Bangalore is a great city to live in. And if you thought all the action is located at the heart of the city, you’re wrong. The city center may house all the parties, but the real thrills are out there in the corners.
Nagavara is a small neighborhood in the north of the city that’s located in proximity to Manyata Tech Park and the International Airport. And if you belong to the crowd that’s disappointed in staying so far from the center, we’re here to cheer you up.
So here’s a list of fun things you could do and have a great time while you’re in the n’hood.
ZIP ACROSS THE HIGHWAY TO KIA
Experience the absolute joy of zipping through the highway to Kempegowda International Airport. A ride through the scenic road all the way up to the airport is always on the to-do list of every Bangalorean. Early morning rides are even more fun with the beautiful Bangalore weather settling down and the cold wind in your hair. End it with some great tea at Devanahalli, (or some good breakfast from the airport) and you could call it a day.
A LAZY BOAT RIDE AT NAGAVARA LAKE
When we say Bangalore has it all, we mean it. Don’t believe us? Visit the Lumbini Gardens by the Nagavara Lake, house to Bangalore’s very own beach! Yep. You read that right. The small waterfront leisure park is home to an artificial beach with a large pool for those craving a little splash. Pedal Boat, Children’s Play Area, Spanish Bull Ride, Twirling Vortex and Wave Pool are some of the attractions that you could indulge in for some adrenaline rushes or even a leisurely experience. And to top it all, there are a number of food courts by the lakeside to make it a perfect getaway from the hustle.
NANDI HILLS. ANYDAY
The proximity to Nandi Hills gives Nagavara an edge over any other neighborhood when it comes to visiting Bangalore’s very own trekking trail. The early morning visit to soak in the glory of the rising sun over the fluffy sea of clouds is a must do. It is also home to the shimmering Amrita Sarovar Lake, temples dedicated to Sri Ugra Narasimha, Sri Yoga Narasimha and Sri Bhoga Narasimha. The hills were once Tipu Sultan’s retreat and house the remains of his summer retreat fort, and also the Tipu’s drop, a 600-metre-high cliff face, where prisoners were hurled down. Fun fact: Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Queen Elizabeth II were some of the notable guests who had visited this mesmerizing hill, and maybe you could join the list soon.
The Rasta S02E01 at Kalyan Nagar is a branch of the infamous Rasta Café at Mysore Road. Although not filled with bikers and the Rastafarian ambience that the main branch holds, this new addition to the neighbourhood makes it up with perfect cocktails and mouth-watering pasta. The grilled fish is a must try with some mashed potatoes. And it’s one of the best places to hangout with friends over a glass of beer and some live screenings of cricket and football matches over the weekends.
SHOPPING AT KALYAN NAGAR
The Kalyan Nagar main road is a shopping paradise if you’re feeling a little rich. The less crowded version of Brigade Road, Kalyan Nagar main road has some of the famous brands’ showrooms and a lot of choices for the spendthrift from clothing to fast food. Small chaat stalls along the main road serve amazing paani puris and you are bound to end up happy and broke by the end of the day. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, but who cares about money when you’re spoilt for choices right?
SWITCH OFF AT HENNUR BIODIVERSITY PARK
Escape into the silence and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city at Hennur Biodiversity Park, a stone’s throw away from the Nagavara main road. Watch the setting sun from cozy shelters around the park, lie back on the fresh grass, jog around the tracks with buddies, or simply sit back and relax. The park is sprinkled with lakes and home to numerous birds. A quiet and comfortable park that is so close to nature is a city’s necessity, and you know you’re in the right neighborhood when one is right next to your home!
STREET FOOD AT KAMMANAHALLI
The abundance of mouth-watering street food in and around Kammanahalli is unbelievable. The notable ones are Al Amanah Café, where the rolls are authentic Arabian and with a delicious Indian twist, and worthy of every single penny spent and Delicious Momos, another favorite around, which is often packed with hungry shoppers looking for some, well, delicious momos! The list might just go endlessly if we continue to suggest our favorites because the street food here can glue you to the spot. So walk around and explore the street for many such joints, and please your stomach to its fullest!