7 Day Bangalore Travel Itinerary
Officially known as Bengaluru, Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka state in India. With rich traditions and modern technology, Bangalore is a vibrant city. Also known as Garden City and City of Lakes, Bangalore has plenty of things that it can offer to its visitors. Being born and brought up in this amazing city, I have immense fondness towards its culture, heritage, and party scenes. This 7 day Bangalore travel itinerary will take you through the flavours and charm this city provides.
Bangalore welcomes visitors with pleasant weather year-round, making it an appealing destination anytime. However, for those seeking the enchanting crisp mornings and romantic breezes, the winter season from November to February stands out as the ideal time to experience the city’s delightful climate. If you want to see Bangalore decorated with the Pink Trumpet Flowers, then you must visit the city during the spring season from March to May.
– Written by Raksha Nagaraj from Bengaluru Prayana
- 7 Day Bangalore Travel Itinerary
- Days 1 and 2: Basavanagudi and Gavipuram
- Days 3 and 4: Malleshwaram and Surrounds
- Day 5: Nandi Hills
- Day 6: Mahatma Gandhi (MG) Road and Surrounds
- Day 7: Bannerghatta National Park
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7 Day Bangalore Travel Itinerary
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Days 1 and 2: Basavanagudi and Gavipuram
On your first two days of Bangalore itinerary, spend time exploring and wandering around the two oldest areas of Bangalore city.
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Following your breakfast on any of the day, head to one of the oldest public parks in Bangalore, Lalbagh Botanical Garden. Spread across 240 acres, Lalbagh Botanical Garden was commissioned by Hyder Ali in 1760 and later completed by his son Tipu Sultan. Lalbagh translates to “Red Garden” in English, named after the vibrant Lalbagh Rock that stands majestically in the garden.
Home to a diverse collection of exotic plants, flowers, and trees, Lalbagh is a horticultural paradise and one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. The garden houses a unique glasshouse, inspired by London’s Crystal Palace, which hosts bi-annual flower shows attracting enthusiasts from around the country. Lalbagh’s famous flower clock, designed with seasonal flowerbeds, is another attraction. With plenty of things to do in the park, stroll around and see some of the highlights.
Gavipuram Heritage Walk
With old buildings and houses, Gavipuram Heritage Walk is perfect to see and explore the oldest area of the city. Starting from Kempambudhi lake and finishing at Hari Hara Gudda, this trail is for history enthusiasts. The walk is around 1.5 kilometres and passes through many landmarks and historical places.
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is a unique and ancient cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Gangadhareshwara. Believed to have been built in the 9th century by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore, the temple features a large Shiva Linga and intricate sculptures. One of the remarkable aspects of the temple is the phenomenon that occurs during Makar Sankranti when sunlight passes through the horns of the Nandi (bull) idol and illuminates the Shiva Linga in the inner sanctum. This celestial event draws devotees and tourists alike to witness the temple’s unique architecture and natural alignment. Carved out of a monolithic rock, the temple is known for its architectural marvel and historical significance.
Top Restaurants to Try in Bangalore/Bengaluru
Mavalli Tiffin Room
On one of the days, start your day by having a delicious and authentic breakfast at Mavalli Tiffin Room (MTR). Founded in 1924, MTR is a renowned vegetarian restaurant located next to Lalbagh Botanical Garden. You must try the Bisibele Bath and filter coffee.
Founded in 1943, Vidhyarthi Bhavan is another popular restaurant serving authentic South Indian food. With more than 3000 people walking in each day, this heritage restaurant is something not to be missed.
Thindi Beedhi at VV Puram
Bangalore has an entire street dedicated to street food. With many food stalls serving all kinds of food and dishes, ending the day at Thindi Beedhi is a unique experience to have.
Days 3 and 4: Malleshwaram and Surrounds
Situated in the northern part of Bangalore, Malleshwaram is another area that is one of the oldest areas in the city.
Kadu Malleshwaram Temple
Dating back to the 17th century, Kadu Malleshwara Temple is an ancient temple in Bangalore. The area of Malleshwaram is named after the deity of the temple, Malleshwara. It was built by Venkoji, brother of Maratha King Shivaji and has a huge religious importance among the residents.
Built in 1882 by Colonel Richard Hieram Sankey, the then chief engineer of Mysore, Sankey Tank was initially created as a reservoir to meet the water needs of Bangalore. The tank is one of the oldest artificial lakes in the city and has historical importance. The tank area has been developed into a picturesque park, offering a serene and green environment amidst the bustling city. You can visit Sankey Tank for leisurely walk, and to enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings.
Malleshwaram Street Art Walk
Malleshwaram is popular for its art. And hence has a Malleshwaram Street Art Trail with 12 murals, depicting and showcasing the childhood memories of Malleshwaram area. Created as part of the project Malleshwaram Hogona by a group of artists Geechugalu, these murals hold a dear place among the locals. The walk is just around 2 kilometres and can easily be done in less than an hour.
Top Places to Eat in Bangalore/Bengaluru
Famous for its Benne Masala Dose, Shri Sagar CTR is a famous food joint in Malleshwaram. The restaurant is favourite among the locals, tourists, and celebrities. As it is usually very crowded, be prepared to wait in a long queue to get in.
With authentic vegetarian food and traditional ambience, Halli Mane in Malleshwaram is a must-visit restaurant. It has plenty of food options, but you must try their Akki and Ragi rottis.
Day 5: Nandi Hills
Nandi Hills | Photo by Vishal Anand on Unsplash
On the fifth day of your itinerary, go on a journey to the nearby hill station of Nandi Hills, approximately 60 kilometers from Bangalore. Nandi Hills is a popular destination celebrated for its breathtaking scenic beauty and historical importance. Standing at an elevation of 1,478 metres, the hill provides sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding villages and towns. The hill station derives its name from the ancient Nandi Temple situated atop the hills, and the area has abundant natural landscapes with lush greenery and delightful weather. En route, make sure to make a pitstop at the historic Devanahalli Fort, dating back to the 16th century, adding an enriching historical dimension to your excursion.
Note that the highway has plenty of eateries and you can stop at any of them for local food and dishes.
Day 6: Mahatma Gandhi (MG) Road and Surrounds
On the sixth day of your Bangalore itinerary, explore the MG road and the surrounding streets and areas.
Ulsoor Someshwara Temple
Situated in the Ulsoor locality of Bangalore, Ulsoor Someshwara Temple is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the name of Someshwara. Believed to date back to the Chola period, the temple has intricate architecture and has major cultural significance in the city. It showcases Dravidian style of architecture with detailed carvings and sculptures depicting mythological stories. The temple’s sanctum sanctorum houses the main deity, Lord Someshwara, while the complex also features other shrines dedicated to various gods and goddesses.
Established in 1870, Cubbon Park covers an area of 300 acres. Offering a refreshing retreat in the heart of the city, Cubbon Park is one of the favourite public parks among the locals. Named after Sir Mark Cubbon, the then Commissioner of Mysuru, the park is adorned with a diverse range of indigenous and exotic plant species, enhancing its botanical charm. Visitors can see the massive trees, vibrant flowerbeds, thematic gardens, and ornamental structures within the park. Cubbon Park also houses important government buildings and cultural institutions, making it a central hub for leisure, recreation, and cultural activities in Bangalore.
Completed in 1956, Vidhana Soudha is the seat of government in Karnataka and serves as the legislative assembly building for the state. Built in Neo-Dravidian and Indo-Saracenic architectural styles, the structure showcases a grand facade, intricate carvings, and a central dome, showcasing an amalgamation of cultural and architectural heritage. The landmark is a symbol of political and administrative prowess.
Located in the heart of Bangalore, Commercial Street is one of the most iconic and bustling shopping destinations in Bangalore. The street is home to both street markets and upscale boutiques, catering to the varied tastes and preferences of shoppers. From traditional Indian wear to trendy Western clothing, Commercial Street has it all.
Unique Restaurants to Try in Bangalore/Bengaluru
If you love tea, then Infinitea is the place for you. You can try various tea flavours at this restaurant enjoying Italian cuisine. Situated on Cunningham Road, this restaurant is a personal favourite.
Started in 1940 as a bakery, Koshy’s on St Mark’s Road is the city’s legendary restaurant. Ensure you try the sandwiches and coffee.
Day 7: Bannerghatta National Park
On your last day, experience one of the most rewarding activities available in the city.
Volunteer at Bear Rescue Centre
At Bannerghatta National Park, you can volunteer at the Bear Rescue Centre for one or multiple days. With around 60 rescued sloth bears, activities include data entry of health records, preparing bear food, cleaning enclosures, and crafting enrichment items for the bears. This activity is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts and for people who want to make a difference in society. It is important to note that close contact or touching the bears is not permitted during these meaningful volunteer engagements.
With this 7 day Bangalore travel itinerary, you will have visited most of the city highlights and places. From the green Lalbagh Botanical Gardens to the bustling street of Commercial Street, each day in Bangalore provides a new adventure.
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