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Places to visit in Bangalore for kids
In this guide, written by a Bangalore resident, you can read about:
- Why you should plan a Bangalore family trip
- Things to know about Bangalore
- Bangalore travel tips
- The best places to visit in Bangalore for kids
- Where to stay in Bangalore with kids
- Family-friendly places to eat in Bangalore
- How to get to Bangalore
Why you should visit Bangalore with family
The best thing about a holiday with your children is that you can enjoy lots of quality time together. You can have fun learning new things, trying exotic dishes (if your kids are the adventurous eater type;-) and exploring historical buildings and museums.
I’ve lived in Bangalore my entire life and can assure you there are plenty of fun places for kids in Bangalore! This IT capital of India has several special places to visit, which will surely spark curiosity in young minds and also provides excitement to all adults who are kids at heart.
There are numerous options for little ones varying from museums, amusement parks, and botanical gardens. Despite its reputation as a tech city, there are lots of places to visit in Bangalore with kids, where you can relax and connect with nature.
Interesting and fun facts about Bangalore
Bangalore is located 920 meters (3020 feet) above sea level, on the Deccan Plateau of Southern India. This (higher) altitude explains why Bangalore enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year.
Bangalore experiences enjoyable summers and chilly (but romantic) winters. The best time to visit Bangalore is between October and February, when you can enjoy comfortable temperatures and dry weather.
Several decades ago, over 200 lakes and water reservoirs were found in and around Bangalore, hence the name ‘City of Lakes’.
Due to urbanization many of the lakes have disappeared, however, almost 25 lakes still exist and are visited by hundreds of people from around the country every day.
If you ever had a south-Indian breakfast, you must have come across Idli. Rava Idli is a variety of Idli made from semolina and was invented in Bangalore by a food enterprise called Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR).
Nowadays it has become a popular breakfast item that you must try at least once during a family trip to Bangalore.
Important travel tips when visiting Bangalore with kids
- Pack properly for your Bangalore trip: during the daytime, it’s recommended to carry a hat (both for your kids as well as for yourself), sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Bring a warm down jacket for chilly nights.
- Always drink bottled water (and ONLY bottled water).
- Carry wet tissues and hand sanitizer to clean the hands of your kids.
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes to get through your day comfortably (you’ll be walking a lot!).
- Keep some emergency medicines and snacks for your little ones in your handbag.
10 best places for kids in Bangalore
1. Bannerghatta National Park
One of the best tourist places in Bangalore with children is the Bannerghatta Biological Park. Established in 1974, this well-maintained and extensive wild park is attached to the National Park.
Going on a wildlife safari, visiting the butterfly park and seeing more than 78 animal species will be a memorable and adventurous experience for your kids. You can visit the museum as well, where a variety of fossils and animal skeletons are on display.
2. Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium should definitely be on your Bangalore sightseeing itinerary! (Young) children will be fascinated by the night sky, universe, solar system, and other educative shows.
‘The Sky Theatre’ is a must-see show for kids who can marvel at the millions of stars and learn interesting facts and lessons at the same time. The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is without a doubt one of the top things to see in Bangalore for kids.
3. The Government Museum
This huge museum consists of 18 galleries with an extensive collection of historic treasures and interesting artifacts related to Indian civilization.
The Government Museum is most suitable for older children, who can learn about the history of India through old coins, paintings, vessels, jewelry, traditional clothing and more.
Attached to the museum there is a park which families with smaller kids can also enjoy. It’s one of the best things to do in Bangalore with curious kids!
4. Wonder La
Wonder La is a famous amusement park situated in the outskirts of Bangalore. The variety of rides (more than 60) along with a great pool make it an ideal and exciting destination for both adults and children alike.
Your kids can enjoy non-stop fun rides and the whole family can enjoy the superb gastronomic delights served in the onsite restaurants. The indoor musical fountain and laser shows are just some of the cool attractions your kids will love to visit.
5. Snow City
Do your kids like snow? Than Snow City is the place to be! One of the most popular places to visit in Bangalore for children and with good reason. Snow City surprises all with outstanding activities like snow mountain climbing, snowball competitions, snow sliding and more!
Escape the summer heat and venture into the cold. Indoor temperatures are kept between -5 to -10 degrees. Your children will surely love Snow City and everything it has to offer.
6. Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
This is a treasure house of knowledge and one of the Bangalore points of interest when visiting with kids. The educationally enriching environment of the museum will entertain your entire family.
There are various attractions, such as several mobile science exhibitions and scientific models of airplanes, steam engines and more. This wondrous place with vibrant colors also owns a replica of the Wright Brother ‘Kitty Hawk’ plane!
7. Gerry Martin Farm
When looking for fun kids activities in Bangalore, Gerry Martin Farm is a perfect place to spend an afternoon. Kids of all ages, as well as grown-ups, can connect to different farm and domestic animals. There are guinea pigs, cows, turtles, horses, ducks, rabbits, and more cuddly creatures.
The lush green environment offers you a very good destination for a Bangalore day trip with the family. The ample amount of open space allows your children to run, play, and interact with the animals.
8. Lumbini Gardens
Lumbini Park is a nicely planned park alongside a lake, where you can spend a relaxing morning or afternoon and enjoy the view of the beautiful landscapes. You can also go boating or waterskiing on Nagawara Lake or swim in the wave pool.
There is a floating restaurant where you can have lunch or dinner while enjoying the cool breeze.
9. Lalbagh Botanical Gardens
The concept of ecology can be introduced to children when you plan a visit to Lalbagh Botanical Gardens. It is a major center for Study and Conservation of various plant species. The Botanical Gardens are well-maintained, you can stroll along lovely pathways, greenery, and colorful flowers.
The added attractions are the flower shows and the diamond-shaped glasshouse. Families with small children or infants can also enjoy the beauty of nature and escape the busy city for a while. One of the best places for kids in Bangalore (and very enjoyable for adults as well).
10. Cubbon Park
Another lovely green space to visit in Bangalore for families is Cubbon Park. Within this popular park, there is an excellent play area for kids to run around and lose some energy. Kids can ride the toy train, play on the rocks or browse through the books in the State Central Library.
While the park can get crowded during weekends, Sunday is a great time to visit as there are many activities, such as a farmers market, free concerts, and other events.
A visit to Cubbon Park is highly recommended when looking for a kids’ play area in Bangalore.
The best places to stay in Bangalore with kids
Bangalore is a large city offering plenty of options for accommodation. Both hotels listed below are highly rated for their level of comfort by other traveling families. Furthermore, both have swimming pools, something your kids will surely appreciate!
Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru
The Shangri-La Hotel offers numerous benefits and is one of the best luxury hotels in Bangalore.
Also rated as one of the best hotels for families in Bangalore, the Shangri-La Bengaluru offers a swimming pool, several restaurants with different cuisines and unparalleled views of the famous Bangalore Palace and a panoramic view of the Garden City (another nickname for Bangalore).
Radisson Bengaluru City Center
The Radisson Bengaluru City Center is a well-established hotel with modern rooms, a restaurant, a fitness center, and an outdoor heated pool. This comfortable hotel with a great location offers free private parking.
An excellent breakfast is included in the room rate, and the welcoming professional staff will go out of their way to make your stay a memorable one.
The best places to eat in Bangalore with kids
The list of kid-friendly restaurants in Bangalore is almost endless, so I’ve narrowed it down to my top recommendations! The restaurants listed below are excellent options to dine with your little munchkins.
- Gufha: North-Indian. Kallan ke kebab-minced mutton, Multani paneer tikka-minced corn and Afghani murg biryani.
- The Black Pearl: North Indian: chicken tikka, biryani, pirate chocolate and rum balls.
- Jalsa: North Indian. Hara Bhara Kababs, Tandoori Malai Gobi and Tawa murg.
- The Fisherman’s Wharf: Coastal Goan cuisine.
- Cable Car: Italian. Bruschetta, corn fried mozzarella, penne arrabbiata, and cheesecake.
- Smoke House Deli: European and Italian. Pasta, burgers, margarita pizza, and kit-kat shake.
- Teppan – Japanese. Sushi, tempura, stir fries and noodles.
- Monkey Bar: American, Asian, European. Banana-Nutella waffle and cheesy fries.
How to get to Bangalore?
Bangalore is well-connected by air, rail, and road from any major Indian city such as Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. There are also multiple flights from several international destinations, such as Dubai, Frankfurt, Heathrow, and Singapore, on a daily basis.
Bangalore International Airport is just 40 kilometers away from the main city, the distance can be covered by bus or taxi in one to two hours (depending upon traffic).
Furthermore, there are two major railway stations in Bangalore: Yeshwantpur junction and Bangalore City Railway station. Trains to various Indian cities are running daily.
Within the city itself, you can get around by Metro rail service. Currently, there are a limited number of lines and stops, but there is a lot of work in progress to extend the routes.
Conclusion: the best things to do in Bangalore for kids
I hope you have enjoyed this guide to Bangalore and have an amazing family trip to this buzzing Indian city!
Are there famous places in Bangalore missing from this list? Please share your best places in Bangalore in the comments section below.
Have a safe and happy journey to Bangalore!