Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is often referred to as the ‘Garden City’ because of the numerous parks and gardens that dot the localities of the city. It is also considered as a major information technology (IT) hub of the country and thus called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Kempe Gowda, a feudal ruler affiliated to the Vijayanagara kingdom, first established a mud fort, which turned out to be the foundation of the present day city. The city passed through a myriad of rulers ranging from the Marathas, Mughals and Mysore rulers before becoming a part of independent India.
Budget Hotels in Bangalore
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of Bangalore is Kannada. Hindi, English, Telugu and Tamil are also understood and widely spoken.
Events in Bangalore
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Karaga in April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places to See in Bangalore
Some of the places worth trying out in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park,Vidhana Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull Temple, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary’s Basilica. Wonderla Amusement Park at a distance of 28 km is popular with youngsters and children looking for a break on weekends.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport at a distance of 36 km.
Bangalore City Junction Railway Station is the major railway station in the city.
There is bus service running from almost everywhere in south India to Bangalore city. State transport buses as well as private operators ply their buses to and fro the city. SRS Travels, Kallada Travels and SRM, Travels are some of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.
As a small village in Basavana Bagewadi Taluk in Bijapur District, Karnataka State, Almatti is located south of Bijapur. Agriculture is the main occupation here and the village is about 510kms from the State capital Bangalore. Recently a garden was constructed near the dam in the village making it a tourist attraction among the neighbouring villages. Almatti falls under the Belgaum division of Karnataka.
Places to Stay
While there are not many places to stay at Almatti, travellers can find very good and affordable accommodation in Bijapur, which is 45kms away. Hotels like Hotel Ashoka offer accomodations from Rs.500 onwards.
All annual religious festivals like Dussehra, Diwali, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The newly constructed picnic spot – the seven terraced garden is a place to visit. The attractions are the boating and musical fountain. The artificial forest ‘Rock Hill’ which has ceramic flora and fauna is also a must see.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Sholapur Airport (132kms).
The nearest broad railway is at Bijapur.
The Almatti Bus Stand runs regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like SRS Travels and VRL Travels run regular buses to and from the town. Book a bus ticket online and travel hassle free without standing in serpentine queues.