Biogeography India


 Bengaluru is famous for its flower stalls. Picture credit - Devesh Uba (above), Andreas Berg (below)

Bengaluru is famous for its flower stalls. Picture credit - Devesh Uba (above), Andreas Berg (below)

Reaching bangalore/Bengaluru

Most international airlines have direct flights to India from Europe, Middle-East, and Singapore/Hong-Kong. From Africa and the US, most international airlines fly to India with a single stop, with a few offering direct flights to India. Economy class round trip airfares from the US to India and back are typically significantly less than US $2000.  Economy round trip airfares from the UK to Bengaluru can be found for under £500.

Most airlines such as Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Air Lanka, Air France, British Airways, Malaysian Airlines, Jet Airways and Air India fly directly into Bengaluru. Almost all airlines have daily flights. We recommend that you fly directly into Bengaluru. Check airport details at

Alternatively, many international airlines fly into Mumbai (Bombay - 930 km away), Chennai (Madras 350 km away) or New Delhi (2,130 km away). If you fly into these cities there are several domestic airlines connecting Bangalore to these cities (Air India, Jet Airways, IndiGo, Go Airlines, Spice Jet). Chennai-Bengaluru is a 45 minute flight, Mumbai-Bengaluru is a 90 minute flight, and Delhi to Bengaluru is 2.5 hours. Flying into other cities have the difficulty that International flights from Europe typically arrive into India around midnight, and the first flight to Bengaluru out of Mumbai, New Delhi or Chennai is not until 6am, leaving you with a tiring 5-6 hour wait around the airport.

Chennai is also connected to Bengaluru by the Shatabdi Express train, a comfortable 5 hour journey; but the trains usually run fully booked, hence advance reservations are required. Online reservations for trains can be booked at the IRCTC site.

Many thanks to SCCS-Bangalore for the above content.

Reaching the venue

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is better known as 'Tata Institute' in Bengaluru (the new name for Bangalore). Use 'Tata Institute' with the taxi, auto drivers, and bus conductors. IISc is about 35 km from the new Bengaluru airport, Kempegowda International Airport (KIAL) which serves both domestic and International flights.

There are airport taxis available from the airport. See details here.

Uber and Ola have separate, pick-up points at the airport that is different from the airport taxi region. Please look/ask for these specifically (they are near the bus terminal).

A typical taxi ride costs about Rs 500.

Bengaluru has an excellent city shuttle service, but there are few that run directly to the venue. Use the public transport option on google maps to plan your trip.


Map to the Conference Venue - JN Tata Auditorium





Detailed, color map of IISc campus also at 



Where to eat

Prakruti (vegetarian only) is the closest to the venue where you could grab a quick bite. They are particularly good for south Indian breakfast. Nesara is a restaurant that offers a better sit-down experience and a wider menu (including non-vegetarian fare).

There are a number of places near the venue to eat out. Zomato has a good list.

There are no bars or pubs on campus, but there are a number of options close by.




1. CVH (Centenary Visitor House) in "Tata Institute" or Indian Institute of Science has the studios. Use this Pin Location to get there

2. IAS Guest House Jalahalli are the dorms / student rooms. Use this Pin Location to get there


Shared (double or triple), dormitory accommodation is available at IAS Guest House for reservation at registration. This costs INR 350 per night and is available from 25 September (noon) to 30 September (noon). Please note that there is no food or beverage available at this location, so please stock yourself with any thing you may require.

The dorm is at Jalahalli and you can use the following address (& map below) to reach it

The Indian Academy of Science Guest House (Next to ISRO Housing Colony, near HMT school),
Jalahalli West, Bengaluru- 560 031
Contact: +91 80 23612546


The Indian Academy of Sciences Guest House is slightly off the road. Its approximately 800 metres from the nearest junction (HMT Main Road and Kalinga Road junction). To get a cab or auto, you might have to walk to this junction.

The closest eateries are around 2 km away in the vicinity of HMT Watch factory Road. So please ensure that you have either already had your dinner near the conference venue or have made other arrangements. The last shuttle is at 10:30 pm to provide you enough time to get dinner near the conference venue.

Arrangements for morning coffee/ tea will be made for you at the accommodation (IAS Guest House).



There will be shuttles plying from the IAS Guest House to the conference venue (J N Tata Auditorium, IISc). The shuttle timings are given below.

Morning pick-up: 26th, 27th and 28th of September:  6:45 am at IAS Guest House. (2 buses)

If you miss this shuttle, you will have arrange for Cab/ Auto to get to the conference venue.

The early morning timings are to ensure that you get to the venue early enough to grab breakfast at a eatery inside IISc Campus before the conference/ workshop begins (at 8:30 am).

Evening Return Shuttles:

26th September and 28th September

1st Shuttle- 8:30 pm

2nd Shuttle- 9:00 pm

3rd Shuttle- 10:00 pm

4th Shuttle- 10:30 pm   (Last Shuttle)

On the 27th of September, the evening session and conference dinner will be at NCBS.  Transport will be arranged for all participants from the conference to NCBS and from NCBS to the guest house.

IAS Guest House - Map

Participants arriving early (on the 25th of September), please note that there will be no shuttle service on this day. You can use any taxi hailing app to arrange for your own transport.

Participants arriving on 26th morning, please plan your arrival to the conference venue or hostel according to the morning shuttle timings, or use autos or cabs.

CVH Guest House Logistics


The Centenary Visitor (CVH) Guest House is located within the Indian Institute of Science campus, about 2km from the conference venue.


There will be a few shuttles from CVH to conference venue between 7.45am and 8.15am.  Return shuttles will be between 7.15pm and 7.30pm

In case you miss the shuttles, you can use autos or taxi hailing apps. Please note that there is a pedestrian path to get out of the campus right next to CVH, from where you can get autos or cabs. But do note that the taxi entrance is near the main gate (close to the conference venue)

There is breakfast and dinner available at CVH (you can pay for this at the reception at checkout).



For accommodation outside campus, some are listed here at meta-search website Trivago, but do remember that Bengaluru has heavy traffic congestion during rush hours.  Google maps provides good estimates of travel times within Bengaluru.

 The lively stalls on Bangalore streets

The lively stalls on Bangalore streets