Summer vacation is definitely a major event that any school-going kid would be looking forward to. Along with the parents, the little ones too are equally excited to pack their bags and set off to destinations that are near and far, to spend the break time.
For those in Bengaluru, the garden city, there are plenty of options within the city and also within its proximity. And like most other cities, the city of Bengaluru is also the victim of the summer heat, which of late has begun to scale heights.
There many hidden treasures in Bengaluru that can be explored and enjoyed equally by both parents and children. These treasures range from farms on the outskirts to museums and heritage structures within the city.
Bengaluru is a city which never fails to impress its visitors as well as those who have made it their home. Well, now since the holidays have already kick-started, do not keep your little ones waiting for too long, take them to some of these places which do not offer a typical touristy experience.
1. Head To The Turanahalli Forest
The only surviving forest in the city, which is around 20 km away from the busy city off the Kanakapura Road, Turanahalli Forest is something you've got to explore. The forest is filled with lush greenery that doubles up as a cycling track for those who are beginners and also as a hiking path, which takes you up to a rocky peak and offers some of the brilliant views of the city.
The place is perfect for a family outing; and if you are a person who has a keen interest in bird watching, well carry binoculars along with you and catch the birds chirping away to glory.
PC: Raghuraj Hegde
2. The Embassy Riding School
At first your child might throw a tantrum when tell him/her that you are going to a school to enjoy the holiday. Well this school does not offer you Maths, Science or any other subjects, but it offers you horse riding.
The riding school allows the kids to try their hands at riding a horse accompanied by a trained professional. The school gives you the feel of being in a ranch, which has a leafy walking path and also a flock of geese moving around the grounds. To add on, there is a food joint that offers you some tasty Italian cuisine along with some brownies.
PC : Mike Prince
3. HAL Heritage Center And Aerospace Museum
In case you happen to be one of those parents who has a kid who loves to fly and is always fascinated by planes and also dreams of becoming a pilot someday, well without second thoughts head to the HAL Heritage Center and Aerospace Museum.
It is a place in which your kid would for sure enjoy and also be able to touch an actual fighter jet and other planes that are on display here! The center is established by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to provide some valuable inputs about the planes, rockets, etc., in a very professional manner.
PC : Rameshng
4. Pyramid Valley
Want to show your child how a pyramid looks like? Well there's no need to travel to Egypt for that, as there is one right here in namma Bengaluru. The thing about the pyramid here is that it does not house a mummy, but serves as a place for meditation.
Whether you like meditation or not is secondary, head to this place to get a view of the mammoth structure that is surrounded by green gardens, landscaped rocks and water bodies.
PC : Pranabandhu Nayak
5. Bangalore Fort
Assuming that most of the people in the city would have visited the Bangalore Fort and the nearby Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan along with the Kote Venkatramana Temple, many are still unaware about the importance of this fort and its history.
The Fort was a fortification built out of mud by Kempegowda, the founder of Bengaluru, in the year 1537 to mark the beginning of a new town. As time went by, it was later strengthened and expanded by Hyder Ali with granite stones.
PC: Indrajit Roy
6. Jain Farm
The farm is about 40 km from the heart of the city. It is an extraordinary farm that is filled with activities amidst the lush greenery. The farm is home to a large variety of exotic birds, and it also provides a hands-on experience with clay pottery, flying kites, swimming in the pond and a bullock cart tour of the entire farm.
PC: Mr Thinktank
7. Amma Saraswathi Loka
Established in the year 2006 by Mr. Ravindra, who was the former chief of maintenance at HAL, this place surely would educate your child to a great extent. The free-entry museum explains complex scientific concepts in a simplified and interesting manner.
The museum houses some interesting exhibits of a shuttle launcher, an umbrella used for star gazing, a cycle-cum-wet grinder and a dancing fountain amongst others.
PC : @yb_woodstock
8. Jus' Trufs Chocolate Factory
Has your child watched the movie Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and expressed his/her desire to visit one? And have you happened to be unaware of a chocolate factory in the city? Well, the problem is solved now.
Head to Jus' Trufs Chocolate Factory in Jakkur, which provides you a tour of its premises and also provides you a hands-on experience of making chocolates! How exciting is that! The tour takes place on specific Saturdays and on special requests on other days, which starts at 3:00 PM and wraps up by 5:00 PM.