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.
Kulai is a ward in the Municipal limits of Mangalore city in Karnataka. It is located near Surathkal town (14 km). Kulai was once an area that was abundant in paddy fields, coconut gardens and evergreen forest. However, it has now been developed into a residential and commercial area. Kulai has a multi-ethnic diversity in its population. There are many places of scenic interest to see around Kulai.
Places to Stay
Although there are hotels in Kulai, nearby Suratkal has a number of good budget hotel options. These include the Hotel Lalith Internatinal (Tariff – Rs. 500) and Hotel Maharaja International (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Kulai is Kannada.
The important events in Kulai are all celebrated in Mangalore (15 km). These include the Yakshagana, a night-long dance and drama performance; Pilivesha- a folk tiger dance, unique to the region is performed and attended during Dussehra, and Shri Krishna Janmashthami. Karadi Vesha is also
performed during Dussehra.
Places of Interest
Surathkal Beach is a popular scenic spot for a day-long adventure. The Lighthouse is another attraction here. Shri Sadashiva Mahaganapati Temple, Shri Vishnumurthy temple, and Iddya Shri Mahalingeshwara temple are three religious attractions here.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kulai is the Bajpe Airport in Mangalore (15 km).
Kulai’s nearest railway station is in Surathkal with regular trains halting here.
There are daily bus services to Hubli, Bijapur, Banglore, Amparu, Bagalkot, and other nearby places in Karnataka. The best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are VRL Travels, Ganesh Travels and Tours, Sri Durgamba Travels, Ganesh Tourists and others. Get Volvo bus ticket booking to anywhere in India by logging on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking website.