Bangalore Tours & Holidays
Join us on a holiday to Bangalore
Vibrant and modern, Bangalore is a charming city that seamlessly blends old and new.
As the capital of the Karnataka state, it is home to impressive glitzy skyscrapers and a flourishing culinary and nightlife scene, as well as Victorian architecture and a variety of green spaces. One of India's most progressive cities, it serves as the country's technology hub and has plenty in the way of trendy bars and cool cafes.
Cubbon Park offers a green respite in the middle of the city, and is home to landmarks including the grand Vidhana Soudha legislative building. Elsewhere, the 19th-century Bangalore Palace, a former royal residence modelled on the UK's own Windsor Castle, intrigues visitors with its opulent interiors and eclectic collection of art, while Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace is an elegant example of Indo-Islamic design. The 16th-century Bull Temple, meanwhile, is home to a large sculpture of Nandi, Shiva's bull, and is nestled inside a pleasant park.
Want to explore the best of South India? Our tour packages from Bangalore provide the chance to explore the history, culture, traditions and natural sights in this enigmatic region, from the ornate architecture of Mysore to the beaches of Kerala.
Things to do in Bangalore
Wondering where to visit on your tour of Bangalore? Thankfully there are plenty of landmarks and attractions to choose from. In addition to spending some time soaking up the bustling atmosphere on the city's streets and tasting tempting morsels at its inviting eateries, be sure to consider the following suggestions for your Bangalore city tour.
Visit Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace
Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace is another of the city's most popular attractions. Dating back to the late 18th century, it is known for its detailed Indo-Islamic architecture and was once used as the summer retreat of Tipu Sultan.
Stroll through Cubbon Park
Located at the heart of the city, Cubbon Park is a lush haven filled with greenery, fountains and trees. Created by Major General Richard Sankey in 1870, the park covers some 300 acres and is home to a variety of attractions and landmarks including the Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Hall and Vidhana Soudha, an exquisitely designed legislative building and the country's largest civic building.
Explore Bangalore Palace
Built between 1874 and 1878, Bangalore Palace was created by the British guardians of Maharaja Chamarajendra Wadiyar X in order to provide the young boy with suitable accommodation while he trained to become the next ruler. Today, the palace, complete with Tudor Revival style architecture, delights visitors with its towers, turrets, and lavish interiors.
Things to see in Bangalore
There is a range of sights to explore on holidays to Bangalore. From impressive historical landmarks and beautiful architecture to leafy green parks and fauna and flora, the city has something to offer every type of visitor. Here is our selection of the best things to see in the capital.
Food and drink in Bangalore
With a name that translates to "Town of Boiled Beans," it's not surprising that Bangalore is home to a fantastic dining scene. As a cosmopolitan state capital, you can find a wide range of international cuisines here - everything from pizza to sushi, with plenty of plant-based options for vegetarians. However, for those looking for a more local, authentic culinary experience while enjoying tours and travels in Bangalore, sampling the region's delicacies is a must.
Everywhere in Bangalore is alive with the aromas and colours of the local street food stalls. Among the wide variety of dishes and snacks on offer you'll find things like kebabs, masala dosas and gobi Manchurian - a deep fried mix of cauliflower, spring onion, soy sauce and tomato sauce. Another popular street food dish is floating pani puri. Small, deep-fried dough balls are filled with ingredients such as potato, chickpeas and chutney and then served on a layer of clear pani - flavoured water - to make them "float."
The state of Karnataka is home to a wide array of regional dishes. Its cuisine tends to be milder than that of other South Indian States, though certainly no less flavourful. Popular dishes in South Karnataka to try on your Bangalore holidays include bisi bele bath, a spicy rice dish made with lentils, vegetables and a variety of spices and ragi mudde, hearty balls made from millet flour. Masala dosa is also popular in the region and consists of a lentil-based pancake stuffed with potatoes, onions and mustard.
Traditional breakfast options include upma, a thick porridge made from semolina and topped with nuts and spices, and idli, which is a savoury cake made by steaming a batter of fermented lentils and rice. To satisfy sugar cravings, be sure to try one of the state's many sweets, such as kajjaya, deep fried rice and jaggery fritters, and Mysore pak, a fudge-like sweet made from ghee, flour and sugar.