5 things to see in Halasuru Ulsoor Heritage Walk

Do you enjoy exploring a neighbourhood on foot? Are you one of those who love heritage and history? Then the Halasuru or Ulsoor heritage walk is for you. With narrow lanes and beautiful old temples, the heritage walk passes through some fantastic and bygone landmarks of Bangalore / Bengaluru.

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About Halasuru or Ulsoor

Located in Central Bengaluru, Halasuru or Ulsoor is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Bengaluru. The area is next to the Mahatma Gandhi (MG) road, famous for ancient temples and lanes. According to history, it is believed that Vijayanagara emperors gifted the area/ suburb to Kempe Gowda I, the founder of Bengaluru, in the 16th century.

As there was a jackfruit orchid near the Ulsoor lake, the area got its name Halasuru, which means Jackfruit village in Kannada. The locals dominate the area, Kannada speaking people, with Tamil population.

Due to the weather and climate of Ulsoor suburb, the first British military station was setup here in 1807. The area was divided into two parts, black and white areas, depending on whether the British or the locals stayed. All the soldiers and military personnel settled around the area, especially in the white area. Ulsoor, around Sree Someshwara Swamy Temple, was inhabited by the locals, hence the black area.

How to Get to Ulsoor?

Part of Central Bengaluru, Ulsoor is located next to MG Road, at the end of Trinity circle. There are many modes of transport in Bangalore.

  • Metro – Ulsoor has a metro station of its own. The metro station is called Halasuru and lies on the purple line. The route, timings and fare are on the Namma Metro website. You can purchase a metro ticket at any metro station.
  • Buses – There are frequent buses, operated by Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), that connect Ulsoor and other areas in Bengaluru.

5 Things to See on Halasuru/Ulsoor Heritage Walk

Ulsoor heritage walk is a stunning and remarkable walks in Bengaluru. It showcases how Ulsoor has evolved from a traditional to a modern area. The lanes are still narrow and the houses remind of the past days. It is a short walk of around 3 to 4 kilometres, starting from Ulsoor metro station and ending at Ulsoor Lake. There are many stories to be heard and many things to be seen during this heritage walk. However, the top 5 things you will see on Ulsoor heritage walk are documented below.

If you wish to do a guided walk to hear the history and stories, contact us at info@bengaluruprayana.com or bengaluruprayana@gmail.com.

Old Houses in Ulsoor

Because of their modern adaptation and growing population, you can still find ancient houses in Ulsoor, now a rare sight in Bengaluru. The ancient houses in the suburb date back more than one hundred years. These houses remind the passersby of the classical Tamil architecture. One of the prominent features of Tamil architecture is the sit-out area or the verandah.

  • As these are someone’s homes, be mindful and respect the privacy while taking pictures and observing the homes.
Old houses in Ulsoor

Sree Someshwara Swamy Temple

Dating back to the Chola period, Sree Someshwara Swamy temple is a Hindu temple and one of the historical temples in Bengaluru. Established in the 3rd century, Chola dynasty was a Tamil empire of southern part of India. The dynasty was at its peak during the mid-9th century. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Sree Someshwara Swamy temple was then modified with additions of architectural structures by Vijayanagara empire.

  • Temple timings: 6:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM daily.
  • Entrance fee: No entrance fee.
  • Photographs are allowed only on the exteriors of the temple.
  • The best time to visit the temple is in the morning as there is less crowd.
  • As this is a religious place, wear appropriate clothes.
Sree Someshwara Swamy temple Ulsoor
Sree Someshwara Swamy temple

Trinity Church

Built in 1851, Holy Trinity Church is considered the most prominent military church in southern India. One of the churches on MG Road was constructed in the English Renaissance style for the British Regiment. Initially called Holy Trinity Garrison Pastorate, the church can currently accommodate 700 people, and some of the structures present in the church were commissioned and carved in England.

  • Church timings: 6:30 AM to 6 PM every day. On public holidays, the church opens at 9 AM.
  • Entrance fee: No entrance fee.
Holy Trinity Church Bengaluru
Holy Trinity Church

Ulsoor Lake

One of the most popular lakes to visit in Bengaluru is Ulsoor Lake. Spreading across 123 acres, Ulsoor Lake is a man-made lake with a few islands. The lake was created by Sir Lewin Bentham Bowring, a British Indian civil servant who served as the Chief Commissioner of Mysore during British India.

  • Lake timings: 6 AM to 8 PM every day.
  • Entrance fee: No entrance fee.
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Kempegowda Tower

Marking the boundaries and four corners of Bengaluru city, Kempe Gowda I built four watch towers, called the Kempegowda towers. Even though Bengaluru has grown and expanded way beyond these boundaries, these towers are currently located at:

  • Mekhri circle.
  • Lalbagh Botanical Garden.
  • Gavipuram.
  • Ulsoor.

Located in Madras Sappers campus, the Kempegowda tower in Ulsoor is along the banks of Ulsoor lake. It is situated on a hill and is visible from Ulsoor Lake. Unfortunately, you cannot go closer to the Kempegowda Tower in Ulsoor as the campus is beyond limits for commoners.

Kempegowda tower Gavipuram
Kempegowda Tower in Gavipuram

Closing Notes

I love walking through Ulsoor and discovering unexplored and hidden gems. I saw many things for the first time and Ulsoor heritage walk was a way to explore the neighbourhood of Ulsoor. It is also a way to uncover the tales.

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