The Garden City of India: 5 Natural Wonders to Visit in Bangalore

Are you a nature lover? Looking for a way to relax and unwind after work? Look no further. We have created a list of 5 natural wonders that are easy to visit after a hard day’s work. Want to make it even more relaxing? Rent a car from Zoom for 2-3 hours and visit one of these parks; avoid the hassle and stress of public transportation after 5pm and take a load off. If you want to feel extra luxurious, rent a BMW and arrive at one of these parks in style!

If it is your first time renting from Zoom, we will give away Rs. 500 in free driving credits if you take a picture with your Zoom car in front of one of these famous sights!  Please send the photo to us, and post it on your facebook page.  This promotion runs for the rest of September.

1) Lal Bagh Botanical Garden

Created in 1760 by the Hyder Ali, Lal Bagh or “The Red Garden”, is particularly famous for it’s floral diversity. Home to over 1000 different species of flora and India’s largest collection of tropical plants, Lal Bagh hosts an annual flower show that attracts visitors from all over India. This park is also home to a glass house, aquarium, lake, and most importantly…Lal Bagh Rock; a rock that is over 3000 years old!

Visit this park any day of the week for a sure fire way to relax and take in a breath of fresh air.

Address: Lal Bagh Road, Lalbagh, Mavalli, Bangalore, KA 560004, Lal Bagh Rd, Mavalli, Bangalore, Karnataka 560004

Parking Information: The garden is accessible through four gates. Vehicles are allowed only through the East gate towards the Double Road. There is ample parking space on entering through this gate. Vehicular movement inside the garden is restricted. Access to the Directorate of Horticulture and related offices is through the main gate. HOPCOMS, MHS and BNCS offices are easily accessible through the Double Road gate.

2) Cubbon Park

CubbonPark

Created in 1884 by Major General Richard Sankey, this park was originally named “Meade’s Park” after Sir John Meade, the acting Commissioner of Mysore in 1870. It was eventually renamed to Cubbon Park after the longest serving commissioner of the time, Sir Mark Cubbon. It is home to over 68 genera and 96 species of plants, with a total of around 6000 plants/trees! Most importantly, this park is also home to “Attara Kacheri” or the High Court of Karnataka, The State Archeological Museum, and the Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall.

Address: MG Road, Bangalore, India

Parking Information: Parking available inside Cubbon Park

3) Hebbal Lake

This lake is especially great for bird lovers. A regular meet-up place for the Bangalore Bird Watching Club, over 60 species of birds can be easily spotted here. To date, over 350 species of birds have been spotted in this park! It is also over 400 years old, dating back all the way to 1537 when it was created by Kempe Gowda. Bird lover or not, this is a great place to come and see the diversity that Bangalore has to offer.

Address:Hebbal Kempapura, Bangalore, Karnataka 560024

Parking Information: No designated parking area

4) Ulsoor Lake


One of the biggest lakes in Bangalore, and conveniently situated near our location on St. Johns Road in Ulsoor, this is the perfect place to visit after a long day of work. It is spread over 123 acres, and has several islands that create a picturesque scene if you are there for sunset or sunrise. It also has facilities for boating, a children’s play area, and fountains, meaning that it’s the perfect place to bring the kids for some quality time!

Address:Sivanchetti Gardens, Bangalore, Karnataka 56000

Parking Information: No designated parking area

5) Bannerghatta National Park


This one is slightly outside of the city, but still makes the list because it is truly a must-see for anyone living in Bangalore. Roughly 1.5 hours outside of the city, Bannerghatta National park is the only place in Bangalore where you can see live tigers and lions! The zoological reserve is home to white tigers, lions, leopards, elephants, and deer as well. Feeling adventurous? You can explore their Grand Safari and see these animals live and in person. Lions, Tigers, and Elephants OH MY! Not a fan of large scary animals? This park also has India’s first Butterfly Park! This is a perfect place to visit on the weekend; rent a car with that “special someone” and we guarantee you have an unforgettable experience!

Address: Bannerghattta, Bangalore, Karnataka 560083

Parking Information:  When you approach the BNP premises, BNP officials will come outside the gate and collect a parking fee. Once inside, there are 2-3 different locations to park your car, all of which are within walking distance from the entry and exit gates. 

We know that life in Bangalore can sometimes be crazy, hectic, and stressful, so make sure that you take the time to enjoy yourself and relax! Bangalore is the Garden City, and many of these parks are the reason why Bangalore was given this name. Rent a car, self drive your way to a park, and let the natural beauty of Bangalore invigorate you in ways you’ve never experienced!

Troy Erstling

IDEX Fellow in Social Enterprise

 

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