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Ulsoor, or Halasuru, is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city of Bangalore. It is located in central Bangalore, and begins roughly near the eastern terminus of MG Road. It is renowned for its numerous temples and rather narrow streets.


Halasuru is located in Bengaluru
Coordinates: 12°58′N 77°38′E / 12.97°N 77.63°E / 12.97; 77.63Coordinates: 12°58′N 77°38′E / 12.97°N 77.63°E / 12.97; 77.63
 • OfficialKannada
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationKA-03
Native Girls' School and Preaching-Room, Alasoor, Bangalore (p.184, 1865)[1]
A Street Scene in India, Outside the Wesleyan Girls School, Bangalore (January 1869, p.7)[2]
Juggernaut cart in the Ulsoor temple complex in Bangalore, India, around 1870
Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara, Ulsoor


History and nameEdit

The village of Bangalore is said to have been gifted to Kempe Gowda I (1513–1569), the founder of Bangalore, by the Vijayanagar emperors. The Ulsoor Lake was built by his successor, Kempe Gowda II, and is the only surviving tank built by the Gowda kings in Bangalore.[3] The first British military station was set up in Halasuru in 1807.[4]

There used to be a jackfruit orchard near the Ulsoor Lake, and the Kannada name for jackfruit being 'Halasina Hannu', the area came to be known as Halasuru. During the British rule, the name was anglicised to 'Ulsoor'.


The population of Ulsoor consists of local Tamil speaking population and also few other lingual.

Location in ContextEdit

Bangalore Metro RailEdit

There are two Bangalore Metro Rail stations[5] located in Ulsoor:

  • Ulsoor (Located on Old Madras Road, at the end closer to CMH Road)
  • Trinity (Located at Trinity Circle)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Native Girls School and Preaching-Room, Alasoor, Bangalore - Bangalore Cantonment, 8 July 1865". Wesleyan Juvenile Offering. London: Wesleyan Mission House. XXII: 43–46. December 1865. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  2. ^ "A Street Scene in India, Outside the Wesleyan Girls School, Bangalore". The Wesleyan Juvenile Offering: A Miscellany of Missionary Information for Young Persons. Wesleyan Missionary Society. New III: 7. January 1869. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Halasuru Lake".
  4. ^ "The birth of a cosmopolitan city" The Hindu. 22 Mar. 2005
  5. ^ "Bangalore Metro: Route Map". Retrieved 24 July 2012.