Getting to IISc
When coming to IISc, ask for Tata Institute (that's what
IISc is commonly known as for historical reasons); that
will 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 (NH4) 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
A Tour of Campus
- View the IISc
Here are some places on the campus that
you might wish to visit during your stay at IISc. There's
the Main Library, the Tata Book House, the Campus Bookstore
(near the Cafe, open noon to 7 pm, except Sundays), the
Xerox centres (in the library, near the Cafe 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 post, speed post,
express mail, money order etc. in addition to regular mail.
A small shopping centre (called the Cosmetic Center on your
map) is open Mon-Sat and houses a small shop (7-11 am, 5-8
pm), a tailor (10 am-6 pm), a launderer (10 am-8 pm), a
cobbler (8 am-8 pm), and a men's hairdresser (7 am-noon,
4-7:30 pm). The launderer, cobbler 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 Ashok Pharma for medicines.
There is also a small shopping area at the north end of
campus, which has a tailor, travel agent and bookbinder.
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.
seminar Halls ( refer
the map for direction )
- Faculty Hall - 22932445
- Choksi Hall - 22932891
- Satish Dhawan Auditorium (CSIC) - 22932903
- J N Tata Auditorium - 22932236
The Health Centre of the Indian Institute
of Science, Bangalore provides health care to the institute
community comprising staff and students. A large number
of the staff members and their families are residents in
the campus. Though small in relative terms, the health centre
is well equipped to undertake a number of clinical investigations
and offers outpatient care as well as provides in-patient
treatment. The Health Centre is located at the south-west
end of the campus, close to the J N Center building, and
opposite to the students' hostel.
Snacks on campus
The Coffee Board (marked Cafe on your map,
phone-2521) offers snacks and coffee from 9:30-6 on all
days except Institute holidays, second Saturdays and Sundays.
There's a Tea kiosk (phone-2872) next to the coffee board
that functions from 3 pm till around midnight on all days
including weekends. It is good for tea, coffee, samosas,
pastries, etc. The TMSC canteen (marked TMC on your map)
offers snacks, tea and coffee from 7 am to 6 pm on all days
except Sundays. There is Snacks shop inside CEDT (opens
on week days between 10:45 & 11:30 AM and 3 & 3:45 PM).
There is a Nilgiris (Snack) shop in front of Faculty Club
(open till 10 pm). The small shopping area at the far north
end of the campus has a bakery and a fruit/vegetable shop.
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. Another entrance is near D Mess; it's
useful if you wish to walk to Yeshwantpur circle from the
Gymkhana or D mess.
If you plan to take a bus into town, your
best bet is to walk to Malleswaram 18th cross bus terminus
or to Yeshwantpur bus terminus (2 minutes from D Mess through
the turnstile). At the 18th cross bus stand, don't overlook
the bus stop on Margosa road where many more buses stop.
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 tollgate, 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 just opposite to Majestic bus stand. 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. Take bus numbers 1, 1E to go to
the K. R. Market. Shivaji Nagar is 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. 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.
You can arrange taxis from the campus by
contacting one of the following call taxi agencies.
- Aishwarya Travels - 23374826 / 23477607
- Cabs centre - 23415080 / 23417058
- Gayathri Travels - 23327122 / 23520946
- Pushpak Travel Agents - 23417464 / 23415433
- Rathnagiri Travels - 23341011 / 23344952
Malleswaram 18th cross and Yeshwantpur circle are the
best places to catch an auto rickshaw. 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.
Campus is rather dead in the evenings and on weekends,
so you might wish to venture out into Malleswaram or Yeshwantpur.
The MG Road/ Brigade Road / Commercial Street / Kempe Gowda
Road areas are the major shopping areas in Bangalore. 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,
towards 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.
A sampling of the places you can go to near IISc for eating
out is given below:
- Viking Restaurant - 8th Main, 16th Cross, Malleswaram
- New Krishna Bhavan - Sampige Road, Malleswaram
- Basil - Sampige Road, Malleswaram
- Shanti Sagar - Bashyam Circle
- Pizza Hut - Bashyam Circle
There are two bookstores on the campus, the Campus Bookstore
(marked bookstore on your map) and the Tata Bookstore (marked
TBS on the map). Both are located near the coffee board
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 Bangalore Book House ( Margosa Road,
17th Cross, Malleswaram), Sapna (Gandhinagar) and Gangarams
(MG Road). For fiction and other non-technical books, good
bookstores are the Bangalore Book House (Margosa Road, 17th
Cross, Malleswaram), Strand (Manipal center) and Fountainhead
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.
You can make flight reservations through Thomas Cook (located
near the Campus Bookstore, phone no. 2699, 23601093, 23601094)
or Jaybee travels (near Tata Bookstore, phone no. 23602311,
23602411, 2013). You can reserve your bus and train tickets
through the travel agent (2466) in F-Block.
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 "2293".
- Mathematics Department: 2265/2711/2267
- Chairman: 3213
- Health Centre: 2227
- Telecom Center: 2580
- Security: 2400
- Police: Sadashivanagar 23345358
- Karnataka Tourism: 22212901
- Trains (enquiries): 131
- Trains (reservations): 132
- Trains (arrival/departure messages): 133
- Trains (automated enquiries): 1361-3
- Indian Airlines (enquiry bookings): 141
- Planes (arrival/departure messages): 142
- Airport (enquiries): 140