The olden day suburb now at the heart of the city, Malleswaram evokes a strong sense of nostalgia and curiosity among Bangaloreans and outsiders alike. A large modern mall and the typically South Indian street shopping side-by-side, Malleswaram presents to you a quintessential slice of the south Indian life, modern and age-old. Malleswaram was visualized and built as a suburb, where the blue-collar middle-class stayed, far enough from the central business district of the day, but close enough to take a short ride by horse carriage, or in rare cases by car. As employees of the British government or the Mysore Raj, or researchers and scientists at the IISc, the early inhabitants of Malleswaram tended to be an upper middle class, mostly Brahmins, Bharatanatyam patrons, the influence of which can be seen to this day.
Exploring this authentically South Indian Malleshwaram, this walk takes you through delights of south Indian life: in Hindu temples, street shopping for hand-woven flowers and pooja materials, freshly brewed filter coffee and one of Bangalore's best dosas.