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Getting to IISc

This is probably redundant since you're already here, but it is good to know in case you wander too far away from campus. Ask for Tata Institute (that's what IISc. is commonly known as); that'll get you to Prof. CNR. Rao circle on your map. If that doesn't work, you should ask for Yeshwantpur circle or Yeshwantpur bus stand. From Yeshwantpur circle, follow National Highway Four east toward Prof. CNR Rao circle. If you're on foot, you can enter campus at the small turnstile on the north side of the highway under the yellow over bridge: it brings you to the place marked Cosmetic Center on your map.

A Tour of Campus

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Here are some places on the campus that you might wish to visit during the next few days. There's the Main Library, the Tata Bookstore (near the Prakruthi, open noon to 7 pm, except Sundays), the Xerox centres (in the library, near the Prakruthi and near TMC, open 8:30 am to 8:30 pm), two banks (Canara bank and SBI on your map), and a Health Centre (marked Hospital on your map). For outgoing phones, you may go to the STD/ISD booth west of Canara bank, or to the Telecom Centre (7 am to 10 pm, except Sundays). A new chip card type PCO has been installed at the U-block entrance and the telecom centre. You can prepay and buy the chip cards and use it for STD calls. The Post office (open 9-5 Mon-Sat) is approached from Prof. CNR Rao circle. It handles registered, speed post, money order etc. in addition to regular mail. The Janatha bazaar (called the Cosmetic Center on your map) is open Mon-Sat and houses a small shop (7-1l am, 5-8 pm), a tailor (10 am-6 pm), a launderer (10 am-8 pm) and a men's hairdresser (7 am-noon, 4-7:30 pm). The launderer and hairdresser are also available Sunday mornings. There is a watch repair shop in E-Block (between 4-6 pm on all days except Sunday) and a cycle repair shop near U-Block and Raghu Pharma for medicines. There is also a small shopping area at the north end of campus, which has a tailor, travel agent. On the south side of the highway (please remember to use the yellow over-bridge to cross the highway) is the Gymkhana. Inside is a large hall for badminton, table tennis, and movies. In addition there is a carrom room and a TV room; upstairs is a small Library and a music room. Outside is a large playground, a running track and the Students Auditorium. At the Gymkhana, you can obtain permission to use the swimming pool located at the other end of campus.

Snacks on campus

The Tea kiosk that functions from 9 am till around midnight on all days including weekends. It is good for tea, coffee, samosas, pastries, etc. The Kabini canteen offers snacks, tea and coffee from 7 am to 9.30 pm on all days except Sundays. And then there's the D Mess (currently not functional), which is open on Sundays also. There is Snacks shop in side of CEDT (opens on week days between 10:45 & 11:30 AM and 3 & 3:45 PM). There is a Nilgiris (Snack) shop in E-Block (open till 10 PM). There is a canteen in Hoysala House for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The small shopping area at the far north end of the campus has a bakery and a fruit/vegetable shop. In addition, vendors seated on the road near Kabini, SBI and NCSI offer fresh fruit, groundnuts, etc. in the daytime (but not on Sundays).

Campus entrances

The big entrances are the ones at Prof. CNR. Rao circle (all hours) and near Security (8 am to 10 pm on all days). Between CSIC auditorium and the Cafe there are gates that let you walk across the road, but please be careful crossing the highway! You should instead use the tunnel, that has a walkway for pedestrians. If you walk south from CSIC auditorium (and around the ICE building), you will reach the ICE gate that lets you out next to the Circle at the Mariamma temple; this route leads out of campus towards Malleswaram. Near the Cosmetic Center there is a yellow pedestrian over bridge across National Highway four; it takes you to the Gymkhana and the D mess. There are other small entrances on the west side of campus. One of them is near R block: it leads to the Yeshwantpur toll gate bus stop and is also useful if you wish to walk to Yeshwantpur from the hostels.


If you plan to take a bus into town, your best bet is to walk to Malleswaram 18th cross bus stand or to Yeshwantpur bus stand (2 minutes from D Mess through the turnstile). If you plan to walk from the chemical engineering department, the 18th cross bus stand is nearer than the Yeshwantpur bus stand. At the 18th cross bus stand, don't overlook the bus stop on Margosa road. There is also a bus stop on the highway between the yellow overbridge and Prof CNR Rao circle, and another one at Prof. CNR Rao circle (on Sri C V Raman Road). Finally, there is a bus stop at Yeshwantpur toll gate, just off campus near R block. Most buses go to one of the places:

Majestic, also called Bangalore Bus Station (BBS) and renamed as the Kempe Gowda bus stand (KGBS). You can get a bus from here to pretty much anywhere in Bangalore. The intra-state and inter-state bus services also originate from here. The railway station is nearby. To go to Majestic, take any one of the following frequent buses: 252, 252E, 258C, 21 (Pushpak). Many buses that come to the 18th cross bus stand go to Majestic.

City Market, also called K.R. Market or simply Market. Take bus numbers 1, 1E to go here but you probably don't want to go here. But many Market buses go via Corporation, which is a good place to get down and take another bus to locations in South Bangalore.

Shivaji Nagar. A useful point to switch buses if you're heading toward East Bangalore. Frequent buses to this destination are 64 and 252A. Many buses that come to the bus stand opposite the post office go to Shivaji nagar.

Also, do look out for the newer Pushpak buses. They are light brown in colour, instead of the usual bright red. They are much quicker, more comfortable, less crowded but cost more. While returning to campus, do remember that IISc. is popularly called Tata Institute, and that the Malleswaram 18th cross and Yeshwantpur bus stands are nearby.


Again, Malleswaram 18th cross and Yeshwantpur circle are the best places to catch an autorickshaw. But if you're lucky, you'll find an auto at Prof. CNR Rao circle or at Circle Mariamma temple. Remember that autos cost 50% more early mornings and at night.

Shopping and eating out

Campus is rather dead in the evenings and on weekends, so you might wish to venture out into Malleswaram or Yeshwantpur. (Yeshwantpur is open Sundays.) And of course there are the MG Road/ Brigade Road / Commercial Street/ Kempe Gowda Road areas for major shopping ... any Bangalore guide map will tell you where these places are located.

Malleswaram is south of campus. Circle Mariamma temple is at the north end of Malleswaram. Streets are organised as north-south "mains" and east-west "crosses". The mains increase in number as you go west. Second main is actually called Sampige Road; third main is called Margosa road. These two mains are important: buses run on them, there are lots of shops (esp. on Sampige road) but they are one-way streets. The crosses increase in number as you come north, toward IISc. The 18th cross bus stand is a five-minute walk south from Circle Mariamma temple, and is located at 18th cross and Margosa. There's a nice shopping area centered at 8th cross and Sampige.

Restaurants We did a survey; here are a few in Malleswaram that received positive votes, in increasing order of distance from IISc. Veena stores (15th cross and Margosa, eat hot idlies standing by the road). Eatout (15th cross and 8th main, large fast food place). Janatha hotel (8th cross just west of Sampige road, south Indian snacks). Vaishali (8th cross, between Margosa and Sampige, first floor, south Indian snacks). Shakti (Sampige, around 6th cross opposite bus stop serves roti-sabji). Suhas (Sampige and 2nd cross 1st floor. Simple decent food no ambience). NKB (New Krishna Bhaven) (north of Bhashyam park, which is at the south end of Sampige, good snacks and thali avoid evenings). Gopika (next door to NKB, north Indian food, ambience). Swati (Opp. to Nataraja theatre, both south and north Indian).

If you want to venture farther in search for better food, you can go to Kamath Yatri Nivas (Gandhinagar), Sukh Sagar (Majestic), Shanti Sagar (Bhashyam circle). For wholesome north Indian food, you can visit Queens (MG Road) or enjoy Chinese food at Big Chef (Bhashyam circle), Punjabi food at Bawarchi (Mattikere), non-vegetarian food at Karavalli (Yeshvantpur) and continental food at Cassa Picola (Residency Road). You may have to wait for half an hour to eat at the famous MTR (near Lalbagh), but it may be worth your time.

Bookstores Tata bookstore (marked TBS on the map) is located near Prakruthi and offer 20% discount on books. You may also place an order for any book you need by filling up a form at these bookstores. There are several other bookstores in Bangalore. For technical books, you may visit Sapna (Gandhinagar) and Gangarams (MG Road). For fiction and other non-technical books, two good bookstores are the Strand (Manipal center) and Fountainhead (Lavelle Road).

Movies The film society of the Institute screens good foreign films and award winning movies. There are several movie theatres in Bangalore which screen English, Tamil, Telegu, Hindi and Kannada movies.

Travel You can reserve your bus and train tickets through the travel agent (2466) in F-Block or through Venkataiah in our department. You can make flight reservations through Thomas Cook (located near the campus bookstore) or Jaybee travels (near Tata Bookstore, phone no. 3461311). Please note that you are eligible for concessions on bus, train and air travel. Fill up the required concession and avail it when you travel.

Useful Telephone Numbers

Please note that all four digit numbers starting with "2" (of the form 2xxx) are valid only within IISc. To call these numbers from outside IISc, prefix the number with "293". An alternative is to call 23600411 and ask for extension 2xxx. Within the campus, you can find any required number by dialling 9 and calling the operator.

Chemical engg. dept 2318 Trains: enquiries 131
Chairman, CH 3111 Trains: reservations 132
Health Centre 2227 Trains: arrival/departure messages 133
Telecom Center 2580 Trains: automated enquiries 1361-3
Security 2400 Indian Airlines: enquiry bookings 141
Police: Sadashivanagar 3345358 Planes: arrival/departure messages 142
Karnataka Tourism 2212901 Airport: enquiries 140

The document was adapted from the handout prepared by Dr. Ashok Subramanian of CSA department. Please contact us for any additions, corrections and suggestions for improving this document.







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