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 village in North Karnataka District, Kadra is famous for its dam named after it. It is 38 km away from the city of Karwar and 491 km away from the capital city, Bangalore. Lying in the Western Ghats region and located on the banks of River Kali, Kadra is blessed with endless scenic locations. From backwaters to high mountain ranges to diverse rain forests, it has lots to offer the nature lovers.
Places to Stay
Hotels in Kadra are very basic. Its nearest urban hub, Karwar, offers plenty of options to tourists. Some of the budget hotels are Hotel Premier (Tariff-Rs.500), Hotel Amrut (Tariff-Rs.600) and Hotel Subhadra (Tariff-Rs.800).
Kannada is the official language of Kadra.
Ugadi (April) and Ganesh Chaturthi (August) are some of the important festivals of Kadra.
Places of Interest
Kadra Dam (3.6 km) and Kadra Park are the main highlights of this place. Some major attractions in Karwar are Sadashivgad Fort (33 km), Kurmgad Island (34 km) and Majali Beach (34 km).
How to Get There
Karwar Airport (38 km) is the nearest airport from the village.
Madgaon Rail Way Station, located at a distance of 95 km, is nearest to the area.
Several buses are available from Bangalore, Karwar, Mangalore and Udupi to Kadra. Seabird Tourists is the top operator plying to and fro Kadra. Several bus booking portals offer bus ticket booking coupon on their sites. Look out for discount codes when you book your tickets