Ajay Jun 21 2014

Basavanagudi: A Heritage Locality

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Basavanagudi — an area planned by Standish Lee, a well-known British town planner — is a heritage locality that still has remnants of old English bungalows and large circles that are evident in the vicinity. Gandhi Bazaar, a famous bazaar in Bangalore, now stands on what used to be Karanji tank.

Basavanagudi, Gandhi Bazaar - Bengaluru

Gandhi Bazaar (Pic courtesy bangalore.citizenmatters.in)

This neighbourhood takes its name from Basava meaning bull and Gudi which means temple. This area was earlier called as Sunkenahalli. Famous landmarks here are the Bull Temple and Gandhi Bazaar. Basavanagudi is a favourite spot among Kannada movie and soap opera directors as it portrays old Bangalore.

Basavanagudi - The flower market in the area

The flower market in the area (Pic courtesy www.panoramio.com)

As it is strategically located, Basavanagudi is 39 km away from Bangalore International Airport, N.R Colony is situated within a radius of 600 m, Chamarajapet (2 km), Hanumanthanagar (2 km), Jayanagar (3 km) and Kalasipalyam (3 km). MG Road and Brigade Road, two famous shopping areas, are 7 km away from Basavanagudi. There are bus stops within this area for easy commute and auto stands are located at important junctions. Several bus operators like KPN Travels, Kallada Travels and SRS Travels ply on this route, apart from the KSRTC buses.

Those interested in different cultures can visit the Indian Institute of World Culture which is just 900 m away or read books in the City Central Library. M.N. Krishna Rao Park and Bugle Rock Park are two parks for walkers and joggers to enjoy the peace and tranquility. For the shopaholics, Gandhi Bazaar is a good destination offering everything from dresses to general provisions to electronic appliances. There are several restaurants if you want to have a grab.

In terms of amenities, there are good hospitals such as Vanivilas Hospital (3 km) and KIMS (2 km). Several schools and colleges of repute are located in the neighbourhood, including National College, BMS College of Engineering, Vijaya Degree College, V.V Puram College, BMS College for Women, The Home School, Sri Kumaran School, East West School and National High School.

The Tippu Sultan’s Fort, which is 3 km from here, is a major attraction. A two-day groundnut fair, also known as Kadlekai Parishe, held near Dodda Ganapathi Temple, attracts a huge footfall.  Here, you will get various types of groundnuts from different parts of the state during the event. Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, which has its flower show during Republic Day and Independence Day, is another place which you can visit. Ramakrishna Ashrama, just a kilometer away, and Shakara Matta (2 km) are famous in this locality with many devotees flocking to the area.

After offering prayers people, normally like to take a stroll to the famous Food Street, which is 2 km from Basavanagudi and try out some of the specialties sold by the street vendors. Vidyarthi Bhavan which opened its doors in 1943 and Hotel Davangere Benne Dosa are the two old and famous hotels that provide hot and tasty South Indian delicacies.

Basavanagudi is one of the desired areas to reside in as it is a peaceful locality.

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