Places to Visit in Bangalore During Holidays

Bangalore is a favourite destination for holidaymakers and it is also called the Garden City of India. This city is a globally acclaimed place for information technology. Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, exhibits rich traditional legacy and is also a high-tech city at the same time. Climatic conditions in the city are excellent. In view of these factors, many travellers and tourists, across Karnataka and the country, visit the city during all seasons.

The city has several tourist spots. If you are staying close to Bangalore, you can spend your weekend with your friends and family in this city. People residing in other parts of the country may make a visit to Bangalore during the holidays to take a break from their regular life and rejuvenate. There are many tourist places around the city of Bangalore as well. The following are the best places to visit in Bangalore during holidays:

Tipu Sultan Fort

  • Popular for: Architecture and history
  • Entry fee: Rs.15 is charged for Indian visitors and Rs.200 is charged for foreigners
  • Timings: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on all days
  • Duration: 45 minutes

Kempegowda, the founder of the city of Bangalore, originally built Tipu Sultan Fort in 1537 using mud bricks. The fort was further extended and renovated by Haider Ali, who used granite stones. In the year 1791, Tipu Sultan completed its construction. The fort has carved arches, pillars and balconies. It exhibits Islamic panache and also has a Ganesha temple. If you would like to know more about the history of the fort, then you have to visit the art gallery, which has a collection of photos, carvings and historical paintings. The Tipu Sultan Fort is located in the market area, which also attracts people for other reasons.

What can you do at the fort?

  • Shopping at the city market
  • Museum tour

Lal Bagh Botanical Garden

  • Popular for: Architecture, flora and flora
  • Entry fee: Rs.20 is charged for Indian visitors and Rs.15 is charged for children
  • Timings: 6:00 am to 7 pm on all days
  • Duration: 90 minutes

Lal Bagh Botanical Garden was renovated by Tipu Sultan but was originally built by Haider Ali. It was the London Crystal Palace that inspired the glasshouse in this garden. Needless to say, Lal Bagh Botanical Garden is one of the most eye-catching botanical gardens in India. Scattered across a straggling 240 acres of land, this garden has more than 1800 species of trees, plants and herbs. Another noticeable part of the garden is the lawn clock.

What can you do in the garden?

  • You can take courses on horticulture
  • You can explore the gardens

Bangalore Palace

  • Popular for: Architecture, history
  • Entry fee: Rs.230 is charged for Indian visitors and Rs.430 is charged for foreigners
  • Timings: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on all days
  • Duration: 90 minutes

Bangalore Palace attracts tourists for its unique style. It was Chamaraja Wodeyar who constructed the palace in 1884. He was inspired by the Windsor Castle situated in England. The palace is located at the centre of the city of Bangalore and represents a Tudor style structure. The astonishing architecture of the palace entices visitors. Spread across 430 acres of land, Bangalore Palace has attractive gardens as well. Currently, the garden is utilised in order to organise events and exhibitions.

What can you do at the palace?

  • Amusement park
  • Ground events such as concerts and book festivals
  • Palace tour

Cubbon Park

  • Popular for: Nature, gardens,
  • Entry fee: No entry fee
  • Timings: Open on all days
  • Duration: 90 minutes

Cubban Park is one the best places to visit in Bangalore during holidays. The chief engineer of Mysore, Richard Sankey, built this park across 300 acres of land. The well-managed lawns and the gigantic green parks gain the attention of visitors. It is a favourite spot for localities to take a long walk. Visitors of the park can spot the statues of popular personalities. They are mesmerised by the view of Cubbon Park, especially during evening hours.

What can you do at the palace?

  • You can relax
  • You can take a visit to the aquarium
  • Importantly, you can take a long way watching the true beauty of nature

The Government Museum

  • Popular for: Archaeology, History, Museum
  • Entry fee: Rs.250 is charged to foreigners and Rs.15 is charged to domestic visitors
  • Timings: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm on all days except Friday
  • Duration: 2.5 hours

The Government Museum was built in 1886. It has very rare collections from different eras. There are 18 galleries in the museum and these galleries have Neolithic finds of several civilisations and antique jewellery. Visitors can also find outdated paintings and incredible scriptures.

What can you do at the museum?

  • You can find Venkatappa Art Gallery
  • You can take a walk in the surrounding gardens.

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National Gallery of Modern Art

  • Popular for: History, art, painting
  • Entry fee: Rs.10 is charged for Indian visitors, Rs.1 is charged for kids and Rs.150 is charged for foreigners
  • Timings: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on all days
  • Duration: 2 hours

National Gallery of Modern Art is also a place to visit in Bangalore during holidays or a weekend. Visitors can take a look at over 500 paintings here. The artworks of Jamini Roy, Raj Ravi Verma, Rabindranath Tagore and Amrita Shergill have been displayed in the National Gallery of Modern Art. As per various time zones, the artworks of these great personalities have also been displayed and labelled.

What can you do at National Gallery of Modern Art?

  • You can visit the exhibitions organised at the museum
  • You can shop for paintings

Vidhana Soudha

  • Popular for: Landmark, legislative assembly, architecture
  • Entry fee: You cannot enter into the building unless you get permission
  • Timings: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm open from Monday to Friday
  • Duration: 45 minutes

Vidhana Soudha represents Dravidian architecture. It is a famous landmark in the city of Bangalore. Entry is restricted in the building. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone in the year 1951. The construction was completely finished in the year 1956.

What can you do at Vidhana Soudha?

  • You can view the great architecture of the High Court of the city of Bangalore
  • You can rest at Cubbon Park

Chola Temples

The Garden City of Bangalore was reigned by Chola Empire for more than 100 years. The inscription of the Cholas may be seen from the several temples built by them. The temples built by the Cholas are 1500 plus years old. They include Sri Anand Lingeshwara Temple, Halasuru Someshwara Temple, Madiwala Someshwara Temple and Domlur Chokkanathaswamy Temple.

Iskcon Temple

  • Popular for: Architecture, Iskcon
  • Entry fee: No fee
  • Timings: 4:00 am - 5 am, 7:15 am – 1 pm and 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm on all days
  • Duration: 2 hours

The devotees of Radha Krishna visit Iskcon Temple on a Krishna Janmashtami in huge numbers. They experience spiritual fervour and enjoy the beauty of the architecture. The temple is located at a prime locality in Bangalore. Several activities are organised at the temple. Some of the most commonly organised activities include cultural programs and youth programs.

What can you do at the temple?

  • You can buy books authored on Lord Krishna
  • You can also shop for mementoes

Bannerghatta National Park

  • Popular for: Adventure, wildlife
  • Entry fee: Rs.260 is charged for Indian visitors, Rs.130 is charged for kids and Rs.400 is charged for foreigners
  • Timings: 9 am – 5 pm on all days
  • Duration: 2 hours

Bannerghatta National Park is a famous place to visit in Bangalore on a weekend. It is an ideal spot for the lovers of wildlife. The objective of the park is to spread the relevance of wildlife protection. The other attraction around the park is the butterfly farm.

What can you do at the park?

  • Zoo
  • Boating
  • Jungle Safari
  • Butterfly farm

Lakes in Bangalore

  • Popular for: Nature, lakes,
  • Entry fee: No entry fees
  • Timings: Open on all days
  • Duration: 45 minutes

The city has several lakes, which are famous for various categories of flora, fishes, avifauna, etc. Sankey Tank, Kengeri Lake, Hesaraghatta Lake, Ulsoor Lake, Agara Lake, Lalbagh Lake, Kaikondrahalli Lake and Varthur Lake are some of the lakes around the city.


  • Popular for: Temples, history
  • Entry fee: No entry fees
  • Timings: Open all days

It is the place where Pandavas stayed for some years. The bilingual saint poet Saint Narayanappa stayed here between the 18th and the 19th century. A majority of poems written by him have been dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The place is also famous for the following points:

  • Amaranarayana Swamy Temple
  • Laxmana Theertha
  • Kailasagiri Cave Temple
  • Bheemalingeshwara Temple
  • Yoginarayana Mutt

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