Bangalore is a cool and pleasant city. One can enjoy a picnic on any day and a weekend picnic is the best way to spend a Sunday. There is no lack of places in and around Bangalore for a wonderful outing.
The first thing to do when you decide on a picnic in and around Bangalore is to have your own vehicle. If you do not have a car then it is best to go to ziphop to get a self drive car in Bangalore. You could just as well go for bike rentals in Bangalore from the same vehicle rental agency and set off.
If you do not wish to travel far for a picnic then there is nothing like LalBaugh or the Red Garden created by Hyder Ali in 1760. Located in Mavalli in the heart of the city, it has sufficient parking space at the East gate end. The garden has an amazing collection of tropical plants and water bodies—the perfect setting for a picnic. Cubbon Park is an alternative and it is just as peaceful and attractive. It is on MG Road and has parking facilities.
Bangalore boasts of the Hebbal Lake, a bird watcher’s paradise located in Hebbal Kempapura. Watch birds from the banks of the lake, enjoy a picnic and admire the scenery all around. This lake was created by Kempe Gowda back in 1537. An alternative is the Ulsoor Lake on St Johns Road covering about 123 acres. It has beautiful tiny islets that are perfect for picnic, boating and play. Drive to Sivanchetti Gardens to reach this lake.
Inarguably one of the most popular spots for a picnic around Bangalore, Nandi Hills is perfect for a drive of about 60 km to reach there and perfect for the beautiful setting. Take NH 7 and a diversion 10 km after BIAL airport flyover to reach Chikkballapur and then onwards to Nandi Hills
Bannerghata National Park
If driving far away is a waste of time for you then Bannerghatta National Park is just perfect. It is 22 km from the city and has an amazing collection of wildlife. The place may be crowded on weekends.
Mekadatu and Sangama
If you like nature as it is and if you do not like crowds then Mekadatu and Sangama are perfect. Sangama is the confluence of Kaveri and Arkavathi. The place is 90 km from Bangalore and can be reached by taking the highway after you reach Kanakpura.
Shivanasamudram has one of the most beautiful waterfalls and picknicking on the spot is a heavenly experience. Drive along the Bangalore Mysore highway to Maddur and turn left to Malavalli in order to reach Shivanasamudra.
A picnic implies you carry a picnic basket full of goodies. Still, there is no lack of restaurants on the roads leading to these picnic spots in and around Bangalore.
These are but a few of the spots that you choose for a picnic in and around Bangalore. Enjoy your day with the self drive car or bike to take where you want, when you want, the way you want.