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How to Spend 3 Days in Bangalore

How to Spend 3 Days in Bangalore

With three days in Bangalore, you can not only check out some of the city’s most fabulous temples, gardens, and palaces, but you’ll also have time left over to go on a day trip or two. Here’s how to plan a 3-day trip to the city.

Day 1: Palaces and Gardens

Spend your first day familiarizing yourself with some of Bangalore’s most important attractions. Start with Tipu Sultan’s Palace, an 18th-century structure made of teakwood. While the exteriors themselves make the palace worth a visit, the interiors are the true star here. See gorgeous old frescoes, royal memorabilia, and a copy of Tipu's Tiger, an automaton toy depicting a tiger devouring a soldier (the original is in a museum in London). Then stop by the lovely Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, with walking paths, a lake, and a 19th-century glass house. From here, make your way over to Bangalore Palace, a huge complex that mixes Tudor, Gothic, Victorian, and neoclassical architecture. Some of the rooms here are open to visitors, while part of the palace still serves as a royal residence.

Day 2: Day Trip to Mysore

Get an early start on your second day to visit Mysore, 90 miles (145 kilometers) from Bangalore. The city is known as the birthplace of Ashtanga yoga, and many travelers visit to study yoga. However, the star attraction is Mysore Palace, an early 20th-century Indo-Saracenic palace with artwork and elegant royal interiors. Other local attractions include the Chamundeshwari Temple, with Dravidian architecture; the neo-Gothic St. Philomena's Cathedral; and the sprawling Brindavan Gardens, terraced gardens with regular fountain shows. Don’t leave town without sampling some of the city’s best-known culinary delicacies, including Mysore pak, a famous sweet made from ghee, sugar, and gram flour, and the Mysore masala dosa, a crepe with spicy chutney and mild seasoned potatoes.

Day 3: Temples

Bangalore and the surrounding area is full of temples old and new; devote your third day to checking out some of the finest. These include the 16th-century Bull Temple (Dodda Ganeshana Gudi), named for its gargantuan statue of Nandi, the bovine steed of Lord Shiva. Another popular temple, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Temple is a modern complex high on a hillside. Its popular Higher Taste vegetarian restaurant is a great option for lunch. Alternatively, take a day trip out to two of the finest temples in the region: the Chennakesava Temple, in the town of Somnathpur, and the temples of Talakadu. The Chennakesava Temple dates to the 13th century and features three shrines and art-covered ceilings. Talakadu includes dozens of temples, and while many were submerged in sand (due to a curse, as the story goes), a few have been excavated and are popular pilgrimage sites.

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8-Hour Custom Private Tour of Bengaluru

8-Hour Custom Private Tour of Bengaluru

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Go on a whirlwind visit of Bangalore's top sights or slow things down and spend time at just a few favorites with this eight-hour customizable tour. You'll have access to an air-conditioned car with a driver for eight hours along with a private guide who can help you figure out your perfect itinerary.
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  • 8 hours
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 Private Full-Day Bangalore City Tour

Private Full-Day Bangalore City Tour

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Explore the highlights of Bangalore with your own private guide on a full-day tour of top attractions including ISKCON Temple. You'll also take in the Tudor-style architecture of Bangalore Palace, see the tucked away remnants of Tipu Sultan Fort and Palace, stroll the lush grounds of Lalbagh Botanical Garden, and visit the rock-cut caves of Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple. Learn about the history of Bangalore from your guide as you travel in your own private vehicle on a tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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Experiential Culture Tour of Bangalore

Experiential Culture Tour of Bangalore

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Uncover the true essence of Bangalore on an immersive, experiential tour. Ditch the guidebook and discover the Bangalore known to the locals; exploring hidden alleyways and experiencing markets, secret temples, slum projects, scrapyards, craft workshops, and more. Your itinerary is fluid, evolving on route around your group’s wishes. Choose a 4-hour tour with breakfast (own expense) or an 8-hour tour with lunch (own expense).
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour: Palaces of Bangalore

Private Tour: Palaces of Bangalore

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Experience the grandeur of regal Bangalore as you visit its magnificent palaces and forts on this 5-hour tour. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you walk the ramparts of Bangalore Fort and learn its fascinating history. Next, tour the 18th-century Tipu Sultan's Palace, once the sultan’s lavish summer residence, then marvel over the Tudor-style architecture of Bangalore Palace. This private tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Mysore Day Trip from Bangalore

Mysore Day Trip from Bangalore

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This action-packed day trip takes you from Bangalore to Mysore and back. You’ll see a silk cocoon market, sugarcane fields, major temples and palaces, and you’ll dine with relatives of Mysore’s royal family. If time permits you may visit a bird sanctuary and take a boat tour. Tour price includes guide services and roundtrip transport from your hotel in Bangalore.
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  • 14 hours
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Bangalore Foodie Tour

Bangalore Foodie Tour

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One of the best ways to experience a new city is to try its food. On this Bangalore foodie tour, you’ll tour central streets and hidden alleyways to find the best food spots. By traveling with a local insider, you won’t have to worry about getting lost, and you’ll also discover local eateries that you wouldn’t find alone. Along the way, you’ll hear fascinating stories about the city, and enjoy multiple tastings.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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4-Hour Private Photowalk Tour in Bengaluru

4-Hour Private Photowalk Tour in Bengaluru

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See beautiful Bangalore with a photographer’s eye on this private photowalk. You’ll begin early morning in the lively Grand Flower Market, where trucks arrive laden with fresh blooms and petals. Next you’ll visit the centuries-old Bangalore Fort, Hindu Temple Kote Venkataramana, and Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace. Your guide will lead you from site to site with careful attention to safety.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Bengaluru Food Walking Tour with Dinner

Private Bengaluru Food Walking Tour with Dinner

Joining locals over street food is a great way to get to know a city. This 3-hour private evening food tour puts it on a plate for you, with a guided walk along Bengaluru’s famous Food Street, known as Thindi Beedi. Sample local street favorites like 'dosas' (rice pancakes), 'holige' (sweet flatbreads) and more, enjoying tastings equivalent to a delicious, filling dinner. Upgrade to include hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Bengaluru Pub Crawler - Nightlife Walking Tour

Bengaluru Pub Crawler - Nightlife Walking Tour

Bengaluru, AKA Bangalore, has some of the best nightlife in India, and with this pub crawl experience you'll get to drink your way through some of the finest watering holes. You'll visit the first American craft brewery in India, a good place to eat or play darts before heading to the Church Street Social, a popular local hangout. You'll then go to two more bars, including the city's first craft brewery!
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  • 4 hours
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