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Madiwala is one of the city's bustling trade centres similar to Jalahalli at Peenya and DVG road at Basavanagudi and other similar places inhabited for the most part by middle class and upper middle class citizens. It is close to Koramangala, Bommanahalli, BTM Layout, HSR Layout, Arekere Mico Layout, Bannerghatta Road, Jayanagar and JP Nagar among other localities, each situated at a distance of less than five kilometres from Madiwala. The City Railway Station at Majestic is eight kilometres from Madiwala. St. John's Medical College Hospital, a renowned missionary hospital, is at Madiwala. The Madiwala Lake in BTM Layout is considered as one of the biggest lakes in Bangalore.
The history of Madiwala dates back to many thousands of years ago. It is the oldest locality in Bangalore, based on archaeological documents and the temple of Lord Someshwara contains inscriptions that refer to the Chola kings having presided over the construction of the Temple of Lord Someshwara in Madiwala.
The huge statue of Lord Hanuman in the Temple of Lord Hanuman is yet another well-known land-mark in addition to the famous Lord Ayyappa Temple. This temple dates back to many years ago and the Maruthinagar locality, is famous for its middle class residents and Paying Guest (PG) accommodations.