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tgblog May 10 2014

HSR Layout: The Park Within the Garden City

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Hosur Sarjapur Road Layout might not strike a chord as the name is a tad too difficult to remember. But the moment we say HSR Layout, we all identify this locality as it is a stone’s throw away from Madiwala and Silk Board bus stops. This locality in South Bangalore is strategically located as the main city centers  like BTM Layout (5 km), Koramangala (6 km), Jayanagar (8 km), Electronics City (10 km), Indiranagar (10 km), MG Road (10.9 km), Majestic (14.3 km), Bangalore City Railway station (15.8 km), and Whitefield (18.4 km) are easily commutable by bus, thus making it a convenient boarding point. The Bangalore International Airport might be about 55 km away from this locality, but with the Airport Volvo buses that are frequently available, you can reach your destination in an hour’s time.

HSR Layout was created in 1990 on land that was once under the Agara Lake waters. It got the name Hosur Sarjapur Road Layout because it is sandwiched between Hosur Road and Sarjapur Road. Basically a residential colony, it also houses several offices in its vicinity. Broken up into seven different sectors, each of them has a park, where an aura of tranquility and serenity abound and you can de-stress any time of the day.

A park in Sector 6, HSR Layout

A park in Sector 6, HSR Layout

If you thought this place lacks eateries nearby, then you are mistaken. You can find good budget restaurants like Krishna Sagar, McDonald’s, KFC and Agarwal Sweets where you can have a quick bite while waiting to board your bus. And if you have the entire afternoon for yourself, you can even catch the latest movie at Thirumala Theatre in Agara, which is just 1.4 km away. Shopping is another option because Forum Mall and Shopper’s Stop in Koramangla are just 5 km from this neighbourhood.

In case you love being amidst nature, Agara Lake close by is the place to be. And if lucky, you will spot some winged visitors like the spot-billed pelicans, little cormorants, Eurasian coots etc. Madiwala Lake is also 5 km away. You can either sit and relax by the lake or enjoy a boat ride. Other places of interest where you can simple walk down are Someshwara Temple, Ayyappa Temple and St Anthony’s Friary Church in Madiwala.

An illuminated HSR Layout

An illuminated HSR Layout

For someone who is new to Bangalore, HSR Layout might seem off route, but it is easily accessible from all important locations like Majestic, Whitefield, Electronics City, Shivajinagar and Kalasipalayam. So, if you are boarding your bus from HSR Layout, you can either opt for a Volvo bus or take buses run by popular operators like SRS Travels and SRM Transports.

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