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.