Suggestions for 4 days with young children

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As per the title we have 4 days in Bangalore next Feb and i'm struggling to put together a suitable itinerary. I've never had a problem before, but this will be my first time to this part of India and our first time with our Children (8 m/o & 4 y/o) which rules out particularly long road journeys.

We're spending a few weeks in the Maldives first and there was an opportunity to head home via Bangalore so I thought I'd take the opportunity to give my children their first taste of India. We arrive in the evening, then have four further nights and leave at 7am on the 6th day. (There might be a small possibility of extending if flights open up).

I have two distinct options in mind right now:

1) Stay reasonably close to BLR, in a hotel with a pool and do some short local excursions. Markets, squares, temples, etc. Just to give our 4/yo an experience of India.

2) Stay close to the airport first and last night. Travel somewhere further a field to spend the other 3 nights.

To give you an idea of our likes dislikes from previous trips.

My family originate from Punjab (my wife is of Western Origin) so I've spent some time in Jalandhar/Chandigarh/Amritsar since Childhood.

The cities in Punjab and Delhi would not be high up on our list of places we've visited but equally we didnt dislike the time there. We did however enjoy our time in Rajasthan having visited most of the major cities. And also enjoyed Mumbai. We also quite enjoyed Kerala (Varkala, Kochi, TRV). So making this an urban trip would probably work for us (option 1).

Our first love would be nature. We both enjoyed spending time in the villages in Punjab. We also enjoyed a week in Ranthambore (and have been on a few safaris in Africa). Are there any worthwhile nature oriented experiences within reasonable distance (option 2)?

I'm reasonably fluent in Hindi so hopefully along with English communication shouldn't be a major issue. I dont speak Kannada, although may pickup a few words.

Any pointers/advice would be greatly appreciated, as I'm currently at a loss which way to go with this part of the trip.
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Forgot to say my daughter has already put Elephants top of her list. So for either option i'd like to accommodate that if possible, even if its just a short visit to a sanctuary/see working elephants (if that still occurs in Bangalore).
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Some years ago we had a lunch in the Amblee resort , a little South of Mysore.
It looked as a nice play to stay, situated at the bank of the river.

It is about 100 km from the Dubare elephant camp. In Mysore the lighting show of the palace (on Sunday) is fine.
Also the wild sanctuaries as Nagarhole and Bandipur are not far away.
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Read Places to Visit Near Bangalore

Avoid speaking in Hindi with auto / cab drivers. The fares will be on a higher side. If pre-paid or Ola / Uber then it should not be a problem.
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Hampi or Coorg would be my first recommendation except that you may not want your younger child to travel even that much by road for just a couple of days at the destination.

If not, a short trip to Srirangapatnam, especially the bird sanctuary.

and then Mysore? A shortish drive from Bangalore, even shorter from Sriranpatnam, which is on the way between Bangalore and Mysore.
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Thank you for the responses and advice RE speaking hindi with cabs. Never used Uber in India, does it work well for shorter trips?

I will check out the destinations recommended. I don't mind up to a ~3 hour drive each way, provided the destination is worthwhile. We would spend the first night near the airport. Head out early the second day and spend 3 nights. Then head back in the afternoon to spend the last night near the airport.

Alternative is to just stick close to BLR and do some day trips of up to an hour travel. Can anyone recommend a decent hotel in Bangalore with pool if we go this route. If its close to the airport all the better as we have a 7am departure. But worst case we could spend the last night at a hotel closer to the airport.
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Coorg looks lovely.

https://www.holidify.com/images/bgImages/COORG.jpg

Just the type of place we would love.

But i'm not sure how long it would take to get there from Bangalore? If its too far any closer options?
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Originally Posted by FruscJ View Post Thank you for the responses and advice RE speaking hindi with cabs. Never used Uber in India, does it work well for shorter trips?
If by shorter trips you mean from Airport to Hotel / Hotel to Lalbagh Gardens etc then it does work well. If you mean using it for sight seeing (around 6-7 hours within the city) then I would suggest ask your hotel to organize a cab for you.

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Maybe Nandi Hills could be an option. Avoid going on a week end or a public holiday.
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Originally Posted by FruscJ View Post Can anyone recommend a decent hotel in Bangalore with pool if we go this route. If its close to the airport all the better as we have a 7am departure. But worst case we could spend the last night at a hotel closer to the airport.
Most international chains with presence in Bangalore (and they are all there) have a decent pool and creature comforts. On top of that heap are the Tajs, Oberois and ITCs.

After Maldives, stay in BLR would be a major letdown in terms of noise (if in the city center) and pollution. But I'm sure you are aware of that !
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Originally Posted by FruscJ View Post Coorg looks lovely.

https://www.holidify.com/images/bgImages/COORG.jpg

Just the type of place we would love.

But i'm not sure how long it would take to get there from Bangalore? If its too far any closer options?
Coorg - Madikeri is about 250km from Bangalore and it may take upto 5 hours by road depending on the time of the day. You can visit the nearby Dubare Elephant camp
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Originally Posted by Ravichandar View Post Coorg - Madikeri is about 250km from Bangalore and it may take upto 5 hours by road depending on the time of the day. You can visit the nearby Dubare Elephant camp
Unfortunately the probably rules Coorg out Real shame as looking at pictures it would be exactly the kind of place we'd like to stay.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post If by shorter trips you mean from Airport to Hotel / Hotel to Lalbagh Gardens etc then it does work well. If you mean using it for sight seeing (around 6-7 hours within the city) then I would suggest ask your hotel to organize a cab for you.


Maybe Nandi Hills could be an option. Avoid going on a week end or a public holiday.
Is there anywhere to stay in the Nandi hills? Or is it predominantly a day visit type destination?

For Uber it would just be local journeys around the city. Anything longer I'd arrange a driver and car for the day(s).
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Most international chains with presence in Bangalore (and they are all there) have a decent pool and creature comforts. On top of that heap are the Tajs, Oberois and ITCs.
I've looked on Trip Advisor and seen all the usual suspects are there as you say. Just wondering if I went with my option 1 (stay in the city) if any were better located. For example for sight seeing/markets/etc.

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Originally Posted by nycank View Post After Maldives, stay in BLR would be a major letdown in terms of noise (if in the city center) and pollution. But I'm sure you are aware of that !
Yep. But the alternative was a very early flight out of MLE back home. Going via BLR gives an opportunity to give the kids a taste of India. And didn't add anything to the cost.

Ideally I'd like to stay somewhere like the picture I posted in Coorg. Some sort of plantation/farm/nature type stay.

But we've been in quite a few Indian cities, so alternatively can stay closer to BLR and wonder from there. I know it's not the most interesting of cities being more tech orientated. But I presume we could still find a more Indian experience. Markets, temples, etc?
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I've started looking at hotels in Bangalore as a backup plan. Figured I could reserve one on a refundable basis just in case I can't find something more nature oriented within a reasonable distance.

Any recommendations out of the following (in terms of hotel and things to do in vicinity)?

(~65/night)
Radisson Bengaluru City Center
Gokulam Grand Hotel & Spa

(~85/night)
Golden Palms Hotel and Spa Bangalore
Vivanta By Taj Yeshwantpu
Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru
Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel

(~110/night)
The Zuri Whitefield Bangalore
Angsana Oasis Spa and Resort

They are in order of price grouping headed by approx price based on a quick look at offers.

The Radisson Bengaluru City Center looks very well priced. Is the area any good to wonder? Any nice temples etc to visit. Or markets.

The Angsana looks the best of the resort style hotels. But i'm always wary of relying on pics. Also is there much to do in the vicinity aside for the hotel?

Thanks again for your help.
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If I were in your position I'd go to Mysore straight from the airport - it takes 1.5 hours to Bangalore city center and about 3.5 hours to Mysore (in the opposite direction, you won't have to be in Bangalore at all). Latter is much better from a sightseeing plus the elephant bit, etc. If you'd like something historic the lalitha Mahal palace or the Green hotel can't be beaten for value. Otherwise there are a number of resorts and business hotels.

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