Authentic Experiences You Will Find Only In Bangalore!

Authentic Experiences You Can Find Only In Bangalore!

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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?

We know how hard it can be to find unique activities and experiences in this city. We also know that it can be easy to marvel at the general attractions around you. While you can do all this, it takes something more to be a part of the heritage, to take the road unknown and discover newer things along the way.

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!

1. Visit the Talakad and Somnathpur Temple

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.

Somnathpur and Talakad

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.

Gomateswara Monolith in Shravanabelagola

Highlights: The gigantic monolithic statue of Gomateswara.

3. Check out the Architecture and Paintings at Lepakshi

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.

Veerabhadra Temple in Lepakshi

Highlights: Veerabhadra Temple, Granite Statue of Nandi (the largest monolith of Nandi in India), The freedom Fighters memorial.

4. Explore the Beautiful Nandi Village

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.

Nandi Village

Highlights: The train Station, Silk Processing unit and the temples.

5. Discover the Hidden Treasures At Sira

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. What you will see here is 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.

Sira

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.

6. Basavangudi Darshan

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.

Basavangudi

Highlights: Bull Temple, Swami Vivekananda Ashram

7. Explore the Silken Trails at Nagarpet

When it comes to authentic experiences in Bangalore, the list is incomplete without mentioning the city’s famous silk weaving system. Also, explore the Basavangudi temple and move towards checking out the ancient gymkhana or as the locals would like to call it, the wrestling garadi which once served as a gym long, 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 of the things that you must explore here are the tombs of the Sufi warriors who were martyred during the second Anglo-Mysore war in 1791.

Nagarpet

Highlights: Sufi Warrior Tomb, Garadi Mane, breakfast at one of the many authentic south Indian hotels in the area.

8. Sneak Peek into the Houses of Malgudi

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 a part of an urban development project. This particular project focuses on using urban planning techniques to build heritage homes. The best part about this tour is you to get to take 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.

Malgudi House

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 culturally rich tours and walks offered by Xoxoday.