Muthyalamaduvu is a famous tourist spot and picnic area you should not miss when in Bangalore. Also known as “Pearl Valley”, Muthyalamaduvu (or Muthyala maduvu) is located along the equally popular Bannerghatta National Park, although not very near. It is located within a picturesque valley with a lovely waterfall, cool stream and picturesque rock formations. There are a number rocks under cool, shady areas that make for perfect picnic experience in this part of the world.
Arrange your vacation schedule to make sure that you include a visit here, and hopefully not on a Sunday when it can get very crowded. It is very popular among locals and tourists. On top of the valley where you can park your car is a hotel that offers a magnificent view of the valley below. The picnic spots are below a flight of stairs with a hundred steps to the bottom.
At the bottom of the waterfall is a cool little pool where you or your children can play around with monkeys, who usually show themselves to socialize with the humans and steal food and other picnic items. Tourists normally enjoy a swim in the pool to beat the Asian heat. If you are swimming in India for the first time, don’t be surprised to see Indian women bathing in full clothes, with sari, silk dress and all. Indians and Asians, in general, are very conservative. Women swimming or bathing in regular clothes is a common sight in most Asian pools and beaches, especially in India and Muslim nations.
Other than the monkeys, you also enjoy the company of jungle crows and other birds. They create some noise and make calls as though making sure you know they’re there. Also adding to the beauty and serenity of the area is a little Shiva temple where the locals may enter and pray anytime they please.
To reach Muthyalamaduvu, take Hosur Road from Bangalore. After passing the Narayana Health Center, turn left from under that next flyover or just after the “Anekal” signboard. Turning left takes you to State Highway 87 or Anekal Main Road, which leads straight to the town of Anekal where you take another left to State Highway 35 or Anekal Athibele Road. After about two kilometers from the Anekal bus stop, take a smaller road to the left that leads directly to the parking lot above the picnic area.
You might find the Bannerghatta National Park route easier, since the national park is quite well known by many. Go past the park and continue on to National Highway 87 or Anekal-Bannerghatta Road. This also leads to the town of Anekal, and from there follow the same directions above.
Bring your own food and water since the sole hotel in the area is not known for its food. There are no guarantees that the food and water available in the area are hygienic, and so it is best to bring your own. Sadly, Muthyalamaduvu is not well maintained, but the beauty of Mother Nature more than makes up for it. The best time to visit is from July to September when there are rains and when the waterfall and stream look more majestic and soothing. Just make sure not to go there on a rainy day, since the place will not be convenient or pleasant at all.