Bangalore Layover Guide (BLR)

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Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) is one of the major airports in Bangalore which is the capital of Karnataka, India. It is located about 30 km (19 mi) north of the city near the suburb of Devanahalli. The airport was opened in 2008 and it was named after Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore. Bangalore is known as the tech hub in India but it boasts several attractions that are enticing for visitors. The bustling metropolis beckons vacationers primarily with its scenic, lush green spaces that have earned it the nickname, ‘Garden City.

Can you leave Bangalore Airport (BLR) airport during a layover? Do you need a visa?
It's possible to leave the airport during the layover. However, travelers may require visa. (more info).

Tours, Things to do, Sightseeing

Bangalore Organized Tours

Taj Mahal Tour

Enjoy an unforgettable trip from Bangalore to the world-famous Taj Mahal. And delve into the amazing history of Taj Mahal with guided tour. Admire the unblemished beauty and architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Listed site. Marvel at the Taj Museum’s collection of paintings and antiquities and enjoy your transportation as well. » book this tour

Basavanagudi Walking Tour with Bull Temple

Explore the vibrant cultural history of Bangalore’s one of the amazing districts. You can also amble through a bustling market and can enjoy some of best dosas of the city. You can also discover the centuries-old Bull temple for a glimpse at one of the city’s most sacred Hindu sites. In addition, visit the mysterious Gavi temple that is hidden away within a cave. » book this tour

Mysore Tour

A tour to Mysore is a must if you are in Bangalore because it will show the royal legacy of the Mysore Kingdom. You can relive the royal times by visitng this stunning Mysore Palace, the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, and the notorious Bailey’s Dungeon. Also, Explore a unique sand-sculpted museum made from 115 loads of sand. » book this tour

Bangalore Things to do / Sightseeing

Bannerghatta National Park

The Bangalore city is full of life as it accumulates the amazing wildlife and the natural resources that form a great part of your visit. A trip to the city will not be complete if you miss out on the national park as it is one of the most stunning parks in India. You will be amazed by the flora and fauna of the biological. The mini zoo was created in 1972 for the increasing number of tourists for recreation/ education of younger generations.

Time required: 7 hours.

Airport to here: 1 hour and 15 minutes via private transport.

Temple Art and Architecture of Lepakshi

Delve into Lepakshi, a jewel of the fabled Vijayanagara Empire and artistic center. And discover the treasure trove of temples, sculptures, paintings, and other works of art, including the hanging pillar in the temple hall, a marvel of ancient architecture. Also, see India’s largest Nandi Bull statue in Lepakshi.

Time required: 8 hours.

Airport to here: 1 hour and 33 minutes via private transport.

Visit Mysuru

Embark on a memorable day trip from Bengaluru to the royal city of Mysore, also known as Mysuru. And discover this lavish Palace with astounding architecture. Visit the famed Mysuru Palace the Gothic-style St. Philomena’s Cathedral. Admire the magnificent views of the city from the Chamundeshwari Temple. Also, get amazing views of the Indian countryside from the Chamundi Hills Temple.

Time required: 12 hours.

Airport to here: 3 hours and 36 minutes via private transport.

Shivanasamudra Waterfalls & Ancient Somnathpur

Spend your day during your layover by visiting the ancient temples of Talakadu, also known as ‘city of lost temples’. Learn about its great architecture and sculpture. Enjoy your trip to Shivasamudra waterfalls and explore the temples of Chennakesava Temple. Feel the beauty of the Shivasamudra waterfall surrounded by hills and lush greenery.

Time required: 11 hours.

Airport to here: 3 hours and 19 minutes via private transport.

Backwater Cruise

If you want to maximize fun in your layover in Bangalore then backwater cruise is a great thing. You have to fly to Cochin from Bangalore and transfer to Kumarakom on the same day backwater cruise. This trip will take around 14 hours including round trip transfers to an astonishing backwater destination. So, you can relax in Kumarakom by being enchanted on a serene houseboat trip.

Time required: 15 hours.

Airport to here: 1 hour and 5 minutes via private transport.

Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills is a popular spot in Bangalore near Airport where you can spend some quality time. You can enjoy the charming garden there. Also, enjoy the stunning structure of Tipu’s Drop and Tip Sultan’s Fort along with the beautiful attraction of the place.

Time required: 5 hours.

Airport to here: 53 minutes via taxi.

Lumbini Gardens

Lumbini Gardens is also a great thing to do in Bangalore to spend time. Its wave pools, trampolines, waterslides and even toy rides provide a great and fun activity. In addition, children’s can also enjoy their time because of the beautiful amusemenent park by taking all the rides.

Time required: 4 hours.

Airport to here: 29 minutes via taxi.

Yoganandeeshwara Temple

Yoganandeeshwara Temple is among the best places in Bangalore that deserve a visit. It is located near the Bangalore airport. The carving of the temple can leave you spellbound that will many hours to observe it fully. This place holds a great religious significance for Hindus.

Time required: 8 hours.

Airport to here: 54 minutes via private transport.

Things to Do in Bangalore Airport (BLR)

Relaxing and Sleeping

Airport Lounges and Relaxing
There are three lounges available at the airport. 2 lounges are located in the terminal 1 while 1 lounges is in Domestic terminal. » view all lounges or buy a lounge pass or membership online

Hotel and Sleeping
Hotels are available inside and near the Bangalore Airport (BLR). » view all or book an airport hotel online

Rest Area and Sleeping in Airport
There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones at the Bangalore Airport (BLR).

WIFI/Internet and SIM Card

WIFI/Internet: Free WiFi is available at the Bangalore Airport (BLR). Connect to the “BLR Airport” network . After registering, a password will be sent to your mobile phone.

SIM Card: You can buy the PlanetRoam or Airtel SIM cards from the shops available at the airport. » buy a global sim card for Bangalore, India that you can use for other countries as well!

Transportation to/from airport

Taxi: Karnataka Taxi, MegaCabs, and Meru Cabs are the official taxi service providers for the airport for easy transportation to the Bangalore city area.

Train: Passengers can use the SuburbanTrain service at the airport. (more info).

Bus: Flybus Intercity Bus Service is available at the airport. (more info).

Shuttle: Some hotels provide airport shuttle service.

Car rentals: Carzonrent offers car rental services onsite. » view available cars or rent a car now online

Parking: Day and long-term parking facilities are available for passengers with self-driven vehicles.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Luggage storage service is available at Arrival gates, near Kaati Zone. » book a luggage storage or locker at Bangalore Airport (BLR) online (subject to availability).

Money Exchange and Withdrawal

- Bangalore Airport (BLR) ATMs, currency exchanges and banks