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.
A town in Karnataka, Haveri is well-known for cardamom garlands and Byadagi red chillies that are marketed all over the country. Haveri is slowly gaining popularity as a major tourist spot as it is surrounded by places that have historical temples. While the town is believed to have had about 100 Maths (sacred religious places), only a few remain today. The famous Hukkeri Math is in Haveri.
Places to Stay
There good places to stay in Haveri town. Places like Hitaishi Palace Hotel (Tariff-Rs.400 onwards), Shiva Shakthi Palace (Tariff-Rs.700 onwards) and Hotel Adarsha Deluxe (Tariff-Rs.450 onwards) are within 1km of the bus stand
Other than the annual religious festivals celebrated here, the Durgadevi Festival (Jatra) held once every three years is quite famous in this region and attracts huge crowds to the town.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The Siddhesvara Temple, an ornate example of 12th century Western Chalukyan art and Hukkeri Math are all located about 1-3kms from the bus stand. The Ranebennur Wild Life Sanctuary is 45kms away.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Bangalore (330kms).
Haveri has its own Railway Station.
Haveri Bus Stand has regular bus service that connects the town to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like VRL Travels, SRS Travels, Sugama Tourists and Seabird Tourists run regular buses to and from the village. It is easy to get your tickets through Ticketgoose.com’s bus ticket online booking facility