Bangalore, often called Bengaluru locally, is the capital city of Karnataka, a state in southern India. As the centre of India’s tech industry it’s one of the most modern cities in the country, with good transport links and green initiatives. Unlike the rest of India, Bangalore enjoys a moderate climate year-round, making for a welcome break from the heat during summer months.
We have a wide range of hostels in Bangalore to suit every type of traveller, whether you prefer to stay in fun dorms or cosy privates. This city is tech central, so expect free Wi-Fi as standard in most hostels. If you’re into boutique-style accommodation, look out for a hostel with rustic dorms and a colourful rooftop terrace where you can practise yoga every morning. In fact, all hostels in Bangalore have similarly chilled vibes. Several also have co-working spaces ideal for digital nomads. To save even more on your hostel stay, keep an eye out for those that offer free breakfast or have a communal kitchen where you can cook up a storm.
Lots of our Bangalore hostels are located in Indiranagar, the city’s busiest nightlife and entertainment hub. By day explore its streets of funky shops and markets, and by night party with Bangalore’s cool crowd in the city’s most popular bars and clubs. There are also hostels in the city centre that’ll allow you to be close to the city’s main attractions, including the incredible Bangalore Palace and the beautiful Cubbon Park, the perfect spot to take a break among nature in the middle of the busy city. The beautiful temples of the Ulsoor neighbourhood are not to be missed, and are a massive draw for travellers and locals alike.
Though not as visited as other Indian cities, there’s still lots to do in Bangalore. The biggest attraction is Bangalore Palace, a Tudor-style castle with towering turrets and colourful stained-glass windows. Navigating KR Market will give you an authentic taste of local life in Bangalore as you haggle over flowers, spices and fruit. Another thing not to miss is the stunning Hindu Bull Temple, Bangalore’s most visited religious site. It features an image of Nandi, the sacred bull, carved into the side of a huge granite rock.
Like other Indian cities, getting around Bangalore can feel chaotic, but it benefits from a reliable subway system known as the Namma Metro, with two lines serving the city’s most important districts. A dedicated bus route covers the city, and is cheap and surprisingly easy to use – just beware of the crowds at rush hour. For shorter journeys an auto-rickshaw is a speedy option, but be sure to agree a price first. Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru is 40km from the city centre. The airport bus is the most cost-efficient way to take the journey, which takes around 2 hours.