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 big town in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, Kadirihouses the ‘ThimmammaMarrimaanu’, the world's biggest banyan tree that is spread over 11 acres of land.The town is well-known in the state for the Lord Lakshmi NarasimhaSwamy Temple that is located here. A large number of pilgrims visit this temple throughout the year. Kadiriis also known for the cultivation of jasmine flowers, vermilionand silk.
Places to Stay
There are a good number of hotels in Kadiri. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Hotel Jonna Deluxe Lodge,KalyaniHotel, Hotel Al Madina and Hotel Rayalaseemathat offers rooms from Rs.600 onwards.
The Rathothsavam (Car Festival), at the temple is visited by thousands of people from the state and neighbouring Karnataka.Ramadan /Ramzan and Bakridare also celebrated grandly as the majority of the population in this town are Muslims.
Telugu is the main language spoken in this town.
Places to Visit
Lord Lakshmi NarasimhaSwamy Temple is located in the centre of town near the bus stand. The other places of interest is the great banyan tree (25kms) and the Sri Yogi Vemana temple at Katarupalle(15kms)
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Bangalore (176kms)
Kadirihas its own Railway Station
KadiriBus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like SL Travels, SLV Travels, Diwakar Travels, Kesineni Travels and Janardhan Travels that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Booking bus tickets online is the easiest mode of getting your tickets.