Plays, cars and cafes
Want dessert? The local boy has some suggestions
Drive around in Bangalore
Whenever I have to make any important decision, I go for a drive in the city. At night. Around Ring Road, the Mysore highway, on that beautiful stretch on Cubbon Road or the new airport road. Bangalore is beautiful at night and driving helps me clear my mind and think. I just love driving.
Relax at Cafe Mocha at Lavelle Road
It's an ideal place to lounge around with your friends. It has a relaxing vibe about it. You'd enjoy just sitting there and talking about this and that.
Watch a play at the Rangashankara theatre
Bangalore was known for plays but over the years that reputation has faded a bit. Rangashankara still hosts great plays, though, and I enjoy going out and watching them. It has a different buzz about it. They run it professionally and make the whole process very enjoyable for you.
Eat at Corner House
It's a popular ice-cream haunt for locals in Bangalore. The hot-chocolate fudge there is to die for.
Order dessert at Cafe Fresco's
I have been visiting Fresco's on Cunningham Road for the last five or six years. It's a fantastic open-air restaurant. The food is good but the dessert is just brilliant. You get a 24-layer cake and all that jazz. I go have a Caesar's Salad or something and then scream, "Dessert please!" It's that good.
As told to Sharda Ugra
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Plan B (Tel 91 9739902745) has a friendly atmosphere and lots of choice in short eats.
Visit the Nandi Hills
Go for a drive to Nandi Hills (57km from Bangalore, off National Highway 7) and catch the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding countryside. It's 600 metres above the surrounding plateau and has steep cliffs on the sides, as well as the summer fort of Tipu Sultan. Be there at 6am to catch the sunrise while standing above the clouds.
Tips for Travellers
This applies to all cities: carry soap strips with you if possible, and wash your hands before every meal. Tourists, especially from western countries, tend to be susceptible to upset tummies and diarrhoea in India. Washing your hands can go a long way in making your trip a sick-free one.