There are a lot of unique and authentic experiences in Bangalore but when you think of the city, you will picture yourself amidst the busy Bangalore traffic. No matter how much effort you put in, the first thing that will pop up in your mind are the swarming streets. This among a million other things that Bangalore is ‘famous’ for. From popular gardens to lakes, there are hundreds of authentic experiences in Bangalore.
For instance, did you know that Bangalore is home to a 13th-century temple, a 58 feet tall Monolithic statue of Gomateshwara and that the famous paintings of Lepakshi can also be found here?
To help you go beyond being a tourist, we have compiled a list of authentic experiences that will help you understand the culture and beauty of this city.
Here are some authentic experiences in Bangalore that will help you discover a whole new side to this city!
Visit the mesmerizing 13th-century Chennakeshava temple at Somnathpur. Also, while you are there, you may want to check out the Vaidyanatheswara Temple at Talakadu.The flourishing town of Talakadu is believed to have been cursed by the Queen who buried the entire town and its people. This temple was later excavated from the sand dunes along with four other temples. With a history that revolves around cursed lands, excavated temples and an ode to the Gods, this is why we love this one.
If you are looking for authentic experiences in Bangalore, then this is an experience you cannot miss.
Highlights: Somnathpur temple, Talakad Temple, Vaidyanteshwar Temple
2. Visit The Colossal Gomateswara Monolith
The 58-foot tall monolithic statue of Gomateswara Bahubali at Shravanabelagola is an important pilgrimage destination for followers of Jainism. Situated on the Indragiri hills, the Western Ganga Dynasty built this monolith in the 10th century – the construction ended in 993 AD.
What’s more, some of the tours you can take include a good satiating Jain meal in the end.
Highlights: The gigantic monolithic statue of Gomateswara.
Lepakshi may be a part of Andhra Pradesh but it is easily accessible from Bengaluru, the town gets its name from the Lepakshipura inscriptions that are found here. The temples here follow the ancient architectural style of the Vijayanagar empire. This little village is home to some of India’s most archaeologically significant shrines which are an ode to Shiva, Vishnu and Veerabhadra. Also located near the temples is a magnificent statue of Shiva’s most beloved bull, Nandi.
A visit to Lepakshi will certainly be a bliss for all your senses. Do not miss the gorgeous paintings that Lepakshi is famous for. The Lepakshi temple also has the finest specimens of mural paintings of the Vijayanagar kings. These murals depict scenes from the Hindu mythologies such as the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and other Puranas. These gorgeous paintings are world renowned for its sheer beauty and striking compositions. Lepakshi is a must visit when it comes to authentic experiences in Bangalore.
Highlights: Veerabhadra Temple, Granite Statue of Nandi (the largest monolith of Nandi in India), The freedom Fighters memorial.
Situated at the base of Bangalore’s famous Nandi Hills is the lesser known Nandi village which once served as a summer retreat to the British officials. The village is home to a gorgeous temple with an influence from the then ruling dynasties. You will also find a potters village and a quaint old train station that will take you back to the British Raj era.
Highlights: The train Station, Silk Processing unit and the temples.
Located close to Tumkur district, the heritage town of Sira has seen the lights of many empires. This town has played an influential role in the rise and fall of the Nayakas, Mughals, Ahil Shahi and Marathas. You will also be able to see the royal imprints of the battles that were fought back in the 18th century. The Narasimha Swamy temple is a mythology depicting temple at Seebi. Its rich culture makes this one of our favorite authentic experiences in Bangalore.
Highlights: Lord Narasimha Swamy Temple, the tomb of Aurangzeb’s daughter, the 319-year-old Jumma Masjid, the Khan Bagh Gardens and the 400-year-old Sira fort.
Basavangudi (Bull= Basava hence the name Basavangudi) is associated closely with South Indian culture, arts, food and music. Go on a “Darshan” to explore some of the lesser-known temples and monuments associated with its founder, Kempe Gowda. Visit the lookout tower and pay homage to Bangalore’s most famous literary giants.
Highlights: Bull Temple, Swami Vivekananda Ashram
When it comes to authentic experiences in Bangalore, the list is incomplete without mentioning the city’s famous silk weaving system. Explore the Basavangudi temple and the ancient gymkhana or as the locals would like to call it, the wrestling garadi which once served as a gym long ago. Once after you can go on to visit the last surviving weavers of old Bangalore who are engaged in the process of reeling & dyeing silk yarn and weaving it as well. One thing that you must explore here are the tombs of the Sufi warriors who were martyred during the second Anglo-Mysore war in 1791.
Highlights: Sufi Warrior Tomb, Garadi Mane, breakfast at one of the many authentic south Indian hotels in the area.
Embark on a journey to explore the houses of Malgudi. This part of the town that lies between Malleswaram and Basavangudi (hence the name Malgudi) is an urban development project. This particular project focuses on using urban planning techniques to build heritage homes. This tour gives you a sneak peek into some of the most gorgeous traditional heritage homes in the area. For preserving a heritage and learning newer things, this is our favorite pick from authentic experiences in Bangalore.
Highlight: History of Basavangudi and learn the urban techniques used to preserve these traditional homes.
If you are looking for more such authentic experiences in Bangalore, then check out the various cultural tours offered by Xoxoday.
If you know of more such unique experiences and tours in Bangalore, then do comment below and let us know.