I often come across people saying, “Bangalore is Boring”, “There is nothing to do here”, “I don’t know what to do on my weekends”!
And I wonder, where the hell are you coming from? What does any city offer that Bangalore doesn’t? How can you ever get bored in a city like Bangalore!!
I have been here for a while now. I haven’t yet seen all of it but I have tasted most flavours of the city.
Let’s not forget that the core of any city lies in its history, its monuments, and gardens (ofcourse! in the Garden City). First things to check out from your list should always be these places. They may or may not interest you too much, but it is always worth a try. I am going to talk only about things I have done. And trust me, there is a lot I haven’t.
The Bangalore Palace (You might even see local serials & movies being shot. Honestly! Daggubati Venkatesh did give me priceless smile),
Bannerghatta national park (specially the Butterfly glass house…in monsoon; it’s like being in one of the animated fairytale movies),
Industrial and Technology Museums & HAL Aerospace Museum,
The Planetarium (remember how you loved it when you were a kid, you might still love it as much),
Lal Bagh (try catching the flower show),
ISKCON temple (I am not the religious kind, you don’t have to be either…enjoy the beautiful artwork, the architecture, the animated Radha Krishna series [You might be ROFL], and the delicious hot khichdee),
Pass by the iconic buildings in the city like Vidhan Soudha, Attara Kacheri (The High Court) or even Vijay Mallya’s house if you wish. Wherever your heart takes you! I know I stood in front of Rahul Dravid’s house in the middle of the night!
Now that you have been going around for a while, am sure your stomach must be grumbling. Food is another essential thread in the fabric of a city. But wait, before you plan on going to the most amazing restaurant in town, eat the local food, in local places. Again, I am only mentioning where I have been. You can find a much longer list if you search.
VV Puram Food Street ( No, street food doesn’t just mean Golgappas and Parathas. We are not in Delhi, remember! Try out the delicious South India snacks.)
Vidyarthi Bhavan (Let not the long queue deter you. And when you see plain Dosas overloaded with ghee [the only Dosa served here], don’t tell the waiter to get you a Plain Masala Dosa [Been there, Done that])
Kamat Lokaruchi (A long drive on the Mysore road, find this place for breakfast and try the Idlis. If you have never liked Idlis in your life, you might just change your opinion. My cousin did.)
There are a zillion other small as well as lavish places to eat in Bangalore. Breakfast at Egg Factory or Hole in the wall, lunch at Military hotel (I have not been here and will never go there. But it’s worth a mention. I think I’ll turn into a dragon if I eat here. This is for all the spice lovers.) or Absolute Barbeque and dinner at Gramin or 13th floor. (You do see how I cleverly gave you two options for each meal, one super affordable and one totally opposite…smooth, huh!)
Once you have tried the local and the not local but popular eating places, now you can explore the pubs and breweries. Toit and Hard Rock Café and Big Brewsky (My fav place) and Loft 38 and many more.
Don’t forget, Bangalore has a super cool café culture. Ok, I can’t write about every place here, find me on zomato if you are so curious. I don’t mind a little extra followers. (Yeah, this post could just be an attempt to get more followers. You almost got me!).
Ok, now your tummy is all full and you are wondering, there are monuments and food in every city. Did you really need such a long post for that!
Hold on. The fun is not yet over. Remember, how I said “How can you ever get bored in a city like Bangalore!!”
No matter what your interests are; no matter how sporty, adventurous, artistic, nerdy you are; even if you are one of those who have no interests at all, there is something for each one. I am sure you will find something for yourself in my list, you see, I am a little bit of everything!
Play Arena. Quad biking and shooting and wall climbing and skate boarding and an open field if you have a football team and much more.
Decathlon. It’s not as such an activity place. It’s just a store. But I love it. Everything sports & adventure.
Cycle Day. Streets void of vehicles. Only cycles and skate boards and people playing chess on the road and hop scotching.
Camping. Pitching your tents, barbequing your food and sleeping under the night sky; what else do you need!
Breakout or Escape. Do you have the Sherlock spirit or Byomkesh Bakshi attitude? Real handcuffs and spooky ambiences and a mystery to solve.
Theater. Comedy and drama and monologues; almost every day, somewhere, someone is on stage, waiting for you to give up your multiplex seat and try the live theater. You can also go for a workshop, learn acting. How can life be boring!
Music & Concerts. Metallica to Arijit Singh. Find your music in the city. Not the concert type? Love Mohammad Rafi and Hemant Kumar? Join music lover’s group like Bhoole Bisre Geet and enjoy live performances of your favourite soulful music.
Workshops and Meetups. Do you have any idea how relaxing it is to just sit on the floor and make clay pots! Pottery Class, Art Exhibitions, Drumming lessons, barbeque sessions or Writer’s club; explore anything you want, in this city.
Intellectual. Seminars and conferences and TED talks and what not! From technology to politics, people here talk and share about everything. You can too.
Winery. Know your wine and jump into a huge bucket of grapes and slip and stomp and dance. It might get itchy and you might stain your clothes. But the fun and the wine will make you forget all that!
And hey, visit the Entertainment store for some of the coolest things ever! (No, no online shopping, switch off the laptop! Go check out the place. )
This city has everything from Marathons to Hackathons and everything in between!
And all this was just inside the city. I haven’t even started about the drives to hills and dams and waterfalls and the treks and weekend getaways and wonder la!
I have lived every bit of it, got drenched in the unannounced rains, cursed the traffic and the roads, danced till 11:30 (you get to dance till 1 now), talked in English to a pan wala and loved all of it. In its wonderful, amazing, flawed ways, Bangalore is anything but Boring!