Madiwala presents a heterogeneous picture. People dodging chaotic traffic and scurrying past each other either to catch a bus or rushing to the office or hurrying back home; jaywalkers; women clad in pristine sarees walking to the temple to offer their prayers; shoppers walking to the nearby malls; couples walking down the lane lost in their world; and travelers in backpacks or luggage waiting for their buses to arrive or having a bite at the nearby eateries before boarding their buses.
A travellers’ melting pot, Madiwala is a landmark in Bangalore. It is a major boarding point of several day and night buses and it connects Bangalore to other important cities across India. Whether you are going to Chennai, Madurai, Pune or Hyderabad, you will definitely get a bus from Madiwala for your desired destination. Several top operators like VRL Travels, KPN Travels and SRS Travelshave Madiwala as their boarding point.
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It sees a huge footfall of people every day: From tourists, locals, school and college students, office goers, shoppers and vendors. The proximity it shares with all the important hubs of Bangalore like Koramangala, Indiranagar, JP Nagar, Electronics City, MG Road, Brigade Road, etc makes it a happening place. Kempegowda International Airport is 40 km away and is easily accessible by bus. Another important bus depot, Majestic, is about 10 km from Madiwala. For those of you who are trying to catch a train, Madiwala is a convenient stop, as Bangalore railway station is hardly 12 km away.
Besides being a major bus depot, the charm of Madiwala lies in the numerous budget hotels in the area that are available for tourists. Also, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner there are dozens of options. You can take your pick from South Indian to North Indian to multi-cuisine restaurants; or eat at a pavement joint and watch people pass by.
Madiwala also has its share of attractions. You can visit the 12th century Someshwara Temple that belonged to the Chola Empire. Maha Shivratri in February is a grand affair in the temple. In the heart of Madiwala lies the famous Ayyappa Temple. This 48-year-old house of worship attracts a huge number of devotees every day.
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The picturesque Madiwala Lake is an ideal place to visit anytime of the day. It is a delight for bird watchers, as you can spot various winged creatures like the Heron, Black Ibis etc. It even attracts the spot-billed Pelican every winter.
The other part of Madiwala might be a kaleidoscope of activity, but as the city lights shimmer and Madiwala Lake is silhouetted, the setting is just perfect to sit back and unwind after a dreary day.