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.
A lush green village in Mangalore Taluk in Dakshnina Kannada, Konaje houses the vast Mangalore University campus. Other than the University, there are many educational institions such as the Vishwamangala School and College, P A College of Engineering and two Mediacl Colleges that are located near here. The place has recently been gaining much significance since companies like Infosys are setting up their operations in the village.
Places to Stay
Places like Abhaya Ashram offer tourist affordable accommodation for Rs.800 onwards.
The temple festivals are popular in the region
Tulu and Kannada, Konkani, Beary Bashe are the languages spoken here.
Places to Visit
The Ayyappa Swami Temple Asaigoli, Veera Narayana temple and the Mangalore University located in the heart of the village, near the bus stand, brings in a lot of people to the village.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Mangalore.
Railway stations close to Konaje are the Kabaka Puttur Railway Station and Narimogaru Railway Station. The Mangalore Railway Station is the major railway station (45kms) near to Konaje.
The bus stand in Konaje is very close to the Mangalore University campus. Private operators like Sugama Tourists run regular bus services to and from this village. Making use of bus ticket discounts while booking your tickets can help you save money