Churches on Bangalore’s Mahatma Gandhi (MG) Road
As part of our routine Globetrotting Girls India Bangalore meetup, my friends and I decided to do a Bangalore photo walk. We wanted something easy and a route that provides plenty of photographic opportunities. So we selected the three churches around Bangalore’s Mahatma Gandhi (MG) Road.
Thanks to my friends Rashmi and Divya who planned out this route for the meetup.
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- Public transportation (Metro) – The best and convenient way to commute in Bangalore is by taking the public transport.
- There is a metro station right next to the Trinity Church. The name of the metro station to get down is the Trinity Circle. The Trinity Circle metro station is just 450 metres from the Holy Trinity Church.
- The nearest metro station for St Andrews Church is the Cubbon Park metro station.
- Up-to-date information on the metros can be found on Namma Metro website.
- Auto Rickshaw – The other convenient way to travel in Bangalore is by taking an auto rickshaw. The minimum fare for 2 kilometres is INR 25 and then the metre calculates based on the set fare for every 1 kilometre. The auto drivers are supposed to charge the passengers only what is calculated on the metre except before 7 AM and after 10 PM. During the odd timings, the passengers are charged the double price of the metre. I personally do not like this commutation as the auto drivers generally demand more money than what is calculated on the metres and most times the auto drivers refuse to take the passengers.
- If the auto driver demands more money, either haggle or let go of them to check with another auto driver.
- Generally do not go to the auto stands as none of the auto drivers hail the passengers or they demand very high charges and it is usually waste of time inquiring the auto drivers at the stands.
- This is the best commute when you have very less time to reach a place as the auto drivers make their way around and ensure you reach a place on time.
Logistics of the walk
The walk covering all the three churches is very easy and can be done by inexperienced walkers as well. It is a relaxed walk that requires very minimal time. So it is perfectly apt for a walk in the evenings or in the mornings over the weekends.
Dress appropriately and respect the churches as they are religious places.
- Starting point: Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Circle.
- Finishing point: St Andrews Church, Cubbon Road.
- Distance: approximately 2.2 kilometres one way.
- Grade: Easy. The route is on the main roads, so be careful of the vehicles and ensure to check both sides before crossing the roads.
- Total time: 30 to 40 minutes with leisure time.
- Cost: Free. There is no entrance fee at any of the churches.
- Path: Holy Trinity Church – East Parade Church (not open for non-members) – St Andrews Church.
Information on the three churches
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Holy Trinity Church
The Holy Trinity church is at the Trinity circle and is a major landmark in Bangalore. This church was built in 1851 for the British regiment stationed in Bangalore. Some of the statues in the church were specially carved in England.
- The church is open till 6 PM everyday.
- Nearest Metro station: Trinity Circle.
One can go inside the church. Beware and respect the church traditions and do not make noise especially at mass timings.
Did you know that the Holy Trinity Church can accommodate around 700 people and is considered as the largest military church in Southern India?
East Parade Church
The East Parade church is located on the M G Road. It was consecrated in the year of 1865. The church has services in English, Tamil and Malyalam. The name East Parade comes from the location of the church. It is located on the east side of the Parade Grounds of the Madras Engineer Group (MEG) regiment.
The East Parade church is not open for public. Only members can go inside the church.
The East Parade church is the oldest and largest church in Bangalore.
St Andrews Church
The St Andrews church is located on Cubbon Road. It is a Presbyterian church, consecrated in the year of 1866. The church was initially known as St. Andrews’s Kirk. The church is named after the patron saint in Scotland. Unfortunately, I could not go inside the church but I believe the church building has the Gothic structure. The church also has a Bell Tower that can be seen from the outside.
- Nearest Metro station: Cubbon Park.
Quick trivia: The total cost to build and construct the St Andrews Church was around INR 33,500. And the bell tower is said to have been damaged due to the heavy rains and restoration work was undertaken to get it restored.
Safety for solo female travelers
Bangalore is relatively safe for solo female travelers. It is my home city and I have not had major issues as such. However, be cautious and know your surroundings especially at nights. And be careful of the auto or taxi drivers. Only use registered taxi providers such as Uber or Ola. Commuting by public transport, especially in the metro is the safest option.
Bangalore is a very big city and has a lot of Christian community, which means that there are many churches in the city. The three churches mentioned here are just around the MG and Cubbon Road. I loved visiting these old buildings and knowing a little bit of history about them.
Have you been to any of these churches? What did you think? Leave a comment below or write to me on Solopassport@gmail.com.