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.
Situated on the banks of the River Nethravathi, Dharmasthala is a temple town of Karnataka. The place is famous for its temple by the same name. Apart from the Dharmasthala Temple, Lord Manjunatha Temple, Manjusha Museum, Bahubali, Netravathi River Barrage, Shri Chandranatha Swamy Basadi and Badinede Betta are some of the major attractions in and around the town. The festival of Lakshadeepa held in November attracts a lot of devotees from all across the country. The capital city of Hyderabad is 854 km away from here.
Budget Hotels in Dharmasthala
Hotel Nethravathi Lodge Rajathadri Guest House, Saketha Guest House, Kamath Resort where you can enjoy ultimate hospitality coupled with fine cuisine.
Kannada is the official language of this area.
Events in Dharmasthala
Annual Jathre held in April and Deepotsava celebrated in November are the important festivals of Dharmasthala. Common festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi (August), Navratri (October) and Diwali (November) are also celebrated with great festivity.
Places to See in Dharmasthala
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is worshipped as Ammanavaru, Chandranath and Chandranath. The festival of “Dharma Daivas” was celebrated in April 2013. Chaitra Masa, Ashwayuja Masa and Karthika Masa are the other festivals that will be celebrated in the month of November, 2013.Shri Kshetra Manjunath Temple: This temple which is a kilometer from the Dharmasthala Bus stand is another important temple of the village.Manjusha Museum: The Dharmasthala Bus Stand is a kilometer from this museum which houses rare collection of scripts, religious instruments and objects like silver jewellery, bells.
How to Get There
Mangalore Airport is the nearest domestic and international airport connecting Dharmasthala to important cities across India.
The Mangalore Railway Station is the closest railway junction to Dharmasthala.
Both state buses and private buses offer services in this region. Top private operators like SRS Travels and VRL Travels cater to this area. You can get online bus booking offers through various travel websites, especially during festive occasions.