The best way to see and explore a place is by walking around that place. Walking is definitely my most favourite way of traveling and experiencing the local life. In a quest to understand and get some exercise in Bangalore, I walked a lot. I had made a rule that if a distance between two places is less than 4 kilometres, I will walk and not take any other modes of transport. Even though this walk was longer than 4 kilometres, I really enjoyed the walk that I did from Malleswaram to Mahatma Gandhi (MG) Road.
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14 places to see between Malleswaram and MG Road
The walk from Malleswaram to MG Road was very easy as it was just around 13 kilometres in total. I have divided the walk into two parts:
- Part 1 – Malleswaram to High court of Karnataka.
- Part 2 – High court of Karnataka to MG Road.
A few things to remember while walking in Bangalore:
- Remember to watch out for ongoing traffic and the vehicles.
- Vehicles do not stop at red signals. Always watch out for both sides continuously before crossing the roads.
- Bangalore does not have good pavements and many a times, they are broken. So definitely watch where you go.
- Even though Bangalore is relatively safe, I still suggest not walking alone after dark.
Part 1 – Malleswaram to High Court of Karnataka
The walk from Malleswaram to High Court of Karnataka is around 9 kilometres and is easy as the path is flat throughout. There are many buildings and things to see on the way. However, the main places and historical buildings are listed below.
Constructed in 1870s by Chief engineer Col. Sankey, Sankey tank is a man made lake in Malleswaram area. The lake has a beautiful walkway around and is perfect for walkers and joggers. There is an entrance fee of INR 10 per person and INR 5 per child. One can also go for boating for INR 20 per person. The lake is open between 6 AM and 8 PM.
Be careful of the water snakes. I have seen one during my walk but that was a very long time ago. Just ensure not to harm them in anyway and they will not come near you as well.
One of the oldest cinemas in Bangalore is the Cauvery theatre. I have had so many beautiful teenage memories with friends in this cinema. The cinema still shows the movies and is an affordable cinema in Bangalore.
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Opened in 1944, Bangalore Palace is a royal palace in Vasanthnagar and one of the homes for Wadiyar family. The palace is open for visitors between 10 AM and 5:30 PM every day except Monday and there is an entrance fee of INR 230 for Indian and INR 460 for Foreign nationals.
National Gallery of Modern Art
Opened in 2009, the National Gallery of Modern art is a museum hosting modern and contemporary paintings by Indian artists. The complex also has a café and an auditorium. It is open every day except Monday between 11 AM and 6:30 PM. There is an entrance fee of INR 50 for Indian and INR 500 for Foreign nationals.
Bangalore Golf course
Established in 1876, Bangalore Golf club is the oldest club in its current location in India. The golf club is open between 7:30 AM and 11:30 PM every day. One can play golf in the golf course and the prices vary between weekdays and weekends.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Established in 1989, the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is one of the most beautiful places to visit. It is a planetarium with science centre for educational activities. The planetarium is open every day except Monday between 10 AM and 5:30 PM. There is an entrance fee of INR 35 per person and INR 20 per child.
The planetarium is one of the places where you can see a celestial event, if it is visible from Bangalore. The last time I was in Bangalore, there was a solar eclipse and this is the place where I saw the event.
Indira Gandhi musical fountain
Opened in 1995, Indira Gandhi musical fountain is a computerised fountain park in Bangalore. The park in open in various time slots every day except Monday; 10 AM to 4 PM and 5 PM to 8:30 PM (only on Tuesday the park is open only till 6:30 PM). There is an entrance fee of INR 30 per person.
Constructed in 1956, Vidhana Soudha is a seat of bicameral state legislature of Karnataka state. It is open on weekdays between 9 AM and 5 PM. Unfortunately, one cannot go inside the building unless they have prior permission from government or for official purposes.
High court of Karnataka
Opened in 1884, High court of Karnataka is a working judicial court. As this is a working government building, make sure to respect the rules and it is not for tourism. The court is open every day except Sunday between 10 AM and 5 PM. On Saturday, the court is open only till 2 PM.
Part 2 – High Court of Karnataka to MG Road
The walk is an additional 4 kilometres and is easy as well. Some of the main places or landmarks to see along the way are listed below.
Bangalore General Post Office (GPO) is an administrative working office. It is the main post office with pin code 560 001. The GPO is open for business on weekdays and Saturday between 8 AM and 4 PM. There is no entrance fee to go inside.
The Cubbon Park is a historic park in the Bangalore city. It is famous among the locals and is photographer’s delight during the spring season. The park is open every day between 6 AM and 6 PM and there is no entrance fee.
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Established in 1983, the Government aquarium is the second largest aquarium in India. Adjacent to Cubbon Park, the aquarium is home to many variety of fishes. The aquarium is open every day except Monday from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. There is an entrance fee of INR 10 per person and INR 5 for students. It is free for children.
M Chinnaswamy stadium
Established in 1969, M Chinnaswamy Stadium is a cricket stadium and was first used for First-class cricket matches. One cannot go inside without buying tickets for a cricket match.
MG Road is one of the main streets in Bangalore, running from Trinity circle to Anil Kumble circle. It is a great place to shop and spend an evening at the bars and pubs.
If you like exploring heritage buildings, then you will like to explore the churches on MG Road.
Safety for solo female travelers
It is safe for solo female travelers. I have done it alone and I was absolutely fine. However, like I mentioned before be careful of the ongoing traffic and do not try to walk alone after dark. Even during the day, be cautious and know your surroundings at all times.
I love Bangalore and walking in the city. A few of the patches are green and beautiful. I have not explored Bangalore as much as I would like to and that has surely been on my list of things to do. Hopefully I can walk around the city more and explore the heritage and historical places.
How many of these places have you seen in Bangalore?
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