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.
Kuduvalli, a village amidst a mountain terrain in Karnataka’s Chikmagalur district, is known for its picturesque surroundings. This region is a must visit destination, especially during the monsoon season to enjoy the green hills. Kuduvalli lies on the border of Chikmagalur and Hassan. A few of the nearby cities include Sakleshpur, Chikmagalur, Tarikere and Hassan.
Places to Stay
Travellers visiting Kuduvalli can book hotel accommodation in Chikmagalur, which is 13 km away. Some of the hotels here are Hotel Malenadu (Tariff – Rs.682), Hotel Rajmahal (Tariff – Rs.470) and Soundarya Residency (Tariff – Rs.613).
The languages spoken by the people in Kuduvalli are Tulu, Konkani, Kannada and Marathi.
The important festivals celebrated in Kuduvalli are Sankranti in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Ugadi in March, Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Dussehra in September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist destinations around Kuduvalli such as mountain ranges, waterfalls, temples and gardens. These include Shankar Falls (15 km), Yagachi Dam (26 km), Belur (35 km), Basavanahally Lake (15 km), Mudigere (17 km) and Chikmagalur, 13 km away from Kuduvalli.
How to Get There
The Mangalore Airport, which is around 143 km from Kuduvalli, is the closest airport from here.
There is no railway station in Kuduvalli. To board your train you need to travel to Ballekere Halt Railway Station, which is 57 km away.
There are frequent state-run and private buses to Kuduvalli from the two nearby cities of Chikmagalur and Hassan. KSRTC buses run Volvo A/C buses to this region from major cities in Karnataka. You can resort to online bus ticket reservation through TicketGoose.com to get to more than 4,000 destinations across India.