Rd. Microbrewery that serves Belgian Tripel and Brassiere Blonde
- Aura, Cunningham Rd.
- Athena, The Leela Hotel, Airport Rd. Really popular on most days of the week. The upper VIP lounge is the best part of the club, but the rest of the club is beautifully appointed and attracts a hip crowd.
- Barleyz - The Brew House, Above Taco Bell, Sony World signal, Koramangala. Microbrewery
- Blue Bar, West End, Race Course Rd. Excellent drinks if you make sure Joel makes them. Officially they have a couple's only policy. Spontaneous dancing likely next to the bar. On weekends you need to buy drink-tickets for ₹ 1,500 to enter..
- F-Bar, Le Meridien, Sankey Rd. Fashion Bar is a theme bar by FTV
- Fuga, Richmond Town. The best place for house music lovers. Expensive and fashionable.
- Firangi Paani, Forum Mall, Koramangala.
- Geoffrey's, Royal Orchid, Airport Rd. Really nice place
- Hint, 5th Floor, Bangalore Central, MG Rd. Tuesdays is ladies night (couples permitted).
- iBar, Park Hotel, MG Rd.
- Kosmo (Formerly Cosmo Village), 81 Ali Askar Road Cross (Off Cunningham Road). 3 separate areas including a terrace. This nightclub is a remodeled colonial villa on a quiet lane, with excellent DJs and expensive drinks, and attracts a wealthy clientele.
- Taika, Church St. (Off Brigade Rd). Usually open past midnight and has a huge dance floor. 3 bars and a lounge area. Entrance varies each night.
- The Beach, 100 Foot Rd. Indiranagar. Make a reservation. Starts with retro music, plays some good hip-hop and house towards the end. Makes you feel like you are in Goa.
- The Biere Club, Vittal Mallya Rd on Lavelle Road, (opp Sunny's).. Bangalore’s first craft brewery and a popular place for beer lovers.
- Toit, Indiranagar. Microbrewery
- Vaayu, 5th floor, Eve Mall, Brigade Rd. It has comfortable lounge seating, and is open air, giving some nice views over the city.
- Windmills Craftworks, #331, Road 5B, EPIP Zone, Whitefield, ☎ , e-mail: , email@example.com. Microbrewery
|This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:|
|Budget||Under ₹ 1,500|
|Splurge||Over ₹ 4,500|
Numerous Service apartments exist in and around the area of Koramangala, most on the expensive side though. Notable are the Mango suites, Mercure Grand, Lotus suites, Royal Orchid etc. Cheaper opions exist near the JNC college and 1st block.
- Citizen Lodge, Lady Curzon Rd (Near Bowring Hospital, about 1 km from MG Rd). Bare bones motel-style establishment is well located but leaves much to be desired in terms of cleanliness and overall quality. Double non-A/C room costs around from ₹ 850.
- Hotel Tap Silver Square, No 185, Deenas, 3rd Fl, Brigade Rd (Opposite McDonald's), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 3rd floor has views with floor-to-ceiling windows. Clean and modern decor, clean rooms, all with A/C, hot shower, free wifi (which gets switched off between 12AM-6AM), fridge and small wall-mounted LCD TV. 2 min walk to MG Rd. and Church St. It sits on top of the Fusion Lounge on the 2nd floor, you get thundering bass until 11:30PM. It might be a good idea to bring ear plugs if you plan to turn in early. It might also be the reason why the prices are cheap for what you get. ₹ 1,011-1,742 (approx. US $22-39), including tax. For an additional ₹ 500 (US $11), the hotel can arrange the use of a non-A/C luxury car for a maximum of 4 hr or 40 km per day. ₹ 1,011-1,742 (approx. US $22-39), including tax.
- Kind host, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Clean rooms, clean attached bathrooms, wifi. Nearby to many restaurants.
- Royal Regency Lodge, S. C. Rd (next to Movieland theater), ☎ . Clean rooms and convenient to the city’s local transports like the City bus station and the City Railway Station. From Rs. 1500?.
- Shree Vaishnav Gujarati Samaj, Gandhinagar (Near Sapna cinema, Kempe Gowda Circle). A secure and decent place to stay if you are there for a day or two. A nice canteen with Gujarati food available. In the vicinity there is another good place available for fast food/lunch named "SLV". Costs ₹ 50(?)..
- UG Deluxe, Majestic, Thulsi Thotta (Stop near the small road opposite Upparpet Police station and next to Navaruchi restaurant, then take right and then immediate left on a small lane and at the end of it take right and you will see the lodge on your right). You may want to take an auto instead of walking down if you are going after a rainy day as your shoes will get dirty. A/C rooms - ₹ 750, Non-A/C rooms - ₹ 550.
- YMCA, Nrupathunga Rd (Near Cubbon Park), ☎ . No-frills hotel.
- Others around Majestic, If you are free for an hour, you can just go around the Majastic theatre and the Kempe Gowda Bus Station and look for a budget hotel yourself, as there are many on small streets and roads around this place. Or, you can even trust (to some extent) a broker who voluntarily offers help, but be sure you take a good look at the rooms before you pay any money to the lodge and the broker. But there is a wrong notion in the minds of people in and around Majestic that whenever you go in pairs, they tend to look at you with a wrong and suspicious look. If coming with family, especially newly married, avoid the Majestic area.
- Red Mount Lodge, OTC Road, Near Tavakkal Mastan Dargah, Cottonpet, Near Majestic., ☎ . Rs. 1,200.
- U. G. Classic, OTC Road, Near Tavakal Mastan Dargah, Cottonpet, near Majestic. Rs.1,200.
- Naga Residency, OTC Road, Near Tavakal Mastan Dargah, Cottonpet, near Majestic., ☎ . Rs. 500.
- Omshakthi palace, OTC Road, Near Tavakal Mastan Dargah, Cottonpet, near Majestic., ☎ . Rs. 400.
- Hotel Grand Park, OTC Road, Near Tavakal Mastan Dargah, Cottonpet, near Majestic., ☎ . Rs. 900.
- Vardhaman Paradise, Ganesh Lodge Buildig OTC Road, Near Tavakal Mastan Dargah, Cottonpet, Majestic., ☎ . Rs. 250.
- T.A.P.paradise, Hospital Road Avenue Road. Cross Near Abhinay Theatre& Menaka Theatre, ☎ . Rs. 700.
- Manju Lodge, Near Abhinay Theatre& Menaka Theatre Hospital Road Avenue Road, ☎ . Rs.600.
- 9 Marks Inn, 9 St Marks Rd, ☎ .
- Airavatam Serviced Apartment, 330/7, Axis Rd (Alight at Axis Books Bus stop), ☎ . Clean rooms, clean attached bathrooms, wifi. Nearby to many restaurants. From Rs.2200.
- Ajantha, 22 Mahatma Gandhi Rd, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. Good simple hotel with vegetarian restaurant. Sgl/dbl fro Rs. 1500/1900, Cottage A/C Rs. 2700.
- Alcove Serviced Apartments Bengaluru, G-301, Raheja Residency, 3rd Block, Koramangala, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 24/7. Single room, independent 1 or 2 or 3 BHK apartments, air-con bedrooms with double beds and independent bathrooms, cableTV & DVD player. Kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, mixer grinder and gas stove. Fully automatic washing machine, iron and ironing board, complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, swimming pool, club house with billiards, table tennis, gym and tennis court.
- Basil Hotel, #8, Sampige road, Malleshwaram (Next to Sampige Theatre / close to central railway station and bus stand), ☎ . Check-in: 24 hr, check-out: 24 hr. Good service. From ₹ 2,900.
- Best Western The Capitol, Raj Bhavan Rd, ☎ . ,
- The Bouvice, 141C, S.T. Bed Layout, 1st Main Kormangala, Sector 4, ☎ , e-mail: , firstname.lastname@example.org. A beautiful apartment hotel in Kormangala.
- Chairman's Club & Resort, No. 14/1, Kodigehalli Main Road,Sahakar Nagar, Hebbal (Near Twin Tower) (22 km from the airport'), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-out: 24 Hours. Best for Airport transit passengers.It has AC and Suites rooms.Conference and Banquet hall can accommodate 800 people. It has a Lounge bar (Lock N' Load ),Indoor Swimming Pool,Badminton court,Garden Restaurant,Indoor AC restaurant free WI-fi and a Fitness Center. Rooms & Suites, ₹ 2,500-7,000++.
- Chalet Hospitality, A-08, Diamond District, Airport Rd, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Luxury serviced apartments.
- Church Street Inn, 46-1-1, Church St. Clean rooms, clean attached bathrooms, wifi internet access, Complementary continental breakfast, Walking distance from MG Road, Brigade Road and restaurants. Bookshop in lobby area . 6 fully furnished rooms, all A/C, direct dial from rooms, free wifi, cableTV, including HBO and ESPN, free in house library. Offices open 24 hr. Single ₹ 1,864 double ₹ 1,800.
- D-Habitat Hotel Apartments, ☎ . Koramangala Deluxe rooms, suites, studio, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Ideal for short-term and extended stay. Sgl/dbl Rs.2500/3000.
- Fantasy Golf Resort (Opp ITC-0 mins away from Bengaluru Airport), ☎ . Ideal for hotel stay next to Bengaluru Airport or for transit passengers.
- Fortune Park JP Celestial, Race Course Rd (1.5km from railway station and easy access to airport.), ☎ .
- Hotel Bangalore Gate (email@example.com), 9 and 12, Gajanana Towers, K G Rd (opp.Maneka Theatre, 500 m away from Majestic & Bengaluru City Railway station), ☎ . Check-in: 12 noon, check-out: 12 noon. Executive, superior and premium rooms. All rooms are A/C with complimentary breakfast and wifi. 24 hours room service, 2 restaurants, ample car parking. ₹ 3,600-4,800.
- Hotel Komfort Terraces, No 301, 3rd floor, Bluemoon Complex M G.Road, ☎ . Check-in: 12:00 Noon, check-out: 12:00 Noon. Rs 2381.
- Hotel Presidency, Sadahalli gate, Devanahalli Taluk (near Bengaluru Airport), ☎ . 24/7 reception. Ideal for a business traveller.
- Hotel St. Marks, St. Marks Rd.
- Hotel Vrindavan, off MG Rd and very near to MG. Rd/Brigade Rd junction. Nice hotel with great south Indian food.
- Hotel Woodlands, No 5, Rajaram Mohan Roy Rd (near Richmond Circle), ☎ . Mid-range hotel, very clean, great views of the city, delicious free South Indian breakfast buffet for ₹ 3,400 per night for an A/C double (two single beds pushed together). Nice location for exploring the city. Long walk to M.G. Road, Garuda Mall, and Commercial Street.
- Live Inn Bangalore Serviced apartments, Team Royal, 1st Main, 6th Block, Venkatareddy layout, 80ft Rd, Koramangala (Near Oasis Lifestyle Mall Koramangala), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. One, two and three bedroom apartments with wifi, direct telephone services, laundry, A/C, fully equipped kitchen and hot breakfast is served in your room Sgl/dbl Rs. 2000/2500.
- Maple Suites (Serviced Apartments), #142 & 143, Dollar Layout. 4th Main, BTM II Stage (Off Bannerghatta Road opp to Mantri Elite.), ☎ . Check-in: 12 noon, check-out: 12 noon. Long and short term stay. ₹ 1,999.
- Mitaroy Cricket Hotel, Richmond Town (located near MG Road), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Asia's only Cricket Hotel, collection of cricket memorabilia including Sachin Tendulkar's autographed portrait with Sir Don Bradman and Sir Gary Sobers Bat. ₹ 3,500.
- Prakruthi Club & Resort, Plot no. 12A, Hegganahalli village, Kundana Hobli, Devanahalli Taluk (11 km from the airport'), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Accommodation for couples, family, or corporate bookings. Conference hall that can seat 120 people and meeting facilities. Coffee shop. Lounge bar, wifi. Cottages and roms, ₹ 2,500-9,000++.
- Samrat Luxury Hospitality, ISKCON Temple Foot hills, 149/A, R Block, West of Chord Rd, Rajajinagar, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com.
- Shantha Unique, #103, Green Glen Layout, ☎ . Serviced apartments for business or leisure travellers. From ₹ 1,799.
- Silicon Suites, 174, Nagvarapalya, Rahat Bagh, Behind Big Bazaar (Off Old Madras Rd, near Indiranagar), ☎ . From Rs.2400.
- Stopovers Serviced Apartments (Stopovers), Diamond District, Old Airport Rd (Close to old airport road), ☎ . Check-in: 24hrs, check-out: 24hrs. Contemporary apartments. ₹ 4,500.
- Transit Living Serviced Apartments (serviced apartments in bangalore), #7/8. 2nd floor, Shoukath Building,SJP Road, Bangalore-2 (Serviced apartments at Diamond District, old airport road, Koramangala, Mysore Road, Indirangar, and at Hosur Road), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Single Room, One, two, three bedroom and studio apartments with wireless Internet wifi, direct telephone services, laundry, A/C, fully equipped kitchen and complimentary breakfast. From Rs.1500.
- Villa Camelot, #94/95, 4th Cross, ECC Rd, Prithvi Layout, Whitefield, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Bed and breakfast run by a North Indian couple in the back lanes of ITPL. Cozy atmosphere. From ₹ 1,500.
- VSL Grand Serviced Apartments, ☎ . Single and 2 bedroom apartments, close to Palace Grounds and easily accessible to the road leading to the New International Airport. Twin from Rs. 2800.
- Chancery Pavilion, Residency Rd. Nice business hotel, good service and food About $200.
- Grand Ashok Hotel, Kumara Krupa High Grounds, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hotel Royal Orchid, Adjoining KGA Golf Course, Airport Rd, ☎ . Sometimes referred to as the "Royal Orchid Park Plaza". Not to be confused with Royal Orchid Central.
- ITC Gardenia, Residency Rd, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com.
- ITC Windsor, Sankey Rd, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Le Meridien (Starwood Hotels & Resorts), 28, Sankey Road, P B No. 174 (Opp Golf Course and Chief Minister's residence), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com.
- Leela Palace Kempinski, Airport Rd, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Leela has previously been voted 'The Best Business Hotel in the World' by Conde Naste Traveller.
- Oberoi Hotel, 37-39 MG Rd, ☎ .
- Park Hotel, 14/7 MG Rd, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com.
- Streling Mac Hotel, 134, HAL Rd (Near Manipal Hospital), ☎ .
- Taj Residency Hotel, 41/3 MG Rd, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Besides the Leela, this is considered the best business hotel in India.
- Taj West End Hotel, Race Course Rd, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com.
- The Oterra Hotel (Crown Plaza (IHG)), 43 Electronics City, Hosur Rd, ☎ .
- The Paul, 139/28, Domlur Layout (Off Intermediate Ring Rd), ☎ .
Bangalore is a relatively safe city during day time. However, most of Bangalore practically shuts down a little before midnight - even very safe residential areas can be very desolate by 11PM.
Some of the lower-income areas can be somewhat unsafe once it gets dark. Exercising caution and good sense will increase your chances of staying safe.
- It is not advisable to walk alone along deserted alleyways or lanes after dark. Avoid doing so in areas that you are not sure are reasonably safe
- Avoid using an auto-rickshaw if the driver is not alone, especially at night
- Do not flaunt jewellery, high-end mobile phones / laptops, watches etc.
- Do not withdraw large amounts of cash from ATMs in deserted areas.
- Beware of pickpockets in crowded areas such as exhibitions, cricket matches etc.
- If you are returning late from a party, it is advisable to pre-book cabs through reputed companies such as Meru as against flagging down an auto-rickshaw on the road
- Exercise caution in stopping to help if you see a broken down vehicle at night, especially in lonely streets and in cases where you will be outnumbered
Rising incomes has brought an influx of people including both, white and blue collar immigrants, leading to disparities in earnings between locals, the casual labour immigrants and expatriates (people from other parts of the state and also from other countries) which arguably has resulted in a substantial increase in crime rates.
The area code for Bangalore is 080. When calling from overseas, dial +91 80 XXXX XXXX. If you don’t have an Indian phone number, it is strongly recommended that you get a pre-paid calling card if you plan on using your phone frequently. Because of new government regulations, you need a photocopy of your passport (visa and the ID pages), a color photo, and proof of local address (in Bangalore) when buying a pre-paid card. If you do not have the required paperwork, it is recommended that you ask a local friend to buy a pre-paid card on your behalf. Pre-paid cards are sold in a few of the shops that sell mobile equipment.
Public telephones are a good option and are available widely. Most shops that offer public phones sport easily visible "STD/ISD/PCO" signages. More often than not, public pay-phones are post-pay and there will be a person at the shop to take the payments. Check the bill generated from the machine and make the payment accordingly. Payments are always in Indian Rupees.
Cell phone coverage in the city is excellent. There are many service providers (Aircel, Airtel, BSNL, idea,MTS Reliance, Tata DoCoMo, Uninor, Vodafone) offering a wide variety of plans. If you are planning on travelling around outside the metropolitan area it might be a good idea to buy a cell phone and use one of the pre-paid plans to get yourself connected whilst you are still in the city.
There are plenty of Internet centres which charge between ₹ 10-25 per hr. If you have laptop with wifi connection, free internet services are available at some malls, restaurants, and hotels. However, free public WiFi is not the norm. MG Road now has street-wide free WiFi. Hop on to the Namma WiFi wireless network and register using your mobile number for a one-time password for internet access.
High speed USB data cards are very common and all telecom providers (see Connect section) offer these over-the-counter at their stores. Typically need some proof of identity and address to activate these.
Bengaluru is a clean city (compared to other major Indian cities such as Mumbai, Kolkata) and epidemics are rare. However, foreign tourists should be cautious about consuming water and eating at roadside stalls. It is recommended to use mosquito repellents, either as a cream applied on the skin (Ask for Odomos at locale medical stores) or in the electronic form, during the evenings.
Ambulances can be requested by calling 108.
Pharmacies are dime a dozen and you should not have any problem locating one. You do not need any prescription for Modern Medicine Over the Counter drugs and ayurvedic medicine (proprietary and traditional), which are available for most common ailments like fever, headache, etc., But you will need prescription for other medicines, which are categorized as Schedule H drugs.
You will not find money exchange kiosks / counters in all parts of Bangalore, because Bangalore is not a primary destination for most tourists nor is it the entry point for most tourists entering the region. However, most banks offer currency exchange in all their branch offices as do some travel agencies. Exchange rates can vary somewhat, so it is advisable to shop around. Typically, travel agencies will offer a better exchange rate as compared to the rates offered by banks.
- Bandipur National Park - A tiger reserve around 225 km away. It is famous for elephant, tiger and precious sandalwood trees. It is spread over an area of 890 km2 and considered as most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries.
- Devanahalli Fort - The Fort is located 35 km north of Bengaluru city. The history of this exceptional fort belongs to 15th century and was part of Gangawadi but later came under the rule of Rashatrakutas.
- Dodda Alada Mara (Big Banyan Tree) - It is a giant 400 year old Banyan tree located about 28 kilometres from Bangalore. This single plant covers 3 acres and is one of the largest of its kind.
- Nandi Hills - It is around 57 km from the city and provides a panoramic view of sunrise and sunset. One of the ways to go there is to go on a bicycle. The hill station has become popular tourist spot because it is well blessed with pleasant environment throughout the year.