Though there are many magnificent tourist attractions in Bangalore, I am going to devote myself to those in and near Krishnarajapuram. These are the places which are less talked about, not tourist traps, and most are secrets that are known only to local residents and long-time Bengalureans.
The Iskcon Temple, of course, is an exception which finds its mention here just by being one of my all time favorite places to visit. But if you are looking for mentions of Cubbon Park, Lalbagh, Bannerghatta National Park, and the likes, check out our guide on the top 10 tourist attractions in Bangalore.
So, without much further ado, let’s see the list of Bangalore attractions near KR Puram.
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Location: 3, 80 Feet Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar.
Timings: 11.00 AM to 10.00 PM, all days of the week.
Distance from K.R.Puram Railway Station: 5.20 KM.
Bus Routes: 305N, SVRMF-1A, V-MF-1B to Swami Vivekananda Metro Station and approx 15 minutes walk to Lazer Castle.
304E, 305, 305A, 306C, 322M to Ulsoor Bus Stop and 139, 314, 314E,
314H from Ulsoor to Thippasandra Cross Bus Stop and approx 1 minute
walk to Lazer Castle.
Approx cost by UBER or OLA: Rs.110/- to Rs.130/-.
A great team and group hangout spot very near to K.R.Puram offering wholesome fun for all age groups.
Laser Tag, the latest alternative sport to take the world by storm, with an arena to be seen to be believed, is the main attraction here. This computer controlled sport offers an unparalleled experience to all, from players of 6 years to adults of any age. Other table games such as Air Hockey and Foosball does well to add value to your entertainment.
Location: North-East Bangalore, near Medahalli.
Timings: Anytime with enough light.
Distance from K.R.Puram Railway Station: 10 KM.
Bus Routes: 316R, 380G, 383, 500HK from K.R.Puram Tin Factory to Medahalli and 2.10 KM walk from there to the lake.
Approx cost by UBER or OLA: Rs.150/- to Rs.190/-.
Occupying around 260 acres, this lake is unarguably one of the largest water bodies of Bangalore. This man made tank built in the early 1900s, to tackle drought, is mostly untouched by developments and still maintains its pristine natural glory. The lake is named after the noted philanthropist Yele Mallappa Shetty, who donated a lion’s share of his wealth to have this lake constructed.
A must visit spot for bird watching buffs, this place attracts much variety of migratory birds to its shores. Around 38 species have been recorded so far, from Pelicans to Golden Oriole, Northern Shoveler, Bulbul, Egrets, Green Bee Eater, Pied Kingfisher, Eurasian Coot to name just a few.
The little trekking involved to reach the spot adds to your sense of adventure.
Location: Nagawara Lake, Ring Road, Hebbal.
Timings: 11.00 AM to 07.00 PM, all days of the week.
Distance from K.R.Puram Railway Station: 15 KM.
Bus Routes: 500DB, 500D, V-500D, V-500E, 500TA, 507A.
Approx cost by UBER or OLA: Rs.180/- to Rs.210/-.
A must visit place for fun seekers, adventurists, and photo fanatics, Lumbini Gardens covers an area of 1.5 KM stretch along the brimming Nagawara lake. A serene spot which offers you a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
This one of its kind eco-friendly boating park can accommodate up to over 5000 visitors boasts of a variety of fun activities from dry & water rides to boating, a wave pool, and a floating restaurant. Also, this park offers you the provision of bulk booking for get-togethers and parties.
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Location: Brindavan Layout, T.C.Palya, Battarahalli.
Timings: 11.00 AM to 08.00 PM, all days of the week.
11.00 AM to 07.00 PM for Boating Facility.
Distance from K.R.Puram Railway Station: 6.40 KM.
Bus Routes: 500C K.R. Puram to Channasandra and MF-6 from Channasandra to T.C.Palya. Or 317G, 317S, 380, G-12 from K.R. Puram Tin Factory to K.R. Puram Extn Stop and then around 20 minutes walk to Lake Park.
Approx cost by UBER or OLA: Rs.120/- to Rs.150/-.
This relatively newly built Park skirts the Vengaihnakere Lake occupying an area of 40 acres. The park itself has been developed in an area spreading over 20 acres and has been gaining in popularity as a spot well worth a visit.
With a variety of birds making this lake their home, the lake is a favourite haunt of bird watchers. A separate fishing zone for visitors, an artificial island, and a range of boating options adds to the popularity of the lake.
The fun and frolic park itself is full of pleasing to the eye and soul flowering plants and long hedges and boasts a children’s play area, a jogging track, and a food court.
Location: 9th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore.
Timings: Weekdays; 08.00-11.30 AM & 05.00-08.30 PM.
Weekends; 08.00 AM-12.30 PM & 05.00-09.00 PM.
Distance from K.R.Puram Railway Station: 16 KM.
Bus Routes: 500A, 500L, C-500A.
Approx cost by UBER or OLA: Rs.250/- to Rs.280/-
One of the oldest temples in Bangalore, spread over 5 acres of land, is located on top of a rocky hillock and is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Believes have it that a big heap of “Ragi” (millet) turned into the rock on which the temple stands, giving rise to the name “Ragigudda”.
It is also believed that the Holy Trinity; Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara visited the place during this incident and wanting to stay permanently at the pious spot turned themselves into stone pillars and you can still find them engraved on huge rocks at the side of the temple. The temple also hosts a Linga, Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana.
It is a beautiful place to visit, especially during sunset hours, sit, relax, meditate and generally catch up with yourselves.
Location: Palace Road, Vasanth Nagar.
Timings: 10.00 AM to 05.30 PM, all days of the week.
Distance from K.R.Puram Railway Station: 19 KM.
Bus Routes: SBS-13K from K.R.Puram to Shivajinagar and 290 from Shivajinagar to Vasanth Nagar.
Approx cost by UBER or OLA: Rs.250/- to Rs.280/-.
A much sought after place by history and art buffs, the Bangalore palace was bought by His Highness Chamarajendra Wodeyar in the year 1873 and is well known for its Tudor-Style architecture and its resemblance to the castles of England & Normandy with its turrets, battlements, and fortified towers.
This erstwhile residence of the Wodeyars, built mostly in wood, is adorned with breathtaking wood carvings and is a museum of sort being home to a lot of Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings, a dining table of Diwan of Mysore, Sir Mirza Ismail, Coat of Arms, and a chair used to weigh jockeys among other valuable displays.
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Location: Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Road, Rajajinagar.
Timings: Morning 04.15 AM to 05.00 AM & 07.15 AM to 01.00 PM. Evening 04.15 PM to 08.20 PM. Weekends & Public Holidays 07.15 AM to 08.30 PM.
Distance from K.R.Puram Railway Station: 20 KM.
Bus Routes: 502CT to BEL Circle Bus Stop and 401K from BEL to Govt Soap Factory. 500DB to Mekhri Circle and 180 from Mekhri Circle to Govt Soap Factory.
Approx cost by UBER or OLA: Rs.270/- to Rs.300/-.
This grand temple for Radha Krishna and cultural complex is one of the largest Iskcon structures in the world covering a hillock of 7 acres. This temple was envisioned by Madhu Pandit Dasa as per the Iskcon Founder-Acarya, Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and became a reality in the year 1997.
Apart from assisting you in your spiritual quest, this temple also helps to keep body and soul together by serving tasty “khichdi” prasadams to each and every visitors during darshan hours and through the number of satvic food stalls located within the complex.
The shopaholic in you is also catered to. There are many souvenir shops, virtually a thriving market, dotting the exit way. These shops deal in a variety of merchandise from books on Krishna to bags, stationery, CDs, clothes, all with Krishna’s mark on them.
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