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.
Formerly known as Kandavara, Kaikamba is a semi-urban town which lies in the coastal region of Karnataka. Its district headquarters, Mangalore, is based at a distance of 18 km. Kaikamba has several beaches nearby like the Panambur Beach (20 km), Someshwar Beach (27 km) and Tannirbhavi Beach (25km), which are some of the major attractions. Pompei Church is another place, which is worth visiting.
Places to Stay
Mangalore offers several budget hotels to tourists like Hotel Ayodhya (Tariff-Rs.500), Hotel Ganesh Mahal (Tariff-Rs.600), Hotel Parkway (Tariff-Rs.700), Hotel Manorama (Tariff-Rs.800) and others.
Tullu is a widely spoken language here.
Festivals like Ugadi (April), Ganesh Chaturthi (August), Dussehra (October) and Krishna Janmashtami (September) are celebrated with great enthusiasm in the region.
Places of Interest
Apart from Pompei Church, Manel Temple of Kaikamba is worth a visit. The nearest city, Mangalore, houses numerous beaches, museums, port, parks and places of worships. Milagres Church (23 km), New Mangalore Port (23 km) and Mangalore Beach (22 km) are some must-see places.
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport based in Bajpe is only 8 km away from here.
Mangalore Railway Station (18 km) connects Kaikambi to other major cities and towns.
Kaikamba lies on the Mangalore-Moodabidri Highway. Hence, there are lots of buses that operate in this area. SRS Travels, Ganesh Tourists, Sugama Travels and Anand Travels are some of the private operators plying to and fro this region. Bus ticket booking discount coupons from travel portals can help you save money when you are travelling.