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.






Where to eat

Shared (double or triple), dormitory accommodation is available for reservation at registration. This costs INR 300 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

There a limited number of shared (double) studio rooms available for post-docs and above (Institute rules) at INR 700 per night. This can also be booked at registration.

Single rooms are currently not being allocated, but if you are interested, do write to us. It may cost twice the single occupancy rates and will be allocated based on availability.

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.


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.

The lively stalls on Bangalore streets

The lively stalls on Bangalore streets