Wondering on how to spend your weekend in Bangalore? Wondering about the fun places or sights to see in and around the city? If your bracket includes not just travel and photography but also a tinge of history, a walk through the lanes of KR Market is just what you need!
KR Fruit Market lanes, Bangalore
KR market, which expands as Krishna Rajendra Market, or Bangalore’s very own city market, is one of the most famous wholesale markets, and not to forget the largest flower bazaars, around Bangalore. KR Market is situated in Kalasipalaya, Avenue road aka Doddapete square, quite near to Tipu’s Summar Palace.
Bangalore, as we all know, is a city known for its nightlife and traffic. Tucked away among the modern party facade are Bangalore’s very own historical petes.
Location: Located near the Mysore road flyover, Kr market’s addressis as follows: Kalasipalyam New Extension, Near Avenue Road-Mysore Road Junction, Bangalore.
Timings: The market takes form quite early in the morning and would be in action till late night. For photographers in search of frames, I would suggest time slot between 5:30am and 6:30am. This is when you’ll get to see vendors giving life to the market. Those visiting the wholesale market for purchase can also make it early to avoid the rush! PS: KR Market is open on Sundays too.
HOW TO REACH KR MARKET
KR Market bus stand is well connected and can be accessed from most of the bus routes in the city. You can scrape out the most feasible travel option from Moovit, be it bus, train, or metro.
We booked ourselves a cab to escape the hullabaloo of checking bus and metro timings early in the morning.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO SEE HERE
Having moved to Bangalore, KR Market topped the list of suggestions from fellow photographers. One of the best places to experiment on photography, they said.
Scurrying down the’knock-turn’ alleys of KR Market, towards its soul we venture. I see vendors stock up their stalls. Some have already settled in, their faces smiling up at us. “True indeed!”, I mumble, A photographers paradise – a mix of colour and emotions around every corner.
Top view of the hustle and bustle…
The three storied famous market of Bangalore city is well planned and categorized as follows:
The lower ground floor is where you get to meet wholesale flower and fruit vendors.
Above which you’ll find dry goods.
And the first first floor is reserved for tools and machineries .
Krishna Rajendra Market is not just a normal wholesale flower and fruit market in Bangalore. Read on to get a glimpse into the history of KR Market.
Getting to learn about the history of our land is one way we get to taste the different flavours of India. Talking about flavours, markets or bazaar as we call them, do add wonderful flavoring to our Indian culture, and Bangalore bazaar is one such place.
KR Market, established in the year of 1928 and named after the former ruler of Mysore, Krishnarajendra Wodeyar, brims with history. Previously a water tank site, slowly shape shifting to be a battlefield, the 18th century KR market saw much more than we can imagine.
“It stood a buffer zone,
Bridging the town and the fort.
Fell apart to the British’s hands,
Now lay in peace, a market, for common man.”
Two buildings, one at the front and one rear, still stands firm, reminding us of our past, the wars we have lost, and the ones we have won!
If you are not comfortable doing a photo walk to KR Market by yourself, feel free to book a historical walk/guided tour.
As I had mentioned before, KR Market is quite close to Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and Bangalore Fort. So make sure to add it to your itinerary for Bangalores flower market visit. PS: Reach the palace by 8:30-9:00 am to avoid crowd.
Next on the list would be the ‘Dodda Basavana Gudi’ with Bull Templeas its main attraction. This is one of the biggest as well as oldest temples dedicated to Nandi/Bull.
Right next to the Bull Temple we have the ‘Dodda Ganapathi’ Temple, which is again one of the oldest temples around the area.
Surrounding these temples we have a paseo, the Bugle Rock Park. Go for a leisure stroll to breathe in the serenity that surrounds.
Delve into the “art in its classic simplicity” at Bimba the Art Ashram. PS: Do not forget to have a chat with the owners.
LalBagh and Vishweswaraya Museum are two other major attractions around this area.
If you still have time and energy left, take a ride to the most celebrated ISKCON temple in Bangalore.
MY PHOTO WALK ALONG THE LANES OF KR MARKET
The title of ‘photographers paradise’ given to KR Market is truly justified. Let me now take you on a ride of what I got to witness.
Wholesale fruits and vegetables market.
Steering ourselves among the crowd we managed to reach the basement beyond which lies the heart of KR flower market.
Sorting out fresh chillies – It was quite fascinating to see how they get their work done fast and efficient.
KR Market, a place of must visit, not just coz you are a photo freak, but because you get to see how people survive, how they enjoy what they do. It is indeed a place that brims with history, more importantly with ‘their’ stories!
It certainly is a different feel; walking amidst these flower vendors, each one of them calling out to you, smiling for your lens. Certainly would give you an insight on what vigor and vibrancy is all about.
Name a flower and you get it here… This colourful wholesale market is indeed a photographers paradise.
You get to see vendors with their spread of flowers at almost every pavement in the lanes of KR market. People here are quite pleasant and friendly, making it easy to start a conversation!!!
Just as we were about to leave, the the crowd had us navigated towards this shop, the 4 big piles of ‘Pori’ lined up din’t fail to catch my attention!