It’s an obvious statement to make, but Bengaluru has some pretty awesome green spaces. From the very centrally located Cubbon Park to Turahalli Forest at city’s edge, here’s a look at some of our favorites green spaces (and what you can do there)
The city’s biggest green space – it’s spread over 100 acres – the park is a favourite escape for everyone from Baby Boomers to the just-christened ‘Founders’. Locals walk, jog, do yoga or cycle there early in the morning – note that it’s a designated silent zone from 5am to 8am – before visitors crowd the park and explore its zoo, aquarium and children’s library. There is always a creative fest for kids at Jawahar Bal Bhavan as well. On a Sunday, pack your picnic blanket and head to the park for the Udaya Raaga (Morning Raaga) concert held between 7.30am and 9am. Then walk past the Vidhana Soudha, Karnataka’s gargantuan legislative building (also the biggest in India) which has been built in what has been described as a ‘Mysore Neo-Dravidian’ style. Also making selfie-worthy backdrops are the high court, government museum, Central Library and art gallery.
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Lalbagh Botanical Garden
People with green thumbs – as well as those without – will love this ‘Green Garden’. Packed with over 1800 species of plants, the 240-acre garden celebrates all that flora with bi-annual flower shows and tours – ask for a botanist with an electric car or garden guide. Also on-site are The Glass House and The Flower Exhibit. On Sundays, music lovers will also be able to spread their blankets out here for the twice-a-day (7am and 5pm) classical #SoulTunes
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Since it sits on a 1.5km stretch along Nagavara Lake, the park is best known for its many boating options. Water babies from north Bengaluru can spend enough time on the water, or in the wave pool (yep, you read it right) and amusement park. In the evenings, it’s worth walking across well-lit paths to admire (and take a comical photo alongside) the many sculptures that dot the park.
Bannerghatta Biological Park
If you’ve had enough of all that flora, admire fauna at this carefully preserved park and jungle, located 22km south of the city. Divided into a zoo, butterfly park, wild life safari and rescue centre, it’s become a hub for eco-tourism and perfect for a #FamJam. We’d recommend you head to the Suvarnamukhi and Udige Bande Watch Towers or the Barbar Stone for a panaromic view of the park before you take the kids on a lion/tiger/bear safari.
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You can tell a lot about a place’s popularity if the locals dedicate a Day to it. Turahali Day is celebrated in Turahalli Forest, which is some 20km from the centre of Bengaluru. Described as the last major green lung in the city, it’s a favourite with cyclists, trekkers and bird watchers. So much so that the space has its own special day that sees naturalists descend (or is it ascend?) on the forested hill. Don’t miss the small temple on top.
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