Banashankari, also known as BSK is by far the largest locality in Bengaluru, extending all the way from Mysuru road to Kanakapura road. A place filled with desi vibe coupled with an urban hunch is a suburb near to South Bengaluru. The area gets its name from the Banashankari Amma temple, one of the city’s oldest temples. It is surrounded by Girinagar, Rajajrajeshwari Nagar in the west, Basavanagudi in the north, and Padmanabha Nagar in the south. Being regarded as the most liveable place in the city, Banashankari is beautifully gingerbread in its old charm. From hotels, street food, art galleries, to cultural hubs and shopping, the area is padded with a lot of things. Here we are with a list of things to do in Banashankari in today’s read.
Top Things to do in Banashankari
Banashankari Amma temple
An area named after this temple is easily one of the most popular temples in the city where Goddess Banashankari is idolized and worshipped. This Devi temple is so powerful that the very energy over here makes you yowl in the ecstasy of devotion. One thing that amuses you about this temple is that the devotees offer prayers during Rahukala, which is often considered as an inauspicious time for puja and prayers.
Where: Near Banashankari Bus Terminal
SLV for Breakfast
You go to any hotel in Bengaluru, you will be served with an amazing Idli, Vade, Dose and other breakfast items. However, only in a few places, you will get that mind-boggling taste. Among such legendary outlets, Sri Lakshmi Venkateshwara Coffee Bar is a prominent one, located in Banashankari. This tiny outlet is nothing less in taste than your Veena stores (Malleshwara), SN Refreshments (JP Nagar) and Brahmin’s (Basavanagudi). If you are craving for an authentic Bengaluru styled breakfast then you can definitely come to this place.
Street Food and Shopping at BDA Complex
On a larger note, we don’t think that most of the Bengalurians have considered this place as the must-visit one but we do. It is a mini-food street offering a lot of varieties from chaats, sweets, to snacks and masala. It is also a shopping street that houses stores and shops selling apparels, novelties, and other home decor items.
Must-Visit – Hari’s Super Sandwich, Poonam Sweet Centre, and Lakshmi Sweets and Chaats
Hari’s Super Sandwich
Started in 1999, Hari’s super sandwich is one of the popular food points in Bangalore. Their Chocolate sandwich, American Sweet Corn, Dahi Toast varieties, to special Boondhi Masala and Congress Masala with Bhel Puri, this Chaat point will never fall flat to impress you. People usually go to Jayanagar for Hari’s super sandwich but surprise! They have a branch in Banashankari too.
Poonam Sweet Centre for Jalebis
You cannot afford to miss Poonam Sweet center when in Banashankari BDA complex. It is hugely popular for its North Indian Snacks; specially Jalebis and Samosas. They also have Kachoris and Dhoklas with Rabdi and Malai Sandwich in Sweets.
Lakshmi Chaats for an Authentic Gobi Manchurian
If you want to have the good-old taste of Gobi Manchurian then come to this place. It will be crowded but worth waiting. Their menu also lists out a selection of chaats, including the Masala Puri seems to be a popular choice.
End your Craving for Donne Biriyani
Banashankari is known for Donne Biriyani points and how can you afford to miss them. Non-Veg Pulao served in Donne, cooked in the flame of wood, served with a special kind of gravy garnished with Egg and Vegetable Raitha is something you must experience. Among all types of Biriyanis, Donne Biriyani stand apart for a reason that it is served in ‘Donne’ paired with hot spicy rasam.
Chikpet Donne Biriyani House
Chickpet Donne Biriyani House offers the World’s Best Biriyani and this doesn’t mean that it is costly. One of the cheapest Biriyani points of Bengaluru where you can enjoy the authentic Karnataka cuisine. The menu includes Donne Biriyani, Mutton Biriyani, Kshatriya Kebab, Chilli Chicken and the succulent Egg Biriyani.
Open: 12 PM to 4 PM and 6 PM to 11 PM (Closed on Sundays)
Where: Nagendra Block, Hanumanthnagar, 50 Feet Road, Ner PES College, Bank Colony, 1st Stage, Banashankari
Also, Try Banashankari Donne Biriyani
Where: No.10, 15th Main Road, Hanumantha Nagar, Bangalore
Open: 12:00 PM to 10 PM
Sri Karya Siddhi Anjaneya Swami temple
This is said to be a powerful abode of Hanuman blessed with a splendid architecture. The temple is known for its rituals and Aaradhanas. A divine space which has witnessed miracles of every kind is one of the top things to do in Banashankari.
Where: 3rd C main road, 1st phase Girinagar, Kadavanthra, Banashankari, Bengaluru.
The Great Indian Bhukkad
Bhukkad is an Indian slang word used for a Foodie and if people call you by this lingo then pat your back. You are an unbeatable Foodie. Great Indian Bhukkad is all about ready-to-eat food on Wheels with a flair for home-style meals on the menu. Gobble up the regulars like Sandwich, Momos, fried rice, Gobi, to specials like Sweet Corn Kathi Roll, Manchuria, and Albeit served in the bustling street of Banashankari.
Open: 9 AM – 5 PM and 12 PM – 9 PM (Weekends)
Where: Behind Meenakshi Mall, Banner ghatta Road, Banashankari
This is pretty popular among Youth with a buzz of offering Ice Creams for Rs.1 during Happy Hours. An Ice Cream parlor with multiple outlets in the city is famous for Butterscotch Nuts, Roasted Dry Fruits, Paan Flavored Ice Cream, and Chikki Bang.
Open: 12 PM – 1 AM
Where: No.419, 9th Main, 24th Cross, Banashankari 2nd Stage, Bengaluru
The Iconic Anand Sweets
Anand Sweets is a legendary sweet shop in Bangalore which is known for hand-crafted Indian Sweets and Savories. It was started in Commercial street and today they have several outlets in the city. The Koramangala store has an authentic Dilli Wala interior with bright lighting and decor. With super delicious Mysore Pak, the store also offers a variety of dishes from Fruit Chikki, Kaju Katli, Badam Burfi, Jalebi, Dhokla, and Motichoor Laddoo.
Open: 8:30 AM to 10 PM
Where: No. 70, 21st Main Rd, 2nd Stage, Banashankari, Opp. BDA Complex, Bengaluru
Late Night Open LSD Cafe
LSD Cafe is one of the best late night restaurants in Bangalore. There is no seating available but home delivery is certainly there till 2 AM. The fresh hot food being delivered to your home in the middle of the silentious night is what the LSD Cafe is known for. Sometimes, you may have to pre-order but their Dal Khichdi, Veg Noodles, and Ras Malai are a must try.
Open: 7 PM to 5 AM
Must-Have: Chinese, and Continental Italian
Where: 100 Feet Road, 3rd stage, Banashankari
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Suchitra Cinema & Cultural Academy
If you are a film enthusiast who would love to watch movies of the genres then choose this cultural academy. Suchitra Cinema offer movie screening, both national and international. You can check out their Facebook page for updates. Adding to this, short-term acting courses are also offered coupled with theatre classes.
Get lost in Turahalli Forest (10 km)
Turahalli forest is an 800 acre land of green lush and deciduous woodland. If you are a bird watcher or a rock climber then you will fall in love with this place. It is also said to be a reserved forest for peacocks.
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So, this was our list of things to do in Banashankari. If we have missed any then please let us know in the comments below.
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