Whitefield in East Bangalore originated in the late 1800s as a small village. It remained a quite and less engaged suburb near Bangalore until the boom of local IT sector in the late 1990s. The suburban area is now a major part of Bangalore with several companies establishing their base here. Due to high economic activity, the area has become a favorite for affordable housing and low cost apartments as well. Many of the leading industries are also situated in Whitefield like the Hindustan Lever Research Center(HUL). The expat population of Whitefield is significantly high due to the rapid growth of IT offices, economic and commercial development in the area. This has led to a strong demand for residential developments in this area specifically from the middle and upper middle level income groups.
Whitefield is connected with central Bangalore via two major 4-lane roads. First via Mahadevapura Road and second via Varthur Road (also called as HAL Old Airport Road). Whitefield has a railway station which is around 3 km from Whitefield Main Bus Stop. The station is on Bangalore - Chennai route with a double line and is electrified.
A quadruple line project for Krishanrajapuram(KR Puram)-Whitefield belt has been proposed by railway department. Further to this, an enhanced connectivity for Whitefield-Kolar line which is proposed to make the Whitefield station a junction soon.
The important trains to Whitefield depart only from Bangalore City Junction at present. Trains take about 30 to 40 minutes to reach Whitefield from the Bangalore City Junction. Some of these trains passing through the area include the Chennai Express, the Tirupati Passenger, the Seshadri Express, and the Kanyakumari Express, the Mysore-Howrah Express running from Mysore to Howrah.
The closest airport to Whitefield is the Bangalore International Airport(BIAL) - around 40 km far. Several air-conditioned Volvo buses ply on airport route for transport, such as KIAS-4A, 500C, 500L, 500K, 500L, 335E, 335P.
Some of the major landmarks in Whitefield are -
-The International Technology Park - (popularly known as ITPL)
-Forum Value Mall
-The Zuri Hotel
-Whitefield Marriott Hotel
-Columbia Asia Hospital
-Sathya Sai Baba Hospital
-Sai Baba Ashram
-Our Lady of Lourdes Church