Urmila Marak May 31 2014

KR Puram

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Krishnarajapuram or KR Puram, as it is popularly known, is a neighbourhood in Bangalore that is well connected by road and rail. As National Highway-4 runs through the area, this busy arterial road that connects Andhra Pradesh and Chennai is always choc-o-bloc with traffic any time of the day. Another reason for the never-ending traffic here is because the Old Madras Road connect with the Outer Ring Road near KR Puram railway station. The entrance of the hanging bridge in the area also acts as a temporary bus stop for private operators like Vivegam Travels or Kesineni Travels, besides the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses. As it is a major boarding point, people waiting to board their buses spill on to the road, thus adding to the woes.

The cable-stayed bridge at Krishnarajapuram (Photo courtesy: Deccan Chronicle)

The cable-stayed bridge at Krishnarajapuram (Photo courtesy: Deccan Chronicle)

The traffic issue might be an everyday affair, but when we see the cable-stayed flyover in the area standing tall and resplendent, it is simply breathtaking. A landmark in itself, this 230-metre bridge built over the Krishnarajapuram Railway Station had won the most outstanding national bridge award in 2009.

This neighbourhood is well-connected to all the major hubs of the city like Indiranagar (7.2 km), MG Road (9 km), Whitefield (11.8), Koramangala (12 km), Majestic (14 km), Bangalore Railway Station (22 km) and Kempegowda International Airport (38 km). Direct buses are available throughout the day for all these places, thus making it convenient for people commuting to and fro this area. Autorickshaws are also available for those of you who do not want to take the bus. But ensure that you take an auto that plies on metre.
When it comes to appeasing the foodies, KR Puram is no way behind the other localities in the city. From tea joints to fine-dining, you will find restaurants that will suit each individual’s pocket. If you want to enjoy a cozy evening, head to OP Japanese Restaurant and delight yourself in Japanese cuisine. For south Indian food lovers, there is the Southern Spicy, Udupi Veg Hotel and Madhushala KR Inn. Looking for a quick grab? Then Banashankari Biryani Corner, Goli Vada Pav, Café Coffee Day and Domino’s are some of your options.

If you are new to the area and are looking out for some hospitals close by, then K R Puram Super Speciality Hospital is where you can go to in case of emergencies. For shopaholics, Gopalan Signature Mall is the best place to be. You can not only shop, but also dine and catch the latest movie.

KR Puram is endowed with several lakes and temples. It is also home to one of the biggest lakes in the city, the Yelemallappa Shetty Lake, besides the Vengayyana Lake. The Mahabaleshwara and Rama temple lies very close to the lake, adding to the beauty of the ancient temple. The chariot festival of the Kote Venkataramana and Kashi Vishweshwara temple that is held annually is a huge crowd puller.

If you are in the area to catch a bus and have a lot of time in hand, you will not get bored, as you can shop, eat and also have a quiet time at the lakes and temples.

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