5 things to do in Malleshwaram

Malleshwaram is my home in Bangalore. I have always lived in the area and I have had plenty of childhood memories. It is an area where the older part of Bangalore mixes with the modern era. There are certain parts of Malleshwaram where time stands still. Well, we do have Jayanagar and Chamrajpet which are amazing as well but still I prefer Malleshwaram. I feel that the area and surroundings are the best areas in Bangalore to live and explore. Even though there are many things one can do in Malleshwaram, I would love to talk about the top 5 things to do in Malleshwaram.

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Malleshwaram ground
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Where is Malleshwaram?

Also spelt as Malleswaram, the area of Malleshwaram is one of the oldest residential areas in Bangalore. Located in the north of Bangalore, Malleshwaram is a planned area that was developed after 1898. The area is named after the 17th century temple, the Kadu Malleshwara temple.

5 things to do in Malleshwaram

Shop at Malleshwaram markets

Malleshwaram has plenty of local markets that cater for all kinds of shoppers. Ranging from really cheap products to branded products, Malleshwaram has it all. The markets are spread across the area and include the flower, fruits and vegetable markets, street shopping with local and cheap products and a shopping centre where one can purchase branded goods.

  • The flower markets are stocked with jasmine garlands, roses and other flowers. It is surely an amazing place to click and get some colourful pictures.
  • Sampige Road (one of the main streets of Malleshwaram) has shops on either sides of the road. The shops sell jewelleries, sarees, slippers and others.
  • Malleshwaram 11th and 13th cross have series of local shops and vendors selling all kinds of products, including toys, bags, vegetables and fruits.
  • Mantri Square mall (shopping centre) is perfect to shop for branded clothes, bags and shoes. The shopping centre is huge and has a few supermarkets within it.

Visit the historical Hindu temples

Malleshwaram has many ancient Hindu temples. In fact, the area is named after one. I highly recommend visiting three major temples, the Kadu Malleshwara temple which is adjacent to the Nandi Theertha temple. The other temple to visit is the Gangamma Devi temple.

  • While visiting the temples, make sure to dress appropriately and respect the culture and tradition.
  • Leave your footwear outside the temple in dedicated places.
  • The temples are usually closed in the afternoons. Make sure to visit the temple in the morning or late afternoon.

The Kadu Malleshwara temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Mallikarjuna, was built by Venkoji in the Dravidian architectural style. In Kannada language, Kadu means forest and the area at that time was surrounded by wild trees and hence the name Kadu Malleshwara temple.

The Nandi Theerta temple, also known as Dakshinamukha Nandi Theerta Kalyani Kshetra, is a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Linga. Nandi (a mythological character in the form of a bull) is facing the southern direction (dakshina in Kannada language means south and mukha means face) and hence the name Dakshinamukha Nandi.

Dedicated to Goddess Ganga or Gangamma, the Gangamma Devi temple is another gem in the area. The temple is calm and serene. Every year, there is a festival known as Gangamma Jathre that is celebrated to honour all the Gods and Goddesses. It is a 3 days fair where the temple and the deity are decorated.

Temple in Malleshwaram
One of the temples in Malleshwaram

Take pictures of the street art

A few years ago, Bangalore had a city make over with street art and murals throughout the city. The walls and streets around Malleshwaram was also part of this make over and got amazing graffiti by various artists. Each street art represented something about Bangalore. Be it about sports or birds, they were all part of this lovely initiative. Walking around Malleshwaram and seeing these murals is a delight especially for photographers.

Watch a Kannada movie at old cinemas

Malleshwaram have a few cinemas (* Indians call cinemas as theatres) where one can watch the regional, Hindi or English movies. Watching regional movies by famous actors in Bangalore is an experience! It is like celebrating a festival with lots of whistles and hooting.

The Sampige and Cauvery theatres are the two of the old theatres that have been there from the time I have been living in the area. These theatres bring me back many precious memories as watching movies on a Saturday morning at these theatres was a family affair.

Malleshwaram also has a huge multiplex theatre in Mantri Square mall. The cinema franchise that runs movies in the mall is the Inox movies theatre.

Eat local food

One thing that I miss a lot about home is the food. The food is unique and absolutely delicious, especially the local food. Malleshwaram is home to many restaurants that serve local Bangalorean food. We love our doses, uppit, pongal and filter coffee. A few of the popular darshinis (fast food vegetarian restaurants) to eat local food in Malleshwaram are, Central Tiffin Room (CTR), Sri Krishna Bhavan, Veena stores and Halli mane. I recommend trying out the Benne Masala dose, Pongal and Bisi bele bath, and of course the filter coffee.

Filter coffee Bangalore
Filter coffee

Safety for solo female travelers

Yes, Malleshwaram is one of the safest areas in Bangalore. However, most parts of Malleshwaram is very quiet and can get very isolated. There have been instances where I have been harassed by some men, especially on those quiet streets. So, I highly recommend only walking on busy streets and not on the residential side where you hardly find people.

Bisibele bath at Halli mane, Malleshwaram

Closing Notes

When you visit Bangalore, definitely make your way to Malleshwaram and explore the old side of Bangalore. The people are nice and friendly and the places are beautiful. It also is an area that still has a large part of greenery left in the city.

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18 thoughts on “5 things to do in Malleshwaram”

  1. Thanks for this inspiring post. I love quarters where history mixes with modernity. Malleshwaram seem to be such a place. An old residential neighbourhood with temples and nice dining options. If I come to Bangalore I will definitely go there.

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    • Malleswaram is a popular area in Bangalore. I loved the look and feel and the fragrance of the flowers. The Nandi Temple left a strong impression

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  2. How great to share some of the things you love about your home in Malleshwaram. I do love to visit local markets and the flower markets would be one of my first stops. The temples in India are always so beautiful and I am amazed at the variety in the designs. But I understand missing the local food. When we get home from travel we always head out for our favourite spots.

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  3. Malleshwaram looks like a fascinating place to visit. Looking at street art and shopping are two of my favorite things to do, so it sounds like I would stay busy here! I would also love to visit the Hindu temples. Great safety tip! I think its always better to stay in the more crowded areas when traveling solo (depending on the destination of course!)

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  4. A very nice introduction to Malleshwaram locality. I do remember being there and quite liked the place. Next time I would follow your suggestions on the temples which I have not been to.

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  5. Malleshwaram is one of our favourite areas in Bangalore. It is quintessential Bangalore with its old world charm. Along with Basavanagudi, Malleshwaram still retails its enchanting persona. Veena stores breakfast is something that draws one to Malleshwaram on weekends.

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  6. Being a traveller you not only visit the international and other places but also visited properly your own backyard and I loved that. I really enjoyed reading this one as your home town looks so good and so many things to do. great.

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  7. I have been to Bangalore long back during my early childhood years. It’s a wonderful place to be.Besides being India’s silicon hub there are so many places to visit, Malleswaram being one of them. Loved the colorful murals all over the place giving the city a character magnified by the temple architecture.

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  8. It looks like you had a wonderful time visiting Malleshwaram. The temple architecture is to die for! Even though I lived in Bangalore from 2004 to 2005, I could not visit Malleshwaram even a single time. Maybe I can strike it off my bucket list this year.

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  9. I have visited Banglore once but couldn’t make to visit mallashewar, and after reading this I am regretting. Looking at street art, murals and local shopping is my favourite thing to do while travelling.

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  10. The place feels authentic and has a bustle and energy which I liked. It’s look like an epitome of great architecture and beauty.

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  11. Thanks for taking us to your hometown. I’m sure you had a nice time recollecting the memories while writing this post. The filter coffee you mentioned is interesting. It’s my first time to learn of it.

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  12. Oh my my I miss Bangalore so much. I used to stay very near to Malleshwaram. It is such an amazing place. The local food available there along with the best coffee are to die for. This post has made me revisit those Bangalore days, I had spent with my then boyfriend ( now husband).

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  13. I would love to explore the culture and sights of Malleshwaram! I can see why it holds a special place in your heart. I appreciated your tips for how to visit the temples and what you can find in the markets. I know one of the best things will be experiencing the local foods!

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