A complete day tour of Bangalore: For first-time visitors
Dating back to the 15th century A.D, the beautiful city of Bangalore was founded by Sri Kempe Gowda, a feudatory ruler of the Vijayanagar Empire. This city boasts everything from prehistoric temples to the country’s technologically advanced high-tech industries. This city is also blessed with captivating natural splendour, owing to its location on the Deccan Plateau. A globetrotter or a travel freak will find a one-day tour of Bangalore rejuvenating to the soul.
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For me travelling means freedom, it means discovering self in the most remarkable ways. It refreshes my mind from the hectic and monotonous schedule of life. Bangalore known as the “Garden City” boasts a plethora of unique sites to explore and is never enough for a day visit. However, due to time shortage, my sister and I decided to tour the essential places in 24 hours. I had the privilege of staying at my sister’s place in Indira Nagar and we planned a day trip around Bangalore on the weekends. But if you don’t have your relatives staying nearby, you can always book hotels in Bangalore and get great deals on your stay. After breakfast, we started our journey by car at 7.30 am and my nephews and brother-in-law accompanied us for the trip. Here is a detailed overview of our entire expedition.
Visited the Tipu Sultan – Summer Palace
Inside view of Tipu Sultan’s Palace
We started our trip by visiting the Tipu Sultan – Summer palace which was built during 1778-1784 AD and is also known as Daria Daulat. It has an Indo-Islamic architecture and was initially the place where the Mysorean ruler, Tipu Sultan resided. The structure was built with teak and stands decorated with pillars, arches and balconies. There are magnificent floral motifs adorning the walls of the palace which are called frescos which I was attracted to, the most. Besides, we also witnessed the stone staircases that lead to an open area initially used as durbars by the Sultan to receive his special visitors. But what appealed to us the most was Tipu Sultan’s clothes and his crown that was showcased in silver and gold pedestals.
Explored the Bannerghatta National Park
View of different animals at Bannerghatta National Park
After being absorbed in the late 18th-century history of the Tipu sultan, we headed towards the Bannerghatta National Park situated on the outskirts of the city. The Park is open for visitors from 9 am to 5 pm. However, we visited there around 11 am and got ourselves tickets from the main entry point. As we entered, we saw the Suvarnamukhi stream, from the Suvarnamukhi hills running through the park. The national park boasts of a Zoo, Children’s park, Crocodile Farm, Butterfly Park and a Museum. It was established in the year of 1971 and is spread across 104. 27 sq. km. My two nephews were too excited to see the tigers, leopards, jackals, foxes, wild pigs, sambar and spotted deer from a distance. The Bannerghatta National Park brags of exquisite flora, the teak forest along with sandal, neem, Eucalyptus to name a few.
Enjoyed the rides at Wonderla Amusement Park
Waterslide at Wonderla
Our next stop was the famous amusement park Wonderla in Bangalore. There are two types of entrance tickets which you can avail of here, the Regular tickets and the Fastrack tickets. The Fastrack tickets are available in limited numbers, so we suggest booking them in advance. We bought regular tickets as the queue was short. After taking the tickets, we started with a “splash pool” where we were pushed to a pool after travelling through a long tube. This ride was too much fun. Since I had vertigo, I did not try the Wavy and the Vertical Fall because the ride was all about falling from the top of a six-storey building into a pool via a slide. But if you love trying thrilling rides, you can opt for this. My sister had a great time while riding this and went twice for it. We also participated in Rain Dance and had a fab time in Wonderla. My younger nephew also went for kid rides such as Magic Mushroom and the Mini Pirate Ship.
Exotic dinner at Barbeque Nation
BBQ Paneer at Barbecue Nation
It was time for dinner and we were extremely hungry after an exhausting voyage to the above locations. My brother-in-law suggested that we try Barbeque Nation which was a 45-minute journey from the park. We were welcomed with a complimentary drink. Besides, we were also served delicious preparations from both Indian and International cuisines. We savoured lip-smacking coastal BBQ fish, BBQ paneer and Reshmi chicken tikka for our starters. Then, we ordered a spicy platter of chilli garlic noodles and chilli garlic prawns for the main course. The boys had strawberry kulfi and we enjoyed creamy malai kulfi as desserts. The food quality was amazing and you can check out this place for lunch or dinner with your family to satiate all your BBQ cravings.
After dinner, we came back to my sister’s place. It was an amazing experience touring around Bangalore. With the right planning and a brilliant choice of places, you too can experience the best day in Bangalore and take a mini-break from the monotonous city life.