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Best free things to do in Bangalore?

I'm going to be in Bangalore next month and will be on a pretty tight budget. I'm looking for the best free and inexpensive things to check out! I love the outdoors, art, museums, you name it. Thanks!

15 Answers

answered by
Shireen from Hong Kong

If you go to Mysore don't miss the hustle and bustle of Devaraja Market. It's a wonderful, lively, colorful place where local merchants hawk flowers, fruits, jewelry, you name it. Just be sure to hold on to your purse.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mysore (city)
  2. Devaraja Market (attraction)
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answered by
Vaibhav from Delhi

Katie, there is a lot of freebies for travelers in Bangalore. From art galleries to gardens, museums and Hindu Temples, there are so many places that dont charge a single penny. My sister, who has been there from several years now, maybe have some personal suggestions for you. Let me know if you want her to get in touch with you.  

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answered by
Manasvi from Bangalore

Venkatappa Art GalleryCubbon ParkNandi Hills, If time permits visit Mysore or do a trek around Bangalore (lots of good options). If old temples if your thing then visit Keshava Temple and Talakadu.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Venkatappa Art Gallery (attraction)
  2. Cubbon Park (attraction)
  3. Nandi Hills (attraction)
  4. Keshava Temple (attraction)
  5. Talakadu (attraction)
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answered by
Shreeraj from Bangalore, India

Walks in Cubbon Park and Lalbagh Road

Visit to Kolar

Visit to Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum

Roam around in Brigade Road

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Cubbon Park (attraction)
  2. Lalbagh Road (attraction)
  3. Kolar (attraction)
  4. Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (attraction)
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answered by
water from Paris

I don't remember doing any free things in Bangalore. Was there in '04.  You can get a cheap bus ride to ravi shankar ashram but they might not have anything going on.   Nithyananda Ashram always has something going on , meditation, lecture all for free and free food.   Most Gurdwaras (sikh) have free langer(food).  There is a section of blore that has tons of outdoor vendors with good prices. And shopping at stoppers shop clothes store is too fun but can spend like $15 on a top(good quality and hip)

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answered by
abhinav from Bangalore

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Lalbagh Botanical Garden (attraction)
  2. Cubbon Park (attraction)
  3. Art of Living International Center (attraction)
  4. Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (attraction)
  5. M G Rd (attraction)
  6. Mysore (city)
  7. Mysore Palace (attraction)
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answered by
nithin from India

I would suggest you to visit Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore Palace.

Check out the science galleries near MG Road.

If you travel a bit north you can visit Nandi Hills.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Lalbagh Botanical Garden (attraction)
  2. Cubbon Park (attraction)
  3. Bannerghatta National Park (attraction)
  4. Bangalore Palace (attraction)
  5. Nandi Hills (attraction)
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answered by
Gita from Mumbai

Hi Katie,

If you want to see some parts of Bangalore that make it the charming city it is, I'd suggest

1.Walk along Gandhi Bazaar, especially in the early morning when office traffic won't be as much so you can see the wonderful colours of the local vegetable/fruit/flower market and then you could head over to Vidyarthi Bhavan right there for a very inexpensive south Indian breakfast, one of the best in India. It's always jam packed so you may have to wait a bit.

Another lovely walk is through the beautiful Lalbagh Botanical Garden where you may have to pay an entry fee, but the rest is just a free walk. If you want to catch a glimpse of early morning Bangalore on the go, you could visit Cubbon Park. It's pretty much a good visit any time of day.

To catch a glimpse of colonial Bangalore, you could head down town to the Ulsoor Lake Pathway and Frazer TownCox Town. This is one of the most beautiful parts of Bangalore with lovely houses and lots of small cafes and restaurants. One particular place I like there is a store called Wind chimes Gift Shop. You may or may not buy anything, but it's worth a visit if you're walking around that part of town.

The Alliance Francaise always has free plays and concerts, details are available on their website, these are always good.

Last, but not least, what everyone may tell you are to take a look around M G RdBrigade Rd and Church St. It's a great place to be in the evenings with stores, malls, cafes, restaurants, pubs and lounges.

The beautiful temples, be it Bull Temple near Gandhi Bazaar or the Iskcon Temple are not only memorable, but free to visit and admire.

I hope the traffic doesn't get to you and you truly enjoy my favourite city in India.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Gandhi Bazaar (attraction)
  2. Vidyarthi Bhavan (restaurant)
  3. Lalbagh Botanical Garden (attraction)
  4. Cubbon Park (attraction)
  5. Ulsoor Lake Pathway (attraction)
  6. Frazer Town (attraction)
  7. Cox Town (attraction)
  8. Wind chimes Gift Shop (attraction)
  9. Alliance Francaise (attraction)
  10. M G Rd (attraction)
  11. Brigade Rd (attraction)
  12. Church St (attraction)
  13. Bull Temple (attraction)
  14. Iskcon Temple (attraction)
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answered first by
Nivedita from Bangalore

Hi Katie,

Nice to know that you'll be visiting Bangalore soon! Since you like the outdoors, I would suggest watching the sunrise at Nandi Hills (which is about 1.5 hours drive from the centre of the city) and then heading to Grover Vineyards Ltd for the wine tour. Here's the link for the tour - Nandi hills won't cost you much (apart from the transport cost - you could book a cab using Uber or Ola) and the Vineyard tour seems reasonable. 

Hope you have a great stay here! 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Nandi Hills (attraction)
  2. Grover Vineyards Ltd (attraction)
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answered by
Jitesh from Bangalore

Welcome to Bangalore :)

If you're on a tight budget, you might want to save on the inter-city commute. Here are some inter-city travel tips -

1. Avoid the auto-rickshaws - Most auto-drivers deny running on standard meter to calculate travel fare. They demand very high fare.

2. Use an Uber or Ola - These app-based taxi-services are great and it is easy to find them. Won't cost very much on your pocket. It is around Rs.14/km roughly including the time costs.

3. Rent 2-wheelers - Bangalore is known for heavy traffic. If you want to avoid traffic and love riding motorcycles or scooter, you can rent the Goa-style 2-wheelers and enjoy the freedom. Drivezy and Royal Brothers offer great options for renting two-wheelers.

4. Buses - Buses are usually very crowded during peak hours, but they have decent connectivity. You can buy a daily pass for buses, but I would not recommend if you're new to the city and unaware of the routes.

You might want to consider visiting Lalbagh,   Cubbon ParkUlsoor Lake. There are some great aquariums and museums near Lalbagh Botanical Garden that you might like.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bangalore (city)
  2. Lalbagh (attraction)
  3. Cubbon Park (attraction)
  4. Ulsoor Lake (attraction)
  5. Lalbagh Botanical Garden (attraction)

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Hi Katie,

You don't mention how many days you plan to spend in Bangalore, but i'm going to give it a shot anyway. Art / museums - a limited number of options. The Kempegowda and Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museummuseums would be my pick to spend a few hrs each in. There are a lot of day trips options that you would want to explore. From sunrise at the nandi hills, to wine tours at the nearby vineyards, to camps along the cauvery river, most of the places can be reached in a 2 hr drive and aren't too expensive. The theater and stand up circuit at Bangalore is picking up and usually provides options through the week. If food gets you going, areas like indranagar and kormangla is where you want to stay around for the sheer number and variety of eateries and restaurants. These are good places to base yourself as well on account of proximity within the city. 

Places like chitra kala parisad or the MG road boulevard usually have some exhibition with no or nominal entrance fee. Walking around the local shopping areas of commercial st, brigade rd etc can be quite entertaining and rewarding as well. 

These are few top of my mind suggestions. Don't worry bout the budget bit too much tho. You'll find that the dollar will stretch a good bit around here; just make sure you don't sign up for any overpriced trips/tours while here. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Kempegowda (attraction)
  2. Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (attraction)

answered by
Ayush from Pune, India

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Tipu Sultan's Fort (attraction)
  2. Lalbagh Botanical Garden (attraction)
  3. Bangalore Palace (attraction)

answered by
Ameet from Guwahati, India

you can check out Lal Bagh main Gate and Cubbon Park Good places to connect with the nature. Visit different temples in and around the city. Look for meetup groups in bangalore for cycling trails on weekends.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Lal Bagh main Gate (attraction)
  2. Cubbon Park (attraction)

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Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Nandi Hills (attraction)
  2. Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace (attraction)

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Hi Katie Simons,

I am suggesting you to stay in south west part of Bangalore. Because these places are relatively near from there. You should hire a taxi like Uber, OLA etc. They must typically cost you 8 Hrs, 800 INR, 80 Kilometers.

I would not visit this site again, so may not be more helpful than this post.

Some of the free things to do in Bangalore:

(1) If you are spiritual -

(a) You could visit any temple in Bangalore. Don't have to spend any money in any temple. 

(b) Visit Art Of Living Yoga and Meditation Centre on Kanakapura Road.

(c) Shankara Mutt in Shankarpuram

(d) Dodda Ganapathi Temple, Big Bull temple (also called Dodda Basavanna na gudi) on Bull Temple Road

(e) While you visit c, d you could go to Bugle Rock Park park. They are neighbouring properties.

(2) If you are an art lover (A visit to these are kind of free) - google "art galleries in bangalore"

Venkatappa Art Gallery

4.2  (18) · Art Gallery

Kasturba Road

Mahua- The Art Gallery

1 review · Art Supply Store

4th Main Rd, Sadashiva Nagar

Time & Space

Art Gallery

Address: 55, Near-Cafe Coffee Day, Lavelle Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

(3) Visit Gardens like Lalbagh Botanical Garden (Nominal entry fee), Cubbon Park

(4) Bangalore Palace near City Market

(5) There are a lot of pubs in Bangalore (Called the pub city of India). I dont booze, so can expect less from me on this one.

(6) Try to eat at Maiyas office Jayanagar. They serve near authentic Karnataka/ Mysore style food.

(7) Gandhi Bazaar Main Road, Jayanagar, Banashankari, Basavangudi. These are the names of different areas around South west Bangalore. You can try out lot of eateries around these areas where most of the old style Bangalore live. If you want something different other parts of Bangalore would be suitable. Depends on what you want to do and mostly you will know them when you are here.

Good luck and have a pleasant stay.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Art Of Living Yoga and Meditation Centre (attraction)
  2. Shankara Mutt (attraction)
  3. Dodda Ganapathi Temple (attraction)
  4. Bugle Rock Park (attraction)
  5. Venkatappa Art Gallery (attraction)
  6. Mahua- The Art Gallery (attraction)
  7. Time & Space (attraction)
  8. Lalbagh Botanical Garden (attraction)
  9. Cubbon Park (attraction)
  10. Bangalore Palace (attraction)
  11. Maiyas office (attraction)
  12. Gandhi Bazaar Main Road (attraction)

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