15 areas of Bangalore whose story behind their names are damn interesting!

We are living in this awesome Bengaluru someone in Marathahalli, someone in Domlur and some other in Basvangudi but have you ever wondered how did these areas got their names? I know that your answer is NO. Let’s know it today. It is interesting.


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The name literally  means “a well of snakes”. The name is due to the high number of snakes present in the area before it got urbanized. Also, some believe that it is called a “well” because of the surrounding hillocks that are no longer present  due to urbanization.



The area got its name from a fighter aircraft named Marut which was designed and assembled in HAL, which is very close to this area. There are though a few contradicting reports that a Marut once crash landed in this area giving it its name. Halli in Kannada means village.



The name “Basavanagudi” refers to the Bull Temple that is located here. You can find a monolith statue of the Nandi Bull. Basava in Kannada, the local language, means Bull and Gudi means temple. Hence, the name Basavanagudi.


4.Malleswaram/ Malleswara

Located in the north-west of Bangalore, it derives its name from the famous Kaadu Malleshwara temple in this area.


5. BTM layout

BTM is actually an abbreviation for Byrasandra Tavarekere Madiwala. The area for the layout was carved out from these three neighborhoods and hence the name.

Madiwala Market


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6. HSR Layout

HSR is an abbreviation for Hosur Sarjapur Road Layout. A relatively new suburb located in the south-east of Bangalore, the layout, which is built on land reclaimed from the Agara lake, is located between Hosur Road and Sarjapur Road.


7. Rajajinagar

The area was named after Rajagopalachari, the freedom fighter and the last Governor-General of India.


8. Kodigehalli

This place/area was reportedly given as a gift(gift = Koduge in Kannada) by the former King Kempegowda to someone.


9. Madiwala

Madiwala in kannada means a washerman. Years when Bangalore ended in Jayanagar, this area was full of washermen and hence the area got the same name.

Madiwala Market

10. Sunkadkatte

The area was like a tollgate which was next to Lake and in Kannada Sunka means Tax and Katte means place where we can sit.


11. Seshadripuram

The area was named after the late Diwan of Mysore Seshadri Iyer.


12. Domlur

Mosquitoes are called Domalu in Telugu. Since the area was notorious for its mosquito population, it is named as Domlur [Doma + ooru which translates to Mosquito Village]


 13. Doddanekundi

Not that it is the back part of Elephant. The area was again dominated by Telugu origin where it was originally called as Dodda Nakka Vundi which means ‘There’s a big jackal there’ which then became Doddanekundi in the mouth of kannadigas.



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14. Ulsoor

The area had a jackfruit orchard. Jackfruit is called Halasu in Kannada. Halasu-ooru (Jackfruit Village) colloquially became Ulsoor.


15. RT Nagar

The area is named after the National anthem writer Rabindranath Tagore.

rt nagr

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  1. BTM stands for Bannerughtaa-Tavarekere-Madiwala Layout.

  2. Actually Domlur is called so because of its inscriptions in the chokanatha swamy temple “thombalur” which became Domlur ! Due to urbanisation many Telugu speaking population moved in and they thought it meant “mosquito village ” cause it sounds similar to the telegu word ! It’ll be really great if you do your research and clear this misunderstanding

  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marathahalli
    Please correct yourself
    Marathahalli is a south-eastern suburb of Bengaluru city in Karnataka state of India, located just south of the old airport road.The name originated from the Marathas who had invaded the place and hence the name Maratha-halli(Village).

  4. Reply
    Dr Banu Prakash A S February 1, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Kannada dodda is big
    Telugu it is pedda ? Why not pedda nakku undi?

  5. want to know story behind their names of ” Heelalige ” near Chandapura

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