The lungs of bustling Bangalore, Cubbon Park is a magnificent green space that sprawls across 1.2 square kilometres in the heart of the city. A popular refuge for locals escaping the rat-race and a drawcard for tourists alike, Cubbon Park offers up a delightful mix of landscaped gardens, open grassed areas and natural rock formations.
Dating back to 1870, Cubbon Park is steeped in history from its longstanding flora displays (which include a 20-million-year-old fossilised tree) to its resident colonial buildings. Start your day exploring on foot, with the park’s celebrated architecture at the top of your must-see list. Check out the gothic-style State Central Library and its impressive rose garden, the imposing red-brick High Court building, the celebrated 1865 Government Museum and the early-1900s cast-iron bandstand, to name a few.
Still feeling energetic? Take to one of the many dedicated pathways that local joggers and walkers frequent and enjoy a scenic wander. Take in the Queen Victoria statue (1906) and the King Edward VII statue (1919), which point to India’s British-colonial past, or make your way to the Mahatma Gandhi Circle for a dose of local culture. Be sure to explore the park’s diverse landscapes, which include perfectly manicured flowerbeds, native and exotic plant species, natural rocky outcrops, ornamental and flowering trees, and huge bamboos. In total, there are approximately 6,000 individual plants and trees within the park, which have no doubt contributed to Bangalore’s nickname as the “Garden City”.
If little feet are getting tired with all the exploration, take a ride on the children’s toy train, or simply find a place on the rolling expanse of lawn to relax. Picnicking in the park is something of a local institution, so be sure to bring your lunch and some refreshing drinks to recharge during the day. Cubbon Park is open to the public all day, every day; however, the hours from 5am to 8am are dedicated as a silent zone, so the park is closed to traffic. (It’s also closed to traffic on Sundays.) Pedestrian access remains open.