How Safe Is Bangalore for Travel?

Bangalore, India
Safety Index:
54

Bangalore is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, as well as India’s third-largest city.

This major industrial centre of India is, nowadays, a large, cosmopolitan city with diminishing green areas and a working population that’s growing by the day.

Apart from its many other positive features, Bangalore is one of the few cities left in India which appreciates all art forms.

Bangalore has a pretty decent theater circuit, and it loves its dance forms.

To add to this, this huge city is the IT hub of the country and the home of many upcoming startups in the country.

Warnings & Dangers in Bangalore

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

Bangalore is probably much safer than many other large cities in India, but given the fact that it's a large city, it's essential that you use caution all the time.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Be wary of pickpockets in public transport, and taxi drivers (as well as tuk-tuk drivers) trying to rip you off. Be especially careful in the overnight buses or trains. Keep in mind that driving is dangerous because of poor road conditions and the fact that India follows the left hand driving system.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pickpockets are pretty common in Bangalore. Be careful not to get your pockets picked and bag snatching is another very common form of petty theft. Pickpockets are especially common in public transport.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Bangalore is, at this point, notorious for its common floods. Bangalore floods are a great disturbance of daily life in the city. Roads can be blocked, people can’t go to work or to schools. The economic damages are high but the number of casualties is usually very limited.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

Muggings and kidnappings aren't at all common in Bangalore, especially not towards foreigners. Still, follow your common sense and avoid deserted and poorly lit areas.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

India keeps being targeted by terrorists so there is a risk of them trying to carry out an attack in Bangalore. The last one was so-called "The 2008 Bangalore serial blast".

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : HIGH

Scams are a serious issue in Bangalore. This city, as many others in India, is notorious for scams performed on tourists. Taxi scams with taxi drivers convincing you to take another accommodation are very common, as are those where vendors give you less change than they should. Whatever service anyone offers you - you find out how much it costs first, because they will try to charge literally everything.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Sexual assaults are on the rise in Bangalore, and it is not the safest idea for women to travel alone in this country, whether by day or night. Always strive to be accompanied by someone when outside. Move in groups and avoid poorly lit and deserted streets.

So... How Safe Is Bangalore Really?

Bangalore is labeled as somewhat safer than other cities in India, but it can’t be considered as completely safe.

As a woman, you’ll probably be in a situation where a man grabs your privates or your behind and then run away – that tends to happen here.

Violent crime isn’t common in this country, especially not against foreigners, while petty theft does exists but it is more prominent in areas frequented by tourist.

You can expect pickpockets in crowded places such as bus and train stations, and it is highly advised that you keep your bags and belongings tightly by your side because bag snatching is also one of the popular forms of petty crime.

Be prepared that people are going to try and scam you or extort money from you, even the police, though the situation with corruption has improved during the last couple of years.

Keep in mind that homosexuality is illegal in India under a colonial-era law, with penalties of imprisonment or a fine. The law that is still in force has been used for years to harass the LGBT community.

If you plan on driving in India, bear in mind that Indian roads aren’t in best condition, and that Indian drivers can often times be reckless when behind the wheel.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Most countries need a visa in order to enter Bangalore. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your planned date of return. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local Indian embassy for further information.
  • Currency - Indian rupee is the official currency in Bangalore. ATMs are widespread in most areas and as for credit cards, it is advised to always carry cash as backup. MasterCard and Visa are the most widely accepted credit cards.
  • Weather - Bangalore has a tropical savanna climate characterized by both wet and dry seasons. Because of its high elevation, Bangalore usually has a moderate climate throughout the year, although occasional heat waves can make summers unbearable.
  • Airports - Kempegowda International Airport is an international airport serving Bangalore. The airport is located about 40 km north of the city near the village of Devanahalli.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Bangalore, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Bangalore Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 25° C
Feb 27° C
Mar 28° C
Apr 30° C
May 30° C
Jun 27° C
Jul 26° C
Aug 26° C
Sep 26° C
Oct 26° C
Nov 25° C
Dec 23° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
313335363531303030302928
Low
°C
182021232423222222222018
High
°F
889195979588868686868482
Low
°F
646870737573727272726864

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