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Self Guided Bangalore Walking Tours 2 | Marvellous Malleshwaram!

Written by Poorna & Brinda

This is the second in the series of self guided Bangalore walking tours. Walking tour of a city is always fun and interesting. It helps you understand a city and its neighbourhoods better. Walking along and exploring a city brings you close to the people, heritage and culture of the place.

We always love to explore a city and its neighbourhood on foot whenever we travel. We normally take a walking tour with a guide for lack of information for a self guided walking tour. A self-guided walking tour also allows you to spend your time leisurely and absorb the essence of the place.

We were mulling on this idea of a series of “Self-guided Bangalore walking tours” which would help anyone interested to explore Bangalore on foot.  These self-guided walking tours are easy to do. We have made sure the walking tour covers around 5 KMs and can be done in 4-5 hours. With adequate breaks, it helps explore neighbourhoods by walking around leisurely.

In this second part of the series on Bangalore Walking tours, we encourage you to explore marvellous Malleshwaram!  We invite you to explore its wide and tree canopied streets. Lovely parks. Iconic eating places.  And of course it has some well-known temples as well.

All this make Malleshwaram a great place for a walking tour. This is nothing but Bangalore of the yore! Incidentally, Malleshwaram is the second planned suburb of Bangalore along with Basavanagudi.

So what are you waiting for? Put on your walking shoes and let’s go……

The Plan

Circuit – Sankey Tank (lake) – Kadu Mallikarjuna Temple – Venu Gopalaswamy Temple – CTR/Villa Pottipatti – Wood Museum – Sankey tank (lake)

Total distance – 4.5 KMs

Total Time required – 5.30 Hours

Google walking Map – Malleshwaram walking map

The Itinerary

7 AM – Arrive at Sankey tank. Park your car/two-wheeler near Bhashyam circle. Go for a walk on the walking trail along the lake. The 2 KMs walking track will be buzzing with morning walkers and joggers. Enjoy the lovely vistas of mist filled lake. If you are lucky, you will find few water birds. After finishing the walk, go for a boat ride in the lake.

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Lovely Sankey Tank or Sankey Lake

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Ducks in the lake……

8.15 AM – Exit the lake on the opposite side near the 18th cross. Walk down the Sampige road to Kadu Mallikarjuna or Kadu Malleshwara temple. One of the oldest temple in Bangalore is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. The temple was built in the 17th century A.D. by Venkoji, the brother of the Maratha King Shivaji in Dravidian style of architecture. Shiva is worshipped here as Mallikarjuna or Malleshwara. Spend 45 minutes experiencing the serenity of this old temple complex. The complex also includes a temple dedicated to Nandi. The name Malleshwaram comes from this temple.

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Steps leading to the temple

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The main entrance….

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Naga devatas in the temple

9.15 AM – Walk down to 10th cross to visit another gem of a temple – Venu Gopalaswamy temple. Built in 15th century, the temple has a very beautiful idol of Lord Krishna with Flute (Venu in Sanskrit) – that’s why the name Venu Gopalaswamy!

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The rajagopuram of the temple

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The vast temple premises

10 AM – Breakfast time. You are spoilt for choices. But our recommendation for you is to either choose crispy butter masala dosa at iconic Srisagar – locally known by the old name CTR (Circle Tiffin Room) – or leisurely Villa Pottipatti, the restored 19th century mansion hotel by Neemrana group. Both are close to each other. You may have to wait minimum of 20 mins to get seated in CTR. For Villa Pottipatti, ensure you have made advance reservation of the table.

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CTR or Srisagar – The iconic restaurant

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The Yummy Butter Masala Dosa – Speciality of CTR!

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Villa Pottipatti

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The garden cafe @ Villa Pottipatti

11.15 AM – We will not make you walk now after breakfast unless you want to walk along the tree canopied Margosa road – one of the few roads still left with road side trees in Bangalore. We recommend taking an auto rickshaw to the interesting Wood Museum. Managed by Institute of Wood technology, this museum is interesting.

From a 780-year-old giant tree trunk to wooden tools, the display is completely dedicated to tracing the centrality of wood to civilisations. One section invites visitors to pick up slabs of woods from different trees to understand how dramatically different each wood weighs, whereas another section is dedicated to the variety of seeds. Detailed posters throughout the exhibit present trivia and facts about wood.

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The display inside the museum

12.15 AM – Walk back to Sankey tank.

12.30 PM – Enter Sankey tank from the gate you exited in the morning. Walk back to your vehicle. If you want to go for another round of boating, do so.

1.30 PM – Return to home.


  1. This is a comfortable walking tour of Malleshwaram covering some of the key landmarks.
  2. Wear a good hat and carry a water bottle.
  3. If you are hungry, you can have breakfast first and then explore Venu Gopalswamy temple.
  4. If one is interested in visiting more temples then there is a Shirdi Sai Baba temple, Raghavendra Swamy mutt, Ganapathi temple. These are well-known landmarks.
  5. Veena Cafe near 15th cross on Margosa road is another iconic restaurant famous for soft Idlis.
  6. If one wants to enjoy more time in boating, then lunch can be had in Maiyya’s in Malleshwaram or Samrat restaurant in Chalukya Circle (Basaveshwara Circle) on the way back.
  7. For those who are interested, the heritage home of Sir CV Raman stands on the 8th cross. It is being converted into a museum. More details here C V Raman house
  8. The wood museum is closed on Sundays.

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Hope you liked reading this post on second part of self guided Bangalore walking tours covering Malleshwaram. What has been your experience of exploring Malleshwaram? We are eager to hear from you. Please dont forget to share this among your friends and inspire to explore “Marvellous Malleshwaram”!




About the author

Poorna & Brinda

We are Brinda and Poorna from Bengaluru, the “Silicon city” or “Garden city” of India.

We travel together. We caught the travel bug 20 years back. On our honey moon, we traveled over the sea, in the train, by bus and in an aircraft! Our adventures probably started in that year. It continues, ever since.

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