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.
In the state of Karnataka, 120 km from Shimoga, is a small temple town called Kolluru or Kollur. It is famous for housing a temple in honour of Goddess Mookambika, a form of Parvati. The village is in the Western Ghats, well known for its scenic landscape and several sunset points, which gives the drive to the village and back an added attraction.
Places to Stay
Kollur is a small village where one can find few budget hotels, dharamshalas and lodges. Hotels such as Beena Residency (Tariff – Rs. 745), Swaymbhoo Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 624), and Aswathi Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs. 716), offer comfortable services at affordable rates.
Kannada is the official language of Kollur.
Navratri is very popular amongst locals and Gowri Hubba is a festival celebrated a day before Ganesh Chaturthi that is given a lot of significance in the region.
Places of Interest
Mookambika Temple and the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary are special places for tourists. The sanctuary houses endangered species like the Lion Tailed Monkey. India’s second highest waterfall Jog Falls is a 2 hour drive away from Kollur. Maravanthe Beach, around 40 km away from Kollur, is a rare sight where a river and sea converge.
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport is about 150 km away from Kollur.
Kundapura Railway Station is at a distance of 35-40 km and is the close to Kollur.
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