A timeless, signature address
Numerous old and beautiful temples define the essence of Basavanagudi. It is a lush locality of elite institutions, busy marketplaces, abundant parks with ancient trees, tiny lakes, and an array of unique eateries. A hectic business hub by day, it is a haven of green for those that slow down and embrace its transcendent charm.
Tipu Sultan’s fort, built in the late18th century was designed to fend off the enemy troops during the Anglo-Mysore War. This architectural wonder was originally built by Bengaluru’s famous architect Kempe Gowda in 1537, and marks the northern entry to Basavanagudi. The Islamic-style arches on the exterior walls are later additions to the original structure. Exquisite carvings of religious deities and the Ganapati temple located inside form a soulful Basavanagudi experience.
The Ramakrishna Ashram located on Bull Temple Road and the Sringeri Peetha Matha are spiritual and tranquil spots in the heart of Basavanagudi.
Dodda Ganeshana Gudi, another local delight, has the biggest stone statue of Lord Ganesh in the world. Alongside sits the Bugle Rock; A beautiful garden behind the temple, frequently spotted with poets, literaries, and scholars.
Karanji Anjaneya Temple is one of the oldest temples of Bengaluru. It was once the southern entrance to Bengaluru city, on the banks of the once abounding Karaji Lake.
At a close proximity sits another interesting temple named Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple.This temple has a three tier structure built underground and carved entirely out of granite monolith.
Dedicated to god Shiva, the temple experiences a great phenomenon in early January every year. A beam of light passes through the horns of the Nandi located on ground level, and illuminates the idol of god Shiva inside the underground cave.
Lalbagh Garden, the oldest garden in Bengaluru, extends from Basavanagudi in the West, to Jayanagar in the South,and Shanthi Nagar in the East. There are trees still thriving there that are supposed to have been planted by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, more than 250 years ago. Lalbagh Botanical Garden and Krishnarao Park are distinct lung spaces in evolving Bengaluru.
Basavanagudi is perhaps one of the few localities in Bengaluru that has a distinct logic of geometric physicality. It’s plush, gulmohar lined streets sit at perfect right angles, with diagonal market streets linking the community together in a gridiron.
The architectural influences in Basavanagudi have evolved with time. Be it the stylings of Kempegowda, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, or the British, Basavanagudi is an amalgamation of
influences and time. It is perhaps this intermixing of cultures over time that makes Basavanagudi as diverse as it is. The Ashoka Pillar, Tipu’s Summer Palace, Kempegowda’s watchtower in Lalbagh, and Gandhi Bazaar all sit comfortably around Basavanagudi, making it a treasure trove of ancient stories for wandering Bangaloreans.
Nestled in the heart of Basavanagudi, in a lush pocket alongside the Ramakrishna Ashrama, is a 3 acre haven; one that overlooks acres of unadulterated green. On this spot, a story is about to unfurl. We, at Machani Group, call this story ‘Ananda’. Home to bliss, balance, and heritage.
CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS, CLUBS, SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES:
Dodda Ganesh Temple
The Theosophical Society of India
The Indian Institute of World Culture
The Gokhale Institute of Public Affairs
The Basavanagudi Union & Service Club
BMS College of Engineering
The Home School
The East West School
Mahila Seva Samaja
MULTI SPECIALITY HOSPITALS:
Bangalore Medical College
Minto Eye Hospital
Trinity Hospital & Heart Foundation,
Ranga Dore Memorial Hospital
Anugraha Vittala Hospital
Madikeri Superspeciality ENT Centre
Gunasheela Surgical Maternity Hospital
Khincha Orthopedic Center.
Brahmins Coffee Bar
Kamat Loka Ruchi
Davanagere Benne Dose
Adyar Ananda Bhavan
SUBBAMMANA ANGADI (SUBBAMMA'S SHOP):
This 62 year old shop is an iconic presence in
Basavanagudi. This family-run store (named
after the present owner's grandmother) is 'world
famous' for its home made masala powders,
pickles and condiments, mostly 'exported' to
home sick NRI's from South Bangalore. All these
items are kitchen fresh and stocks are replenished
Perhaps it will not be an exaggeration to say that
D.V.G. Road has the highest number of jewellery
shops per square feet than any other Indian city!