Best Of Bangalore - 48 Hours Itinerary

Best of Bangalore – 48 Hours Itinerary

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Do you want to experience Bangalore like never before? Are you in the city for the first time? Have you not planned for the visit? Don’t worry. we have got your back. There are more places to visit in Bangalore than the crowded malls and pubs. Here is the perfect two-day itinerary to get the finest of the city. 

Bangalore, officially known as Bengaluru is the capital and the largest city of Karnataka. It is one of the metropolitan cities and the third most populated city in India. It is located on Deccan Plateau at 920 meters above sea level and its elevation is the highest among the major cities of India.

Bangalore is also called the “Garden City” due to the numerous gardens and parks it houses. It is also known as the “Silicon Valley of India” and “IT Capital of India”, because of the rapid increase in IT industries and the consistent increase in the number of start-ups.

Bangalore Itinerary

Best Time To Visit

At 920 meters above sea level, Bangalore is pleasant to visit throughout the year. The summers (March to May) are warm while the winters (November to February) are cool. It rains heavily during the Southwest Monsoon season (June to September).

How To Reach?

By Air

Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru (Airport code: BLR) is located about 30 Km from the city center. It is the third busiest airport in India which handles both domestic and international flights. It connects to most prime cities of India including Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and Pune at regular intervals. It also acts as a stop-over for many connecting flights. You can take public transport or private cabs right outside the airport to reach your destination.

By Train

Bangalore City Railway Station (Station Code: SBS), officially known as Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna (KSR), and Yesvantpur Junction Railway Station (Station Code: YPR) are the two important stations in Bangalore. It operates regular trains that connect with all the major Indian cities. Hire a cab or auto from here to reach different parts of the city.

By Road

The roads in Bangalore are well-connected and well-maintained. KSRTC, the state-owned public transport company operates city buses within the city limits and also state buses that connect to neighboring states daily. You can also hop onto a private-run bus that links your city. This is the cheapest mode of transport.

Getting Around

Traveling by road in the city is bliss as it has perfect weather except for the traffic. It is known as the city, where distance is measured in time. You can avoid the traffic by traveling in the “Namma Metro” which connects the major hot spots in the city.

As a growing city, Bangalore is home to many startups like Drivezy, Bounce, Royal Brothers, ONN Bikes, Zoomcar, Revv, Vroom, and Vogo which are popular rental services. You can hire the ride of your choice at a competitive price. 

Note: Popular taxi services like Ola and Uber are available.

Languages Spoken

Kannada is the official language of Karnataka. As most people speak English and Hindi efficiently in Bangalore, there will be barely any communication hassle.

Where To Stay?

You can choose your stay from budget boutique hotels that start as low as Rs. 800 to modern 5-star hotels starting from Rs. 2500 based on your budget. You can also stay in your favorite International hotel chains. Also, note that Bangalore is a vast city where commuting between different places consumes time. So, choose your accommodation wisely.

Here are a few recommendations.


Where To Eat?

You can get all varieties of food be it gourmet or buffet everything from North Indian, South Indian, Asian, and Western fast food(s) in Bangalore. The city is also referred to as the “Pub Capital of India” as it accommodates over 800 bars and clubs. Some popular nightspots are Windmill Craftworks, Big Brewsky, and Pecos.

Some of the famous and must-try dishes when in Bangalore are Death By Chocolate at Corner House (Multiple branches), Tender Coconut Chicken Kebab at Ujwal Bar & Restaurant (Vasanthnagar), Benne Masala Dosa at CTR (Malleshwaram), Kesari Bath and Idly Vada at Brahmin’s Coffee Bar (Shankarapura), and Donne Biryani at Shivaji Military Hotel (Jayanagar).

Note: Reliable food delivery services like Swiggy and Zomato are available that deliver food to your doorstep

Day 1

1. Start Your Day At The Famous ISKCON Temple

Bangalore Iskcon Temple

This temple built for the Hindu god Krishna is a mix of modern, spiritual, and traditional architecture. The temple is well maintained, the ambiance is serene and the continuous chanting fills the place with positive vibes and energy. There is also a pond on the temple premises. Free prasad (holy offering) is distributed to everyone visiting the temple.

  • Nearest Metro: 5 minutes walk from “Mahalakshmi” metro station. 
  • Timings: On weekdays from 7:15 AM to 1 PM and from 4 PM to 8:20 PM. On weekends and public holidays from 7.15 AM to 8:30 PM.
  • Time Required: Approximately 1 hour.
  • Entry Fee: Free

2. Virtual Interstellar Travel At Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

The Sky Theatre at the Planetarium is the star attraction. The projection is made on the hemispherical dome. To educate and engage the audience, the visuals are matched with narration and music. The show simulates the realistic projection of the night sky with an absolute black backdrop.

The Exhibition Hall has posters, video clips, and message boards. The fun part is the weighing machine that displays the possible weight of a person on the various planets and our moon.

The Science Park with over 40 exhibits was developed to have fun while learning science. A globe of the earth and Anti-gravity cottage, Ames room, and Jantar Mantar models are a few that shouldn’t be missed. 

Situated opposite the Planetarium, The Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain is the first computerized musical fountain in India, inaugurated in 1995. This fountain show is like any other musical fountain show and is ideal for kids and families. You can also take a leisurely stroll in the park which has a play area and quick bites.

Visit the nearby National Military Memorial where you can see a few models of aircraft, battle tanks, and a granite etched with 22,000 war heroes’ names.

  • Nearest Metro: About a 10-minute walk from “Cubbon Park” metro station. 
  • Time Required for Planetarium: Around 2 hours
  • Time Required for Fountain Show: Around 1 hour
  • Timings for Planetarium: 10 AM to 5:30 PM, closed on Mondays and second Tuesdays
  • Timings for Fountain Park: 10 AM to 4 PM and 5 PM to 8:30 PM, closed on Mondays and second Tuesdays
  • Planetarium Entry Fee: Rs. 75 for adults, Rs. 50 for kids below 16 years and children below 3 years are not allowed.
  • Fountain Show Entry Fee: Rs. 30 for Adults and Rs. 10 for children (The price includes park entry, fountain show, and Military Memorial)
  • Sky Theatre Show Info: 40 minutes each; To Worlds Beyond (Kannada at 10:30 AM and English at 12:30 PM) and Celestial Fireworks (Kannada at 2:30 PM and English at 4:30 PM)
  • Fountain Show Info: 2 Evening shows except on Mondays and second Tuesdays; 7 PM and 7:30 PM

3. Glimpse Into The Life Of Historical Monarchs At Bangalore Palace

Bangalore Palace

The Bangalore Palace was built in 1878 by Chamaraja Wadiyar in Tudor Revival style architecture. The Palace was built to look like a smaller replica of Windsor Castle in England. The interior is decorated with wood carvings, floral motifs, cornices, and relief paintings on the ceiling. The furniture is neo-classical, Victorian, and Edwardian in style. The gardens surrounding the palace are used for hosting several events. The Palace is now open to the public and is one of the prime attractions in Bangalore.

  • Nearest Metro: About 3 Km from “Cubbon Park” metro station. 
  • Timings: From 10 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Time Required: Around 2 hours
  • Entry Fee: Rs. 230 for Indians and Rs. 460 for Foreigners

4. Peruse The Street Bazaar 

Commercial Street Shivaji Nagar Bangalore

If you are a shopaholic, then the best bet is the commercial street in Shivaji Nagar. You can find almost everything including delicious street food, clothes, bags, jewelry, and footwear. The streets are filled with shops on both sides of the road. The place gets wonderfully busybodied in the evening.  

  • Tip: Bargain for cheaper rates
  • Nearest Metro: 20 minutes walk (about 1.5 Km) from “Cubbon Park” and “MG Road” metro stations. 
  • Timings: Most of the shops open by 10 AM and close by 8 PM
  • Time Required: Around 2 hours

5. Soak In Soothing Sunset By Lake

There are numerous lakes in and around Bangalore, some of which offer boating as well. The sidewalk coupled with the stone bench makes for a romantic spot, especially during the golden hours. Visit the nearest one. 

  • Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM, closed on Wednesdays
  • Time Required: Approximately 1 hour
  • Entry Fee: Free

6. Eat Your Way Through VV Puram Food Street

VV Puram Food Street Bangalore

Popularly known as “Thindi Beedi” in Kannada, the VV Puram Food Street is a delight for any hungry soul as it caters to everything vegetarian. The 150-meter street is packed with food stalls with varieties of North Indian, South Indian, and Chinese dishes. This street comes to life late in the evening and is usually crowded during the weekends, but who cares when the plate is filled with juicy food? A few of the must-try include Tandoori Chai, Fire Pan, Twister Potatoes, Gulkand, Nitrogen Waffles, and Fried Ice Cream.

The food street hosts “Averekai Mela” annually during December/January which became popular over the years. Most of the dishes are prepared using hyacinth beans or locally known as “Averekai”.

  • Nearest Metro: 10 minutes walk from “National College” metro station. 
  • Timings: Most of the shops open by 5 PM and close by 9 PM
  • Time Required: Around 2 hours

If you find some extra time to spare, you can relax at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden or visit the Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace which is located close by.

Also read: How to eat street food and not get sick?

Day 2

1. Gaze At Dawn’s First Light From Gulakamale Lake

Gulakamale Lake

Gulakamale Lake is one of the offbeat places in Bangalore to watch an early sunrise. Watching the sunrise from small bridges offers a very picturesque view. You can also take a stroll along the path that surrounds the lake.

  • Nearest Metro: Around 10 Km from “Silk Institute” Metro station
  • Timings: Open at all times
  • Time Required: 1 hour
  • Entry Fee: Free

2. Become One With Nature At Thottikallu Falls

About 2 Km from Gulakamale Lake is the Thottikallu Waterfalls. It is also known as TK Falls and Swarna Mukthi meaning golden-faced, as the sun rays fall directly on the waterfalls. Go to the falls only during the rainy season, as it has no water in summer. Although the waterfalls belong to the Forest Department, you are good to go unless a police officer stops you. 

  • Nearest Metro: Around 12 Km from “Silk Institute” Metro station
  • Timings: Open 24 hours but advised to visit during the daytime.
  • Time Required: 1 to 2 hours
  • Best time to visit: During the rainy season (Aug, Sept, Oct)
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Note: No changing rooms, toilets, or food stalls near the falls

3. Day Tour At Bannerghatta Biological Park

Bannerghatta Biological Park

The Bannerghatta Biological Park plays an important role in protecting and conserving the wildlife and environment. Around 2300 animals belonging to 103 species are being protected in their natural habitat. Several initiatives have been taken to entertain the tourists. This amazing experience is a definite ‘Do Not Miss!’ 

The Safari allows visitors to watch the wild animals in their naturalistic environment. The visitors can enjoy a thrilling experience observing the wild animals in close proximity in different safari zones such as lions, tigers, herbivores, and bears. The Zoo was established in the year 1971 as a picnic corner. Various mammals, reptiles, and birds of both exotic and Indian origin are displayed in safe captivity. You can also take a Boat Ride in the Kavalkere within the zoo premises.

The Museum, located within the complex, displays various animal trophies, skeletons, photographs, and fossils. The Butterfly Park was inaugurated in 2007 and hosts around 48 distinct species of butterflies. The three-dome structure houses a butterfly conservatory, museum, and multi-media center.

The tickets must be purchased online at

Tip: Although the bus safaris are much cheaper, we recommend you take the Non-AC Jeep Safari to get the best experience and it is worth the price.

  • Non-AC Jeep Safari Combo Price (Zoo+Safari+Butterfly Park+Camera): Rs. 3500 for 6-seaters and Rs. 4500 for 8-seaters
  • Nearest Metro: Around 15 Km from “Silk Institute” Metro station
  • Timings: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM; closed on Tuesdays
  • Time Required: 4 to 5 hours
  • Parking: Available at an extra fee
  • Boating Fee: For 30 minutes, Rs. 50 per head and Rs. 250 for full boat hire

4. Stop By The Beautiful Hilltop Temple At Bannerghatta Hills

Bannerghatta Hills

Sri Champakadhama Swamy Temple, located at the foothills of Bannerghatta Hills is of immense historical importance dating back to the 12th century. Climb around 200 steps to reach the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at the hilltop. As you ascend the hills, you can see the panoramic forest views. Reaching the summit during twilight makes the entire journey more colorful and scenic. 

  • Nearest Metro: Around 14 Km from “Silk Institute” Metro station
  • Timings: Open from 6 AM to 12 PM and from 5 PM to 7 PM
  • Time Required: 2 hours
  • Entry Fee: Free

If you have an extra day to spend, Wonderla Amusement Park (24 Km from Mysore Road metro station) would be a great choice. If you have 48 hours, take a tour of the second-largest city in Karnataka, Mysore.

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