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Our most recommended Karnataka Sightseeing Walking Tours

Bangalore: Full-Day Historical Guided Tour

1. Bangalore: Full-Day Historical Guided Tour

After hotel pick-up, stop at the ISKCON temple, a religious place known for its beautiful paintings and Vedic exhibitions. Do not forget to check out the artificial waterfall while you are here. Move on to the Tipu Sultan Palace to see the Indo-Islamic architecture, the famous painting of Tipu Sultan, and learn the history of the palace. Visit the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens to see 1000 species of trees, plants, and flowers, and the beautiful glasshouse, inspired by the Crystal Palace of England. Savor lunch at a local restaurant before your visit to Bangalore Palace, a Tudor-style architectural marvel, known for its graceful interior work. Check out the High Court, Cubbon Park, and the Vidha Sabha. See the highly popular Bull Temple dedicated to Nandi, believed to be a vahana (vehicle) of Lord Shiva, carved from a single rock. Visit the Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, a religious place dedicated to Lord Shiva, before you head back to your hotel.

Bangalore: Walking Tour of Fort, Palaces, and Market

2. Bangalore: Walking Tour of Fort, Palaces, and Market

Meet your guide at the meeting point at the designated time. Dive straight into the history of the city as you navigate the streets. The bustling market areas with narrow streets are bursting with stories that reflect the real soul of Bangalore. Depending on the starting time of the tour, have an indulgent breakfast or snack of the locals' favourite Masala Dosa and South Indian Filter Coffee. With a true Bangalorean as your guide, navigate the older parts of the city as you learn about its origins, including the fascinating history of Tipu Sultan and the British. Explore some of Bangalore's oldest neighbourhoods. Enjoy delicious snacks for a memorable day to an area often ignored by other travellers. Proceed to KR Market, which is one of the largest wholesale market places in India. Walk through the busy market as you take in the smells and sights of colourful flowers and fresh produce. Next, head to the ruins of the Bangalore Fort, built in the 1700's and compare it the paintings done by the British in the same period. Our final stop will be the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan. Marvel at the teak wood columns and the influence of the Indo-Islamic culture on the frescoes. Learn about the maze-like dungeons designed for defence strategy. At the end of the memorable walking tour of Old Bangalore, your guide will assist you with booking a taxi or finding public transport for you to head back.

Mangalore: 6-Hour Private Tour

3. Mangalore: 6-Hour Private Tour

This day tour will offer you a shore excursion to New Mangalore. Visit the country and experience the lifestyle in a short amount of time. Enjoy the service of a friendly English-speaking guide committed to ensure your tour runs smoothly. As an access point for coastal Karnataka, you will be able to visit many significant Hindu and Jain pilgrimage centers in the area such as Dharmasthala, Subramanya, Kollur and Udupi, etc. On your arrival at Mangalore Port, meet your representative at the pier and you will be handed over to guide (optional) and proceed for Mangalore City Tour along with your guide. The tour will cover a visit to the cashew factory, St. ALoysius College Chapel, Kadri Temple, Gokarnanath Temple also known as Kudroli, a local vegetable market (optional) and artisan village. On the way, have lunch at a restaurant. Later, transfer back to Mangalore Port.

Banglore: Guided Street Food Crawl

4. Banglore: Guided Street Food Crawl

Banglore is a classic destination, and for centuries has been known for its rich and yummy food culture. Locals are fortunate today that this rich food culture is preserved in the form of small food joints, which have been perpetuated by locals for generations.  You will begin by exploring the authentic and classic delicacies of Banglore, witnessing the preparation as you receive an in-depth understanding of the local food culture. As this is happening, your guide will fill you in on the things that influenced the development of these cuisines. You will taste more than 5 mouth-watering and authentic delicacies of royal Delhi on this food tour. Your guides have designed this amazing experience for you, with the intention of taking you to these places for food tastings. Whilst visiting the stores you will be able to cherish the food, delighting your taste buds as you receiving a fabulous and lasting impression.

Bangalore: Basavanagudi Walking Tour with Bull Temple

5. Bangalore: Basavanagudi Walking Tour with Bull Temple

On this private walking tour, explore the rich history and culture of Bangalore’s Basavanagudi neighborhood. After meeting your guide at Vidyarthi Bhavan, one of the best local restaurants in the area, enjoy some coffee, snacks, or breakfast. Afterwards, head into the Gandhi Bazaar to explore a variety of shops, stalls, and local purveyors selling bountiful arrays of produce and fresh flowers. Next, you’ll head to the Bull Temple, a 16th-century Hindu temple featuring a monolithic statue of a bull and an elaborate collection of statues studding the pyramidal temple. Afterwards, you’ll head to the 10th-century Gavi Gangadeshwara Temple, located within a cave, to uncover the mysteries held within.  You’ll end your tour by walking through the oldest section of the neighborhood, glimpsing structures dating back 100 years and meeting locals who define the neighborhood’s culture.

From Bangalore: Temple Art and Architecture of Lepakshi

6. From Bangalore: Temple Art and Architecture of Lepakshi

Depart from Bangalore after breakfast and take a 2.5-hour drive to Lepakshi. Let your guide enthrall you, as they share myths surrounding Lepakshi with you.  At your first stop, see India’s largest Nandi Bull statue. Next, head to Veerabhadra Temple to explore this 16th century masterpiece of the Vijaynagara style of architecture. First, visit the section called Mukha Mandapa, which served as the dance venue and other cultural activities. Then, visit the Artha Mandapa, where the king worshipped and where the Garbha Griha houses the deity. Visit a unique wedding hall made of grey sandstone, where Lord Shiva and Lady Parvati were supposed to have been married in antiquity. One of the highlights of Lepakshi is the exquisite collection of paintings on the walls of the temple. Appreciate the rich textile patterns, detailed hairstyles of people, and exquisite jewelry depicted in the paintings. As per legend, giants inhabited these parts and built the old section of the temple. Look for evidence left behind by the giants as you make your way through the temple, before returning to Bangalore.

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What people are saying about Karnataka

Overall rating

3.0 / 5

based on 23 reviews

Aniketh was a fantastic guide. He was very informative and knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make you feel comfortable and enjoy the tour. The tour was exactly as described, however, you could modify it slightly to suit your needs. This was my first time in India and I think this walking tour is a great introduction to the area of Bangalore.

Excellent tour of Bangalore. We enjoyed the sites we visited very much along with the banana leaf vegetarian lunch. The guide and driver are very knowledgeable and polite. The vehicle was comfortable and safe.

It was a great tour, Shusma is an amazing tour guide, she is very knowledgeable about Indian culture, and an expert in Bangalore. She recommended some additional places to go, like restaurants, bars, etc.

Enjoyed my day very much. I was comfortable & cared for. Srinivas is knowledge & kind. He customized the day to meet my wishes

the guide was excellent and very knowledgeable and nice. highly recommended