With a population of nearly 12 million, Bangalore is India’s fifth largest city, alternately referred to as the “Silicon Valley of India” and “Garden City of India”. With its wide boulevards, greenery, parks, and altitude at 3,000 feet allowing for cooler weather, Bangalore is arguably India’s best major city for running. But, given the crowds, density, and traffic, you can’t just walk out your hotel or office door and go for a casual run. It’s best head to one of the generally designated spots for running in Bangalore.
For parks, the best places to run in Bangalore are Cubbon Park (the city’s Central Park), the gardens of Lalbagh, and Lakshmi Devi Park. There are also good perimeter loops around Ulsoor Lake and Sankey Tank. For some longer roads/paths, head to the Decathlon Trail, Hennur Trail, or Nandi Hill. Join other runners at the publicly accessible track at Kanteerava Stadium, or take a jaunt around the pleasant grounds of Bangalore University or the GKVK Campus. Note: Some parks and other running spots might require a modest admission fee. Always bring a little bit of $.
Bangalore has grown quickly in recent years and suffers from serious traffic congestion. The newly opened metro system, called Namma Metro, has north-south and east-west lines and continues to be expanded. The bus system is also good, if heavily used.