What to Do in Bangalore
This city is enjoying the financial boom effects of being the main IT city of India. Nowadays there is far more to do here than a mere decade ago. You can enjoy all the world class activities here at a reasonable cost. It is great for unwinding and relaxing or just hanging out with a bunch of friends. Not for no reason is it known as the 'Pub City of India'… just a small testimonial to its active social life.
Amoeba is the best of the bowling alleys in Bangalore. Located at 22 Church Street it is a stone's throw away from MG Road. It is open all day from 11:00 to 23:00 but the entry ticket price will vary depending on the time of day that you go there. Do not confuse this with the Amoeba Sports Bar located at the Leela Hotel.
The bowling alley at the Airport Road called Megabowl is also a nice place. It has an eight-lane alley situated amidst colourful interiors. They also have a sports bar from where you can get in-house eats and drinks.
Patel’s Inn is the place to head for Go Karting in Bangalore. Besides racing they also have a multi-cuisine restaurant, a health club, a swimming pool, badminton and tennis courts and a snooker parlour.
Race Pace Karting also has the only asphalted Go Karting track in Bangalore. Head here for a day or stay at the resort for a while. There is a new one opened at Bidai but the facilities do not match up to Patel’s Inn.
- Location: 1, 15th Cross, Govindaraj Garden, R.T Nagar, about an hour’s drive from central Bangalore.
Bangalore Golf Club is the second-oldest golf course in India. It was established in 1876. It has a full 18-hole course with a par of 71. The fairways might be a bit arid, but the greens are well watered and trimmed. Location: 2, Sankey Road, High Grounds, about 30 minutes from central Bangalore.
The Eagleton Golf Resort is another 18-hole course with a par of 72. It was designed by Pacific Coast Designs, Australia and is a well-planned facility. It is spread over 168 acres and also offers alternative entertainment to golfers' families.
- Location: 29 km away from Bangalore on the Bangalore-Mysore highway.
The Princess Horseback Adventures Company offers horse safaris. It is run by the erstwhile royal family of Mysore. The well-planned 7-day safari is one that you will enjoy as much as your kids. The distance traveled each day is between 25 to 30km. They break for tea mid morning, lunch, and finally for dinner and bed. There is folk entertainment in the evenings to look forward to.
The stay in deluxe tents at night and all basic meals are included in the package. There are other places that you can go horse riding in Bangalore including the Embassy International Riding School, the Bangalore Amateur Riding Institute, and the Equestrian Centre for Excellence. None of these will match up to the experience of a Princess Academy safari.
- Location: The Bangalore Palace Grounds at Bellary Road 20 minutes from central Bangalore by taxi.
While all the five-star hotels in town have their own spas there are a few others worth mentioning. The Golden Palms Hotel and Spa is located 25km from the city centre and takes about 40 minutes to reach by a taxi. It is set in a lush garden in the countryside and spread over 18 acres. Specialist spa treatments are available.
The Angsana Resort and Spa is located approximately 24km from Bangalore and is a 45 minute drive from the airport. The spa is an ideal place to relax and unwind. Privacy is strictly guarded and the aroma oil massages are divine.
If you are looking forward to a more holistic treatment head for Jindal Farms or the Institute of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences. Located about 20km northwest of Bangalore it is famous for its weight loss programs. Many celebrities come and spend a month here. Again the security is tight and this allows a tranquil and relaxed visit.
Kerela Ayurveda Pharmacy or KAPL has a unique heritage Ayurvedic resort about 25km from the city centre. The resident doctors and therapists use the KAPL medicines and yoga to help cure ailments. The general rejuvenation package is also very relaxing. Modern utilities are mixed with traditional ambience to make it a unique resort dedicated to healthy living. Individualized and personal attention is given to all individuals.
Water and Amusement Parks
Wonder La, located 30km from Bangalore, is considered the largest water park in the area. Not only does it have its own water rides, but also offers a few dry ones as well. The kids will enjoy the excursion and you can have lunch on the premises.
There are buses that ply regularly the route between Bangalore and Wonder La and you can also hire a taxi to take you there. It all makes a fun outing on a hot day and even better if you go with a group of friends.
- Location: on Bangalore-Mysore highway, about 45 minutes drive by road from the city centre.