Fly Dining in Bengaluru. Photo: @flydining/ Facebook
This Valentine’s Day, look beyond the bars and breweries for that special date. There’s a lot more Namma Bengaluru has to offer for couples looking to paint the town red. Here are some unique date ideas for Valentine’s Day in ‘luru:
Valentine’s Day date ideas in Bengaluru
Take a wine tour at a local vineyard
Although the city is known more for its pub culture than its wines, Bengaluru does have a few beautiful vineyards in the Nandi Hills valley that are open for wine tours. Take a trip to SDU Winery’s vineyards in the Chikkaballapur district, just over an hour away from MG Road. Tour their pristine land, handpick some French varietal grapes and sip on their classic wines, like their signature Syrah and Chardonnay, aged in French oak for ten months as you enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding Makali hills. You can also take a tour of the Grover Zampa Winery in Doddaballapur, just under two hours from the city’s centre, and learn about the process of wine-making, fermentation, processing and ageing. Taste a variety of their wines in their exclusive tasting room Cave De La Reserve and take a stroll through the scenic 410-acre vineyard. If you’re looking for something truly local, visit the city’s very own Big Banyan Winery in Tavarekere Hobli, an hour away from the city, where you can walk through the vineyards and enjoy a special tasting session with the winemakers.
Go camping in Gokarna
If you want to extend your Valentine’s Day plans, take a road trip to Gokarna—a beach destination just as scenic as Goa, but minus the crowds. For the full experience, stay on the beach as part of an exclusive Valentine’s Day camp. Trek up to Om Beach, with lunch at Kudle Beach, followed by some exciting water sports with your partner as the sun sets on the horizon.
Price: Rs5,499. Website
Take a pottery workshop
Learning new skills together is always a great idea, especially if it is something that involves getting your hands dirty. Lahe Lahe is a community space in Bengaluru that encourages people to do just that. Slow down, interact and bond with each other as you get your creative juices flowing. Join their Valentine’s Day pottery workshop, which is open to all couples, irrespective of gender and orientation. At the end of the day, you can take your original creations home as a keepsake for the great memories.
Price: Rs2,360. Register here
Take a guilt-free break in Coorg
Get away from the busy city with a short drive and dive into some much-needed peace and quiet at The Tamara. This eco-resort, with 56 cottage-style villas spread over 180 acres, is nestled in the hills of Coorg and surrounded by lush greenery and coffee and spice plantations. As part of their Valentine’s Day package, you can enjoy a luxurious stay along with candlelight dinners and romantic walks. You can even take a chocolate-making class or a mixology session together. The icing on the cake is an exclusive concert by indie band When Chai Met Toast on Valentine’s Day, open only to hotel residents.
Doubles from Rs14,000. Website
Have dinner in the sky
Take your dinner date to the next level, quite literally. Book a dinner spot with Fly Dining and enjoy a meal with your partner 160ft above the ground. The table also rotates 360 degrees very slowly so you can get the best aerial views of Hebbal Nagavara Lake, Manyata Tech Park and the greenery around it. The hanging restaurant has a set dinner menu of sautéed veggies or grilled chicken with herbed rice, croquettes and bruschetta along with a fruit bowl and a mocktail. Don’t expect complete privacy though. You’ll be dining at a table with 20 other people.
Prices: Rs6,999 per person. Website
Go for a chopper ride above the city
Bengaluru’s infamous traffic tends to take away the romance from long drives. But you can skip that entirely and choose to fly instead. The city’s Heli Taxis by Thumby aviation, which offer shuttle services to and from the airport, also have weekend joy rides for people looking for a fun chopper ride. Board the Bell Helicopter from the Electronic City helipad or the Jakkur Aerodrome and enjoy a 10-minute ride over the picturesque city, with its greenery and gorgeous lakes.
Price: Rs3,500 per person. Website
Book a private picnic for two
Surprise your loved one with a picture-perfect picnic date curated by The Picnic Company. This bespoke service in Bengaluru will make sure that the dreamy fantasy you have of a picnic on a sunny day comes to life. You can have them set up a picnic for you right in your backyard, or opt for a different setting at one of the company’s partner farms, not more than two hours away from the city. All their picnics come with a classic four-course menu including salads, a grazing platter, main course and dessert along with mocktails. You can go for the classic picnic basket, with food, beverages and a picnic carpet or take it a notch higher with the bespoke picnic package, which includes a more stylised set-up as well.
Price: From Rs4,999 for two. Book a picnic on their Instagram