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.
Want to see and experience a Phuket-like scenic beauty in South India? Head to this village in Karnataka located in the Uttar Kannada district. The area is reputed for its temples. The literal translation of Gokarna comes down to cow’s ear, referring to the supposed emergence of Lord Shiva from the ear-shaped meeting point of the rivers - Gangavali and Aghanashini.
Places to Stay
The nearest major accessible place available for lodging is Hubli (147 km north-east). Some of the budget hotels worth giving a try are Ayodhya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Naveen Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Akshay Basant Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Trupti International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of the area is Kannada. Konkani is also spoken due to the area’s proximity with Goa.
The important festivals of the region are Ugadi in March-April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The village is rich and abundant in terms of its landscape. The coast with the surrounding Western Ghats is a treat to watch. Some of the places which are worth a visit are Gokarna Beach, Mahabaleshwar Temple, Maha Ganapathi Temple, Bhadrakali Temple, Venkataramana Temple, Kotitheertha tank and others.
How to Get There
Hubli Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 149 km.
The Hubli Junction Railway Station is located around 147 km away.
Direct as well as via buses to the town are available from nearby towns and cities. It is mostly state-transport buses which cater to the needs of people. Buses to the village are available from Hubli as well as Udupi. It is easy to get online bus tickets due to the increase in the number of travel websites.