Detailed directions to reach Dhamma Paphulla Centre

It may take 2 hours or more to reach the Centre from the city. In case arriving from out of Bangalore, please keep a margin of 3 to 4 hours.  
Dhamma Paphulla is located at Alur village in the north-western outskirts of Bangalore, in the state of Karnataka in the southern part of India. Dhamma Paphulla is about 23 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station and 16 Kms from Yeshwantpur Railway Station.  One needs to travel 3 kms off the Tumkur Road / Bangalore-Pune Highway (NH-4), to reach the location. 

1) Direct Buses to Alur: 

From Majestic Bus Station: 257E
From City Market: 257,
From Shivajinagar: 257H.

Note: The frequency of direct buses to Alur is extremely low. Hence it is better and advised to take a bus to Makali Bus Stand (see below) and then proceed to Alur by Auto Rickshaw.

2) Bus routes via Makali Bus Stand on Tumkur Road: Get down at Makali Bus Stop  (Landmark: Himalaya Drug Company on Tumkur Road). 
A) From Majestic Bus Station:

Platform No. 20 B:
 Bus Nos. 256, 258, 258C, 258H, 258K or 258W
Platform No. 2: Air conditioned Volvo bus number 258C (goes almost every half hour) 

B) From City Market Bus Station (Platform opposite Masjid): Bus Nos. 256, 258.  

Majestic Bus Station is also known as KBS or Kempegowda or Main City bus stand. Majestic Bus Station (KBS) is very close to the Bangalore City Railway Station and can be reached through a sub-way (underground walkway). Majestic Bus Station services are more organized than that of City Market Bus Station. All buses going to Nelmangala will stop at Makali. Bus ride from City Bus stand to Makali bus stop will cost around Rs.11-14 (Non-AC) and Rs. 20 (AC Volvo) and may take 1-2 hrs depending upon traffic. 

C) From Yeshwantpur Railway station: All buses going to Nelmangala will stop at Makali bus stop.

After getting down at 
Makali Bus Stop: 
From the intersection opposite Makali bus stop (you need to cross the road), the distance to Alur village is 3 KM. Auto rickshaws are available at about Rs.6 per person on sharing basis and full Auto at Rs.60.

3) Own Vehicle/Taxi: The Centre is located off Tumkur road. (There is a new toll road which has recently come up on Tumkur road. It is necessary to take the service road on the left instead of the middle toll road since there is no exit from the toll road at the required place to go to the Centre). While driving from the city, you will pass the following landmarks: Yeshwanthpur Railway Station > Jalahalli Cross > Parle Biscuit Factory > Jindal Naturopathy Centre > Exhibition Grounds. Soon after this, you will find Himalaya Drug Company on your left side (Makali bus stop). After Himalaya, take the first U-turn under the flyover and then take a left for Alur (look out for road sign saying 'Alur').  Drive down the winding village road for about 3 Kms, until you reach Alur Gram Panchayat. The Center is only a few meters ahead from here. Ample parking space is available at the Centre.

Participants driving from South Bangalore may find it much faster to come via the NICE (Nandi Infrastructure) Road. NICE Road is a Toll Road (Car Appx Rs.85/- Bike Appx Rs. 25/-). The advantage of NICE road is that there is hardly any traffic on this road. One can get onto the NICE road either from Bannerghatta road or Kanakapura road or from Mysore road (after Kengeri). NICE road will join Tumkur road a little after the Jindal Nature cure Institute. Please refer above instructions for proceeding from there.

4) Connectivity with Airport
Bangalore is well connected by Air to cities both within India and abroad. It takes about 1:45 hours from Mumbai, 2:35 hours from New Delhi and 45 minutes from Chennai to reach Bangalore by Air. There are several flights every day. From Bangalore International Airport, you can either take a taxi to reach the Centre OR take a Bus to the City Bus Stand followed by another bus to reach the Centre. Please see the website for details of transport options at Bangalore Airport. 

A) Taxi from Airport:
 Taking a taxi from the Airport would be more convenient to reach Dhamma Paphulla. After coming out from the Arrival gate, go to the Airport Taxi service on the left hand side. All Taxis available here will charge Rs.15/- per km. It will cost around Rs.700/- and may take about 1-2 hrs depending upon traffic. You should ask for Alur Village via Makali on Tumkur Road (Landmark: Himalaya Drug Company). The Taxi will go through National Highway 7 (Bellary Road) >Yelahanka > right turn below Hebbal Flyover > Outer Ring Road > Goraguntepalya to get on to Tumkur Road. While driving on Tumkur Road, you will pass the following landmarks: Jalahalli Cross  Parle Biscuit Factory > Jindal Naturopathy Centre > Exhibition Grounds. Please Refer above mentioned details (Point 3 above) to reach Dhamma Paphulla after reaching Exhibition Grounds. The Taxi driver may take another (shorter) route which will bring you to Jalahalli Cross on Tumkur Road. 

B) Bus from Airport: Regular Shuttles (A/C Volvo Bus) to the City are available from the Airport. You should take BIAS-09 which goes to Majestic (City Bus Stand). Airport Shuttle to Majestic will cost Rs.140 and may take 1 to 1.5 hrs to reach Majestic depending upon traffic. From here, you can take a bus to reach Dhamma Paphulla as described above (Point 1 and 2).