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.
Kateel, a temple town in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district, is famous for its Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple, where devotees throng daily to seek blessing of Goddess Durga Parameshwari. The town’s name Kateel, originated from the word Kati, meaning center (the origin of River Nandhini) and Ila, which means land. There is a historical story behind this town, where good prevailed over evil.
Places to Stay
There are hotels and homestays available for devotees and travellers to Kateel at affordable prices. Some of these hotels are Hotel Soundarya Palace (Tariff – Rs.948), Hotel Maharaja International (Tariff – Rs.568), Nandhini Lodge (Tariff – Rs.795) and Hotel Kavitha Residency (Tariff – Rs.683).
The official languages spoken in Kateel are Tulu, Konkani and Kannada.
The festivals celebrated in Kateel are Makar Sankranti in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Ugadi in March, Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Navratri in September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Kateel has many popular tourist attractions in and around the town. Some of these are Shri Durga Parameshwari Temple, (50 m), Surathkal (17 km), River Shambavi and Pavanje Estuary (21 km), Suratkal Beach (19 km), Hosabettu (18 km) and Mookambika Temple (13 km).
How to Get There
Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport, located 15 km away from Kateel.
The nearest railway station is the Surathkal Railway Station, which is 19 km away.
There are daily state-run and private buses that connect the town of Kateel to nearby cities and states. Private bus operators such as Ganesh Tours & Travels and SRS Travels offer regular bus trips to Kateel from Bangalore. Opt for online bus ticket reservation through Ticketgoose.com and travel tension free.