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.
Coorg, the land of Kodavas, is a district town in Karnataka famous for its coffee estates. This hill station is well known for its rich culture and traditions. Coorg, also known as Kodagu, lies on the border of Mysore, Wayanad and Kannur. There are many popular tourist attractions around this area such as the Raja Seat and Nisargadhama. You can also visit the Buddhist Golden Temple in Bylakuppe and watch elephants bathing in Dubare Elephant Camp. The first thing any visitor would notice about Coorg is the pleasant weather with little bouts of rain and picturesque surroundings. You can try many outdoor activities like angling, trekking and bird watching in the nearby forests like Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.
Places to Stay
There are good accommodation facilities in Coorg. These hotels are Hotel Maharaja Inn (Tariff – Rs.499), Aarven Retreat Homestay (Tariff – Rs.993), Hotel Rajdarshan (Tariff – Rs.868) and The Lodge (Tariff – Rs.828).
The languages spoken in Coorg are Kannada and Kodava.
Maha Shivratri celebrated in February, Ugadi in March, Kailpold in September, Kaveri Shankaramana in October and Puttari during November-December are some of the important festivals in Coorg.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions in and around Coorg that draws visitors from all over the world. Some of these are Golden Temple (45 km), Abbi Falls (24 km), Madikeri Fort (18 km), Stuart Hill (18 km), Dubare Elephant Camp (29 km) and Nisargadhama (38 km) away from Coorg.
How to Get There
Mysore Airport is the nearest airport, being 139 km away from Coorg.
The nearest railway station is the Subramanya Road Railway Station, which is 112 km away from Coorg.
There are many state-run and private buses that connect Coorg with other nearby cities and towns. Private bus operators such as Ashwini Tours & Travels, Poornima Tours and Hebron Travels run buses from Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore and Chennai to Coorg. Volvo bus is the most preferred choice of all travellers these days.