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.
Kokkarne is a village in the Udupi district of Karnataka. Located close to Kemmannu and Udupi, Kokkarne, which falls under the Mysore division is considered a beautiful place surrounded by river, mountains and forests. The village is located 19kms from Udupi and is 355kms away from the state capital Bangalore.
Places to Stay
As a small village, Kokkarne offers very little options for accommodation. Travellers can stay at neaighbouring Udupi at Varsha Boarding and Lodging (Tariff- Rs.589 onwards), Sharada International (Tariff-Rs. 1,100) or at Durga International (Tariff-Rs. 650).
Tulu is the local language here and people here also speak the Kundapura Kannada.
The annual festivals at the Mahaganapathi Temple and Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple are prominent in this region.
Places to Visit
The Mahaganapathi Temple and the Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple attracts people here. The neighbouring villages and towns like Kota , Udupi , Karkala , Mudbidri has places of interest.
How to Get There
The Mangalore Airport is the nearest airprt to this village.
Barkur Railway Station and Mulki Railway Station (near to Mulki) are reasonably closeby. The major railway station near to Kokkarne is the Mangalore Railway Station (74kms).
The Kokkarne bus stand connects the village to neighbouring places. Private bus operators like Sugama Travels are popular here. Book your tickets through Ticketgoose.com and avail of bus booking offers.