The country is unlocking from the coronavirus lockdown now and we are gradually getting back to our normal routines. On August 29, 2020, the Centre has issued the guidelines of ‘Unlock 4.0’, allowing almost every activity outside the containment zones. Restaurants in many states across India had started reopening during the last couple of months. However, in Karnataka, liquor shops were allowed to sale only takeaways. As part of the new relaxations, metro, pubs and bars in the state will open up in a graded manner. And if you’re planning a day’s outing in Bangalore now, these 5 places must be on your list:
1. Taking Snaps At Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace
When was the last time you had clicked an Instagrammable picture of yours with a magnificent fort in the backdrop? If it had been too long, it’s time to relive the old memories by heading to Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace at Chamrajpet, Bangalore. It remains open every day from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. The awe-inspiring two-storeyed teakwood carved Indo-Islamic architecture with quaint arches and motifs will wipe off your lockdown stresses. Another beautiful option could be the splendid Bangalore Palace, but it has not opened up for tourists yet.
2. Strolling Through Cubbon Park
Mother nature has its own healing properties. And to rejuvenate your senses, you can take a repose amid the lush greenery of Cubbon Park at Bangalore’s Kasturba Road. Officially called Sri Chamarajendra Park, it is home to more than a thousand exotic plant species and flowers. A remarkable structure inside the park is the Iyer Hall, and it also overlooks a stunning rose garden.
3. Shopping At Jayanagar 4th Block
If you want to indulge in some budget shopping, then Jaynagar 4th Block has to be your go-to place in Bangalore. From stylish kurtis, dupattas, palazzos and t-shirts to juttis, jewellery, bags and more, everything is available at this market at throwaway prices. Also, since it’s an open-air market, maintaining social distancing here can be quite easy.
4. Eating Out At Go Native Jayanagar
After shopping your heart out at Jayanagar 4th Block, you can gorge on some comfort vegetarian delicacies at Go Native. This partially open-air cafe at Jayanagar will win your heart with its cutesy interiors and a delectable spread of dishes. The eatery has South Indian as well as European food options. Must-tries here are Millet Pizza, Buddha Bowl and Apple Jalebi with Kesar Coconut Rabri.
5. Having Ice-creams At Lake View Milk Bar
This iconic dessert joint in Bangalore’s M.G. Road dates back to 1930. And after stepping out post-lockdown, the very first ice-cream parlour in the city definitely deserves a visit. With freshly baked cakes and tempting ice-creams, the menu of the place beautifully blends the charm of old and contemporary Bangalore. Definitely try out their soul-satiating Raspberry and Pista ice-creams. Their Bubble Waffles will get you drooling too.
Already daydreaming about exploring the city? If you step out, do remember to wear your face mask and carry a hand sanitiser. On that note, here’s a glimpse into Bangalore’s mind-boggling FLY DINING experience: