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Summer Vacations in Bangalore? Do Something Different With Your Kids & Rediscover the City!

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Looking for interesting getaways to take your child to when the schools break up for the summer vacations? From hidden-away historic buildings to unique farms in the lap of nature, Bengaluru has many attractions that don’t appear on traditional tourist itineraries for the city.

As the temperatures begin to soar, here’s a look at some great summer escapades in Bengaluru for you and your family. These off-the-beaten-track treasures won’t stay secret for long, so get exploring!

1. The Martin Farm

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The Martin Farm is an attempt to ensure that urban kids can get a close up view of animals, birds and even bugs. The farm also organises experiential nature workshops on wildlife conservation concepts, scientific phenomenon, traditional agricultural techniques and more. For instance, mulching, bird watching, tracking pug marks, observing a pond at night and even digging through elephant dung.

Also, getting up, close and personal with the farm’s chaotic but cute assembly of pigs, cows, goats, horses, emus, rabbits, ducks, guinea pigs and turtles is definitely more fun than a visit to a zoo or a mall!

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2. The Green Pocket

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Located in the heart of Bengaluru, The Green Pocket is literally a ‘pocket’ of green’ that offers interesting outdoor experiences for children – like organic gardening, storytelling under the trees, craft, puzzle making, nature-inspired painting, harvesting vegetables, playing in tree houses, tyre swings and more. This pretty play space’s aim is to help children have a memorable childhood by providing a safe space to run around in, climb trees, interact with animals and learn from nature.

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3. Amma Saraswathi Loka

Started in 2006 by PD Ravindra, former Chief of Maintenance at Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd (HAL), Amma Saraswati Loka explains scientific concepts in a fun way to children. A compulsive creator, Ravindra’s exhibits at this free-of-charge museum include a shuttle launcher, a wave pendulum, a dancing fountain, a massive star gazing umbrella, a hovercraft model, a cycle-cum-wet grinder and even portable traffic kit (complete with lights and barriers).

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4. Turahalli Forest

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Considered to be Bengaluru’s only surviving forest, the Turahalli forest is a stretch of lush greenery located at a distance of 20 km from the city (off Kanakapura road). With beginner-level cycling tracks and walking trails that take you up to a craggy peak (with sweeping views of the city), this place is perfect for a family picnic in the lap of nature. If your kid enjoys bird watching, don’t forget to take a pair of binoculars along!

5. Embassy Riding School

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A novel horse-riding experience for your child with a qualified trainer and a relaxed Sunday outing for yourself sounds like the perfect plan, right? The rustic ranch-like ambience, verdant walking trails, a gaggle of geese hanging around and a charming Italian food joint all add up to the brownie points of this no-fuss getaway on the outskirts of Bengaluru.

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6. HAL Heritage Center and Aerospace Museum

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If your kid is fascinated by flying, take him to this wonderful museum for a peek into India’s fascinating aeronautical history. At this one-of-its-kind museum, you can see some life-size models of indigenous aircraft designed by HAL such as the Marut and Kiran. Interesting exhibits also include a MIG-21 and a vintage Canberra bomber. The tiny café, a koi fish pond and the opportunity for kids to engage in mock dogfights at the simulator machines complete the experience.

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7. Pyramid Valley International

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Whether you enjoy meditation or not, a trip to simple but exceedingly lovely spot is something you will definitely enjoy. The main pyramid, Maitreya-Buddha Vishwalayam, is the world’s largest pyramid for meditation and Asia’s largest pyramid for any purpose. Designed on the principles of the Giza Pyramid, this mammoth pyramid is fitted with 640 Himalayan quartz crystals (in the King’s chamber) and is surrounded by landscaped rocks, lush gardens and serene water bodies. Definitely a must-see!

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8. Jus’ Trufs Chocolate Factory

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Wouldn’t it be awesome to take a tour of a chocolate factory to see how a multitude of scrumptious, melt-in-your-mouth treats are made? Jus’ Trufs offers just this along with plenty of workshops for both kids as well as adults by master chocolatiers. From learning about the history of chocolate to making your own customised chocolate truffle, this activity is bound be lots of fun!

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9. Jain Farm

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Located about 40 km from the heart of Bengaluru, Jain Farms is great for a fun-filled getaway amidst lush greenery. Kids are sure to have a great time as they spot exotic birds, frolic in the pool, try their hand at clay pottery, learn how to fly kites and take a plantation tour on a bullock cart. There is also a well-stocked library for bookworms and a sattvic vegetarian restaurant that serves delicious food made from farm fresh vegetables.

10. Bangalore Fort

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While most Bengalureans have visited the Bangalore Palace and Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, few of them know about the Bangalore Fort and its significant history. Originally a mud citadel, the Bangalore Fort was constructed by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore, in 1537 and marks the city’s first steps towards forging an identity.

Later, Hyder Ali used granite stones to further expand and strengthen the fort, which played a big role in Tipu Sultan’s stiff resistance to the march of the British army under Lord Cornwallis. If your kid is a history buff, he/she will love this place!


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Written by Sanchari Pal

A lover of all things creative and happy, Sanchari is a biotech engineer who fell in love with writing and decided to make it her profession. She is also a die-hard foodie, a pet-crazy human, a passionate history buff and an ardent lover of books. When she is not busy at The Better India, she can usually be found reading, laughing at silly cat videos and binge-watching TV seasons.