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This Bangalore itinerary lists all the places to visit in Bangalore in 1 day.
Bengaluru, popularly known as Bangalore is the capital city of Karantaka, a state in Southern India. Bangalore is also called the "Silicon Valley of India" thanks to the IT hub in the city. Not just that, Bangalore is home to some of the best colleges in India as well as some leading organisations. However, there's a softer side to this city. Bangalore is also famously known as the "Garden City" due to the vast, well-kept gardens scattered across the city. There are also a multitude of great cafes and restaurants in Bangalore. Apart from all this, Bangalore has some iconic sights such as the Vidhan Soudha and Bangalore Palace. So if you're looking to explore the city, here's a list of the top Bplaces to visit in Bangalore in 1 day.
Can You Spend Just 1 Day in Bangalore?
So the question remains - is it possible to spend only 1 day in Bangalore? How can I spend 1 day in Bangalore? How many days do I need to visit Bangalore?
The answer to all your questions lies in this Bangalore itinerary and travel guide. Not only will you see how to spend 24 hours in Bangalore but also discover the best places to eat in Bangalore and the best hotels in Bangalore.
So yes, even though it is possible to cover all the things to do in Bangalore in one day, if you have the option of spending the weekend here or a few more days then you will definitely find more things to do here.
Places to Visit in Bangalore in 1 Day - A One Day Bangalore Itinerary
While Bangalore may not be a place you'd want to spend many days in, but it's certainly a good place to visit on a weekend for even for one day. This Bangalore itinerary tell you all the places to visit in Bangalore in 1 day. But if you have more time, you can visit some of the other places here or even do a quick day trip to Mysuru.
1. Cubbon Park
Start your one day in Bangalore by taking an early-morning stroll in Cubbon Park. Among the hustle and bustle of the city, you’ll find this expansive area to be relaxed and calming. Here you’ll find people running, doing yoga, walking their dogs and even cycling. It’s great to see a whole bunch of people with varied interests coming together with one common intent - to relax and maintain their fitness. Granted that my image of Cubbon park doesn't look that appealing but trust me, this Bangalore park is better than my shoddy image of it.
Here is a complete guide to Cubbon Park - one of the best places to visit in Bangalore in 1 day.
2. Vidhan Soudha
Vidhan Soudha, an iconic landmark of Bangalore is just a short walking distance from Cubbon Park and one of the best places to visit in Bangalore in 1 day. Not only is it the state legislature of Karnataka, it is also the largest one in India. Vidhan Soudha in Karnataka is the epitome of grandeur. As a matter of fact, it costs 20 million rupees to maintain it’s splendour annually. Just opposite to this marvel lies the High Court of Karnataka, another beautiful building.
3. Breakfast at Little Green Cafe
It’s no doubt that there’s no shortage of awesome cafes in Bangalore. Because I had limited time and I wanted to visit one of the top instagrammble cafes in Bangalore, I walked toward Little Green Cafe. Because this cafe is a 15 minute walk from the Vidhan Soudha, you will save time when you have just one day in Bangalore.
From the minute I walked in, I fell in love with everything from the decor, the lights, the table tops, the cutlery to the extensive breakfast menu. I went for the Namaste Omelette, which was prepared in the Indian style using tomato, chillies and onions. It came with large toasts, a crunchy salad and grilled tomato. Everything on the plate was hearty and delicious. I honestly wish I could’ve come back here for lunch. In any case, there’s always a next time.
4. Bangalore Palace
Next stop is another iconic sight in Bangalore which can't be skipped from the places to visit in Bangalore in one day - the Bangalore Palace. Now, I felt the camera fees for the palace were a little steep. I bought a ticket for myself and paid a fee for just my DSLR camera, not my phone camera, which brought my total upto almost 1000 rupees.
Coming to the palace itself, the Bangalore Palace grounds were well-kept and gave away a great view of the palace. The tickets purchased can be used to access the grounds, the inside of the palace as well as a Bangalore Palace audio guide. The guides were insightful and gave away details about the palace, it’s residents and guests. Be sure to keep your ticket safe until the end of the visit since the staff does random checks at various points in the palace.
5. Tipu Sultan's Palace
After lunch, head to Tipu Sultan Palace which used to be the summer residence of Tipu Sultan, the ruler of the Kingdom Mysore during the 1700s. The rooms in the ground floor of the palace contain relics and pictures depicting Tipu Sultan and his reign. While the palace isn’t much and can be covered within 10-15 minutes, it’s just one of those Bangalore attractions which can’t be skipped and so I have included it in my 1-day Bangalore itinerary.
6. Lalbagh Botanical Garden
A visit to Bangalore will be incomplete if you haven’t visited one of the many Bangalore gardens. After all, Bangalore is known as Garden City for good reason. Take a leisurely evening stroll in one of the most popular gardens in Bangalore - Lalbagh garden. Make sure you visit the beautiful glass house which hosts flower shows twice a year. Not just that, there’s also a lake which you just can’t miss!
Now that you’ve covered the most important sights in Bangalore, it’s time to let down your hair and experience the Bangalore nightlife. Indiranagar is undoubtedly the most happening place in Bangalore. It’s flooded with all the biggest stores, some of the best cafes in Bangalore and of course, great pubs. So pick your poison and have a gala in this fantastic area because Indiranagar is the best place to end your one day in Bangalore.
8. Dinner at Truffles
No trip to Bangalore will be complete without paying a visit to what is one of the best cafes in Bangalore. Truffles, located in Indiranagar, as mentioned earlier, is famous for its burgers and cold coffees. I had the cheese burger and asked for a brownie points cold coffee to go with it. The coffee came with a whole brownie, pulled apart into pieces and a giant scoop of vanilla ice-cream, topped with some chocolate sauce. That one coffee was way too delicious and way too much for one person. The burger had fantastic flavour and the potato chips were yum. Without a doubt, it’s one of the must visit places in Bangalore.
Where to Stay in Bangalore
Being a big city, Bangalore has a range of accommodations. Whether you're looking for a budget stay or a five star hotel, you will find plenty of places to stay in Bangalore. Take a look at my best picks below.
If you're on a budget or simply looking to meet spirited people who are also visiting Bangalore, then consider booking a hostel in Bangalore. Having stayed in one myself, I can highly recommend Zostel Bangalore.
Zostel is a chain of backpacker hostels in India and their rooms, vibe, crowd and hospitality is always amazing. To top it off, Zostel Bangalore is located in the lively Indiranagar area, which is where all popular retsaurants, cafes and pubs in Bangalore are located. So it's safe to say that you will have a great time here!
A budget hotel set in Indiranagar Bangalore, Regenta In offers all the best amenities and clean rooms at budget-friendly prices. Apart from being close to a lot of cool places to see in Bangalore, they even offer a free breakfast comprised of both Indian and Continental dishes.
Boasting of a swimming pool, gym, restaurant, buffets and amazing rooms, La Marvella is a top choice of places to stay in Bangalore. Conveniently located close to all top companies as well as sightseeing spots in Bangalore, this hotel is a great choice or both business as well as personal trips.
Day Trips from Bangalore
Bangalore, the IT hub of India, has a number of young, dynamic people living and working here. So it is only natural that they would need to take a break and look for day trips or weekend getaways from Bangalore.
Even if you are just visiting Bangalore and happen to have more than just one day in Bangalore, I suggest that you take a getaway to one of the many beautiful places near Bangalore.
Goa is the ultimate beach destination in India and the best day trip or weekend getaway from Bangalore. If you have more than one day in Bangalore, then you've got to visit Goa! You can rent a car and drive the 560 km distance or find an overnight sleeper bus.
Once in Goa, you can party in North Goa or if you're looking for serenity and something offbeat then consider visiting the many beautiful beaches in South Goa. Whatever you choose to do, you will never run out of fun things to do in Goa. In any case, because I lived in Goa for 14 years, take a look at my insider's travel guide to Goa to help plan your perfect Goa trip.
If you take the overnight sleeper bus from Bangalore late in the evening, then you will find yourself in beautiful Kodaikanal early in the morning. Known as the 'Princess of Hill Stations', the town is nestled in the western ghats of India.
Apart from a lake, many churches and food joints, there are many things to do in Kodaikanal in 2 days, making it the perfect day trip from Bangalore.
Anywone living in or visiting India, especiall the Southern half of India, is well aware of this place. Gokarna is a small temple and beach town on the western coast of India, very close to Goa.
Apart from Hindu temples, there are many beaches in Gokarna. In fact, a Gokarna 5 beach trek is one of the best things to do here. And just like Kodaikanal, Gokarna is also an overnight journey from Bangalore.
No visit to Southern India would be complete if one did not visit Pondicherry - a former French colony that still retains the architecture and food culture of its colonisers.
You will find many overnight buses to Pondicherry from Bangalore and arrive there early in the am. There are many things to do in Pondicherry that are too much to mention here and so I have written a detailed Pondicherry itinerary and travel guide that you can refer to and plan your getaway from Bangalore.