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.
Kurnool, a city and district headquarter of Andhra Pradesh. is known as the “Gateway to Rayalaseema”. This city got its name from Kandenavolu, and was also known as the city of Kandena, which means grease in Telugu, as this was the area where the cartwheels used to get greased. The Ketavaram rock paintings, dating back to the Paleolithic Era are a major tourist attraction in this district. Tungabhadra River and Handri River flow through this area.
Places to Stay
Kurnool offer budget hotels to travellers visiting its city. Some of these are Hotel Raga Sudha (Tariff – Rs.497), Woodlands Lodge (Tariff – Rs.664), Hotel Durga (Tariff – Rs.218) and Lodge Prasuna (Tariff – Rs.365).
The official language spoken in Kurnool is Telugu. The other language spoken here is Urdu.
The important festivals celebrated in Kurnool are Makar Sankranti in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Ugadi in March, Vinayaka Chaviti in August, Dussehra in September-October, Navratri in September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Kurnool is famous for its tourist attractions in and around the area. They include Jogulamba Temple (26 km), Sitaramapuram Reservoir (17 km), Chinna Tekuru (15 km) and Kodumur 33 km away from Kurnool.
How to Get There
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, which is 200 km away from Kurnool, is the nearest airport.
Kurnool Railway Station is located just 2 km away from the city centre.
Kurnool is well connected through state-run and private buses from various towns and states. Private bus operators such as Meghana Travels, Reddy Express Tours & Travels, Kallada Travels and Kesineni Tours & Travels run daily Volvo buses from Hyderabad to Kurnool. Avail of bus ticket booking coupon when you book your tickets online.