The choice of what to do on your day off is a tough one to make. Choosing between staying put at home or travelling around the city is one that we are often faced with during the weekends, but then again not everyone is willing to shell out a fair amount of money, simply to appease our senses.
Well, we have the perfect solution for you! In the city of gardens, technology, history & science, art and adventure, options are plentiful regardless of the budget. Bangalore is a growing metropolis rich in culture and modern innovations, not to mention a place where can find things to do at a cost of Rs. 500 or less!
Make a change in the monotony of your daily routine with this list of 10 exciting things to do in Bangalore without burning a hole in your pocket.
1. Lalbagh Botanical Gardens
Commissioned by Hyder Ali, the erstwhile ruler of Mysore, the gardens of Lalbagh are one of the most famous in the country. Located in central Bangalore, the lawns and age-old trees offer an environment for complete rejuvenation. Spread over 240 acres, the garden is an exotic mix of flora and fauna. Giving you the perfect opportunity to indulge in natural beauty at a minimal cost of Rs. 20, the garden is iconic in its true sense.
Completed with two beautiful glass houses that were constructed during the rule of Hyder Ali’s son, Tipu Sultan, in the 1700s, Lalbagh holds two flower shows, on the 26th of January and 15th of August, for patrons visiting from all across the globe.
Housing trees aged over a hundred years old and exotic species of plants and flowers procured from world over, the botanical garden is maintained by the Horticulture Department that is dedicated to maintaining it at its best. It offers a delightful experience for all nature lovers and botanical researchers.
A perfect day out for nature lovers and bird watchers, the garden has something to offer to everyone who visits. It is not uncommon to find Bangaloreans out for their morning walk or evening jog here. Photographers from around the world make it a point to visit this beautiful garden to capture its exquisite beauty through the lens.
2. Food Street at VV Puram
A day out in Bangalore has to include the mouth-watering delicacies that make South India a foodie’s paradise. And the best place to try a bit of everything, with a plethora of choices to pick and choose from is the Food Street near Sajjan Rao Circle in VV Puram.
From the varied options of the all-time-favourite masala dosa and idli-vada to innovative chaats, Food Street is the place you will find the best dal holige, in the city, a delicious variant of the Indian bread made with yellow lentils and jaggery clarified butter. All this and more, with an evening well-spent with your friends or family, and you can rest assured that it will not cost you more than 500 bucks for a person.
Also known as Eat Street or ‘Thindi Beedi’ in Kannada, you will find yourself in a location that is reminiscent of the much treasured Old Bangalore charm when here. It is often frequented by people from across the city, even tourists visiting, in search of some delicious treats. The hustle and bustle of the busy street only add to the enlivening vibe that makes for an evening to remember.
3. HAL Aerospace Museum
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s Aerospace Museum is a first of its kind museum, showcasing the growth of aviation from the beginning of time. Spread over a lush green landscape over 4 acres of land, HAL’s museum is a treat to those in love with flying and the mystics of the working of all kinds of aeroplanes and jets.
The various aerospace engines and machinery on display are a glimpse into the historic and modern technologies of aeronautical engineering and their development through time. The simulator jets and aircraft are the highlights of the museum, offering a realistic experience of flying modern day aircraft in a simulated environment.
Entry fee is listed at a mere Rs. 50 with additional costs for photography and videography equipment. Visiting this museum is one of the budget things to do in Bangalore. It is a great way to spend a day learning more about the details of aircraft and the technologies behind it, in your day out in the city of Bangalore.
4. Tipu Sultan’s Palace
The summer residence of the erstwhile Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan is a beautiful mix of Indo-Islamic architecture. Now a gorgeous tourist destination for those looking to spend their day admiring the beauty of Bangalore’s rich heritage, the palace was used by the British Administrators after Tipu Sultan’s death, during the fourth Anglo-Mysore war. It is accessible at an entry fee of a mere Rs.15 per person, for Indians, and Rs.200 per person for foreigners, with no additional costs for photography or videography around the premises.
Managed solely by the Government of Karnataka, the palace is situated near the Bangalore Fort, making it a beautiful tourist destination enriched with the essence of heritage and history. The palace also houses a small museum casing memoirs of Tipu Sultan’s achievements throughout his reign.
5. Innovative Film City Amusement Park
This place has a brilliant movie studio and television set up for shooting and is home to numerous film sets and the Kannada Bigg Boss house. Placed alongside an amusement park with a variety of attractions such as the Dino Park, Aqua Kingdom, Mini Golf course and much more, Innovative Film City offers a whole range of activities for an engaging day out with family or friends.
It’s got something for everyone of every age, whether interested in art, science, history or culture. Places like the zoo, haunted mansion, mirror maze and other such attractions ensure you have a truly entertaining time. Explore film sets and shoot videos of your own at their pre-made sets available to tourists and film enthusiasts. Housing 4 different museums under one roof, the place is a perfect getaway with your friends, family or even for corporate outings.
You can even book exclusive packages at an additional cost, for special occasions and add an exclusive touch to your experience with special catering and food services available as per your requirements.
6. Ranga Shankara
One of Bangalore’s most famous theatres dedicated to art and culture, Ranga Shankara is a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. It is a beautifully designed amphitheatre where plays are held, with young and aspiring artists experiment and showcase their skills, at a very minimal cost. Offering a theatre space, Ranga Shankara is home to numerous plays happening in the city on a daily basis, also serving as the launching ground for some of the notable names in theatre in Bangalore and India.
With more than 300 plays a year they believe in the philosophy of “a play a day”, ensuring that adequate attention is given to not just the conventional but also innovative art, new forms of expression and experimentation. The ticket charges are minimal and they even cater to those who are differently abled, with seats and arrangements designed for the comfort of all patrons.
Ranga Shankara is touted as one of the few theatres in Bangalore that celebrates tradition and uphold the true nature of theatre by hosting plays (and nothing else) which are kept open to the public all year around. Spending some time here is also one of the budget things to do in Bangalore, especially for people who have interests in arts and theatre. Their attempt at bringing together the old and the new has been a successful one and makes for an amazing event every time you visit.
7. The Bangalore Museum
Established in 1865 under the guidance of Edward Balfour, a pioneering environmentalist from the British Era, the Bangalore museum hosts a large collection of India’s most prized historic possessions which is sure to leave the history lovers spellbound. To a true historian’s amusement, the Bangalore Museum has an array of our country’s history with some of a unique artefact of our India’s ancient traditions and culture, put up on display.
Besides the usual coins, sculptures, jewellery and numerous geological artefacts, the museum is known for housing the earliest Kannada inscriptions from 450 AD- the original Halmidi inscriptions.
Strategically planned into 18 gallery exhibits, divided into two floors, the museum comprises of a different display in every gallery, beginning from the ancient Neolithic excavations found across the country. With almost one lakh Indian and foreign tourists visiting the museum in a single year, this museum is a must on a to-do list when in Bangalore.
8. Venkatappa Art Gallery
Located in proximity to the beautiful lawns of Cubbon Park, right next to the Bangalore Museum, is another gorgeous place to visit in the city. An art lover’s delight since its inception in 1967, Venkatappa Art Gallery houses numerous paintings, musical instruments, relics, and memoirs of the famed South Indian artist, K. Venkatappa. It is a magnificent art gallery open to those viewing the ancient relics as well as creating their own masterpieces in the serene environment.
Often mistaken to be the Bangalore Museum due to its proximity and similarity in architecture, the art gallery houses a collection of contemporary art. You would also find the works of other artists like Pushpamala N and Sheela Gowda, among others. The art gallery has a unique collection of paintings, sculptures, ancient jewellery and a lot more, catering to art lovers in every form. At a measly entry fee of Rs. 4, no one visiting the city should miss a chance to visit the beautiful art gallery, is one of the budget things to do in Bangalore.
9. Nehru Planetarium
Nehru Planetarium is the place every budding scientist or science enthusiast wants to be. Devoted to popularizing science and technology in the country, the Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE) in association with the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium offers the most innovative non-formal science education through their shows, exhibitions, lectures, and workshops.
Their Sky-Theatre and star gazing activities, being the highlights, are the most informative and sought-after experiences for those visiting the planetarium in Bangalore. Visiting Nehru Planetarium is one of the most enriching things to do in Bangalore without burning a hole in your pocket. You would especially want to plan a visit here if you’re looking for a fun day with tiny tots. Night sky viewing and star gazing happens on every Sunday of every month and includes informative lecture demonstrations for everyone present. All this and more comes at a cost of Rs. 500, a measly price to pay in exchange for unravelling the mysteries of the planets and stars!
Attracting more than 200,000 visitors every year, they cater to every science enthusiast through visuals such as cartoons and animations with exclusively designed versions for the differently-abled who might be visually or hearing impaired. They have specialized programs for individuals of all age groups, information of which can be found by registering with them for regular email updates.
10. Karting in Bangalore
The youth filled crowd of Bangalore is always on the lookout for exciting things to do in the city. For them, karting is an amazing option. Bangalore is the hub of technology in the country, bringing to you the best of technology and innovation from across the world.
Karting is one of the most indulged adventurous fun activities in the city, one of the budget things to do in Bangalore, besides hiking, trekking, and rock climbing. With more than 6 exclusive go-karting tracks designed in the city, it is one of the most sought-after sports for the young and the old. Indulge in some karting at Grips, E Zone, Meco Kartopia, Amazing Go-Karting club among many others.
Offering a wide range of go karts for kids, youngsters, and adults, you will be spoilt for choices, which also include ATV rides at racing tracks, giving you the true adrenaline rush. Spend a day in Bangalore, enjoying the thrill and rush of adventure at the various karting clubs spread across the city.
With innumerable choices for how to spend your day out in the city, we hope this list of budget things to do in Bangalore offers a comprehensive range of activities to indulge in, at a pocket-friendly budget. From a calm serene pick to an adrenaline filled an adventurous day or a quiet night under the stars, there is something to appease everyone, without many hassles or travelling too far away from the mainland of the city.
Go out there and visit the monumental sights in the lovely city of Bangalore and explore varied dimensions of the city, as you take a break from your hectic schedules and mundane routine.
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