The capital city of the state of Karnataka, Bangalore or Bengaluru is one of India’s fastest growing cities. Much of its modernisation and rapid growth has been credited to the strong presence of the IT industry. This cosmopolitan city is now considered to be at par with the four metros in India.
Bengaluru used to be the bastion of the erstwhile ruler of the region, Tipu Sultan. His legacy can be found today in the Tipu Sultan Palace and Fort. Bengaluru has its fair share of green spaces and is also commonly known as the ‘Garden City’. To escape the fast paced life of the city, one can always enjoy a relaxing walk in a local garden. As with most modern cities, Bengaluru has an active nightlife to explore. Entertainment options range from multiplexes, malls to a multitude of fine dining options.
While the city has an efficient transport system in place, it is always more convenient to opt for a car rental in Bengaluru. Hiring a car in Bengaluru ensures you can discover the city at your own pace. The city is in close proximity to Mysore and Coorg making road trips possible.
Nestled at the base of the Mullayanagiri Range in the state of Karanataka, Chikkamagaluru provides a wonderful escape from the fast paced urban life. Vast plantations of coffee spread across the hill town have earned it the name, ‘Coffee Land of Karantaka’. Not surprisingly, the whiff of coffee would probably be the first smell to wake you up accompanied by the fresh mountain breeze, of course.
The quaint town of Chikkamagaluru has a fair share of natural beauty, recreational activities and prominent places of interest. The stunning views of the Mullayanagiri Range are best enjoyed from Ratnagiri Bore viewing point. St. Joseph’s Cathedral and Hiremagalur Temples are amongst the major spiritual shrines in the town. Quiet strolls around the Ayyanakere Lake are perfect to soak in the tranquility and natural beauty of the region. To indulge in a little retail therapy, head to M.G. Road, popular for branded as well as handicraft shopping. After shopping, spend a moment at Lifeline Feeds Fountain Park and take in a breath of fresh air.
The undulating roads of the town might prove to be challenging at times and opting for a rental car is definitely a good option. Besides, the cool mountain breeze and quickly fleeting scenery are perfect to enjoy from the comfort of a car.