Life in Bangalore
Officially known as Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka, the Silicon Valley of India and the third most populous city in the country, Bangalore is a vibrant city with rich cultural values and traditions. A rare amalgamation of modern urban life, buzzing with pubs, malls, IT parks and culture, festivals and rituals which have been passed over generations, but are still intact in the roots of this city. Many wouldn’t know that apart from being the IT capital or the "Science City", Bangalore is also known as the "Garden City of India"; thanks to the perfect balance of wet and dry weather the year round and the many beautiful and lush green gardens, parks and a mini forest.
With more than 60% of the population constituting of immigrants from all over India and also people from across the globe, Bengaluru is truly an ethnically diverse city. Various art forms like Bharatnatyam, Carnatic music and other forms of classical music are still practised and loved by the citizens of Bangalore. Similarly, the Kannada film production studios and the Kannada music industry produce hundreds of regional language films, shows and albums every year. You can also witness beautiful handcrafted wooden, ivory, sandalwood and metal sculptures, figurines and jewellery apart from the famous Mysore paintings which are greatly influenced by the age-old Bangalore arts.
On one hand Bangalore celebrates major festivals like Holi, Deepawali, Dussehra, Ganesh Chaturthi, etc with panache and excitement; on the other hand it also known how to entertain itself over the weekends in malls, pubs, water parks, theatres, etc. Bangalore has a bright nightlife and you can never feel bored once you are out on the streets in the evening. You’ll find people from diverse cultures and ethnicities speaking languages like Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Konkani, etc. So, if you are planning to visit Bangalore, be ready for new and exciting experiences while meeting different people.
Food and Culture of Bangalore
The food of Bangalore is greatly influenced by its culture and Bangalore is a city well known for finger-licking, delicious cuisines from across the globe. However, you wouldn’t want to miss the street side authentic food of the region which is made from homegrown fresh spices and herbs. Some of the popular street foods which you can enjoy in roadside stalls as well as restaurants in Bangalore are – Dal Obbattu (The Kannada Delight), Idli, Vada, Dosa, Vada Pav, Bhajji with Filter Kaapi, Uttapam, Sandwich, Parantha, Gobi Manchurian (an Indo-Chinese delicacy), Kebabs And Rolls, Bhel, Chaat, Pani Puri, Pav Bhaji, Samosa Chaat, Mangalore Buns (The Sweet Obsession), etc.
Most of the food items mentioned here are not local recipes, but they have travelled a long way to reach here. You would be surprised to know that every such food item and stall has interesting stories associated with it. So, don’t forget to have a small chit-chat with the vendors while you are enjoying the roadside delicacies on the streets of Bangalore.
Best Time to Visit Bangalore
Bangalore has a moderate climate throughout the year and anytime of the year is worth visiting this place; however, the usual winter months are from October to February when the minimum temperature touches 10°C, summers are warm with the maximum touching 36°C from March to May, and June to September are the monsoon months with heavy showers expected frequently. You can plan your trip as per your convenience and preference for a particular weather.
Places to Visit in Bangalore for Couples
Although, there are dozens of places which are worth visiting in Bangalore for couples, but we have picked the best out of them and selected places from different categories from gardens to hills, waterfalls, lakes and restaurants to the surprise part (read the full article to discover and explore).
Located at a distance of about 60 km from Bangalore, Nandi Hills has garnered the status of a well known weekend getaway over the years as this lesser known place was discovered by more and more tourists. Nandi Hills is at an elevation of 4,850 feet above the sea level and it’s one of the best romantic places in the city. You will locate many weekenders driving early towards the paradise hill to catch a glimpse of the sunrise from the top of the hill. You will find clouds hovering around you during the journey to the top of the hill and will be well rewarded with the breathtaking views of the lush green forests surrounding the hill. The hill is open for visitors from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and you can enjoy activities like trekking and paragliding at Nandi Hills.
Lal Bagh Botanical Garden
A botanical garden which is renowned not only in India, but internationally, for its floral and plants artwork, scientific studies and the conservation of plants. Lal Bagh Botanical Garden is spread in an area of 240 acres in the heart of the city and has more than 1,850 species of trees and plants. The entrance of this garden is huge and welcomes the visitors with its magnificent architecture; inside the garden you will find exotic flowers blooming in vibrant colours, which make for a beautiful scenery and a perfect setup for a couple selfie. It’s a great place for couples as they can walk hand in hand or sit under a tree and talk their heart out. The Lal Bagh Botanical Garden is open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day for the general public.
If you are a nature lover and a photographer as well, then Hebbal Lake is a treat for you and your partner. You can witness beautiful birds like the pelican, swallow, Eurasian spoonbill, pintail, garganey, shoveller, coot, little grebe and the spot-billed duck to name just a few. The Hebbal Lake is located inside a park which adds to the serenity of this place and couples can spend hours in this peaceful and tranquil environment, away from the chaos of the city. You can take a stroll among the tall and lush green trees or can simply sit beside the lake and enjoy the sparkling water which is a delight for the eyes and soul.
If you are looking for a thrilling, adventurous and action-packed date with your partner, then Lumbini Gardens is one of the cool places to hangout for couples. It’s a leisure and water park located on the banks of the Nagavara Lake and its 1.5 km bank stretches along this entertainment park. The park has various water rides, pedal boats, general boats, coffee boats, battery boats, wave pool, amusement rides, kids rides and Bangalore’s only floating restaurant – Golden Pearl. You can spend hours with your beloved in this garden while enjoying the fun and frolic of the leisure park amidst an eco-friendly environment. The park is located on the Ring Road at Hebbal and remains open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. all the seven days of the week.
Hot Air Balloon Ride at Jakkur Airfield
Enjoy the panoramic views of Bangalore and nearby areas while you hover over the skies of the city, holding the hands of your beloved in a hot air balloon. A thrilling and adventurous date for both of you at the Jakkur Airfield is what you can expect, when you prep yourself for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and embrace the gusting winds up in the air. The stunning visuals from the top are stunning and the guide will show you the bird’s eye view of different places in Bangalore. The balloon ride timings are from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and the entry fee starts from ₹ 1,500.00. You can also enjoy parasailing at the Jakkur Airfield.
Bannerghatta National Park
Just 22 km from Bangalore, the Bannerghatta National Park is home to numerous varieties of flora and fauna and also houses a zoo, snake house, butterfly enclosure, aquarium and a boating facility to keep you engaged and entertained for hours. Both of you can spend quality time in this national park in a natural habitat and turn this day into a memorable date which will give you memories to cherish for a lifetime. Birdwatchers, animal lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers shouldn’t miss this place. You can experience animals like porcupines, leopards, jackals, elephants, tigers and cobras on the adventurous safari ride and click a few scenic photographs for your drawing room. The park timings are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and it is closed on Tuesdays.
The magnificent Ulsoor Lake is one of the biggest lakes in Bangalore, and is spread in an area of more than 50 hectares. Surrounded with small islands all along, lush greenery encircles the lake and makes it a serene and picturesque place for couples. Both of you can spend a romantic evening on the lakeside while holding hands and soaking in the beauty of nature. The lake is located in the heart of Bangalore at M.G. Road and is open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. except Wednesdays. Don’t forget to enjoy boating and watch the enigmatic sunset at the Ulsoor Lake.
High Ultra Lounge
Touted as the highest lounge in south India, the High Ultra Lounge offers a breathtaking view of the city. A part of the famous Sheraton Grand Group, this lounge provides rooftop seating and a fancy bar which along with the panoramic view of the city makes for a perfect evening date. You can groove to the tunes of famous DJ’s, enjoy a few cocktails and indulge in multiple cuisines from all over the world. They provide Chinese, Korean, Japanese and even Thai food like Chicken Satay, the Sushi Platter, Chocolate Cake, etc. Surprise your partner with a candle-lit dinner or a full brunch in the High Ultra Lounge located at the World Trade Centre in Bangalore. The timings are 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.; you can check more details at the High Ultra Lounge.
Grasshopper – Restaurant in a Farm
This popular restaurant has a unique concept where you’ll find a restaurant amid a farmhouse setting. The five and seven course sumptuous meals offered by Grasshopper are delicious enough to win the heart of your partner and you can earn many brownie points in your relationship. You can choose from outdoor as well as indoor seating as per your mood and comfort and can also do a bit of shopping from the nearby store where you’ll find modern clothing and trendy accessories on display. The restaurant timings are 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. but make sure to reserve your table beforehand as the place is often crowded.
Known among the locals as "Swarna Mukhi" (translates to "golden face") falls and popularly known as the TK Falls, the Thottikallu Falls is just 35 km away from Bangalore and is an excellent place for a trekking date. If both of you are nature lovers, then this place is worth your time as the picturesque waterfall exudes a phenomenal aura and the hiking part will give you an option to have a rendezvous with water, nature and serenity; all at the same time. Couples can enjoy photography, trekking, picnic, etc. in a calm and natural environment, away from the hustle-bustle of urban life. Try to hire a two-wheeler for reaching the place as roads are narrow, and take some food along with you as there aren’t many restaurants in the area.
Surprise Her – Vineyard Tour
Surprise her with a Bollywood style date in a vineyard, as Bangalore has many vineyards like the Grover Vineyard, Soma Vineyard, Nandi Valley Winery and the Heritage Winery to name a few. If you are a wine lover, then you should visit one of these vineyards and try the grapes-stomping and wine tasting sessions. The enchanting view of the vineyard and walking around the fields with your partner is a wonderful experience and a stress buster. There are vineyards which offer you lunch apart from the vineyard tour and a vine tasting experience. You don’t have to be a wine expert to visit the vineyards as you can learn about the wine making process and the different types of wines from the experts available in the vineyards.
Bangalore – A Perfect Destination for All Couples
Bangalore is a perfect destination for all types of couples. Whether you love natural beauty, flora and fauna, exotic culinary experiences, adventure sports, exciting night-life or anything else, Bangalore will always surprise, delight and excite you and your partner. It is the perfect place for you to spend quality time together and kindle your love for each other. We hope this BP Guide would have helped you in deciding which places in Bangalore you would like to visit along with your partner. Stay connected with us for more such engaging content.