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.
Located near the Kaveri River in the east of Kodagu district Kushalanagara is a town in the state of Karnataka. During the pre-Independence era the town was known as Fraserpet after Colonel Fraser. Located on the Mangalore–Mysore state highway 88, Kushalanagara town is well-known for the Golden Temple and the Buddhist Monastery. The Tibetan Bylakuppe settlement is within 1–3 km from Kushalanagara towards Mysore.
Places to Stay
There are great many hotels in Kushalanagara that offer good quality accommodation at a reasonable price. Some of them are Mahalakshmi Residency (Tariff-Rs.1000), Hotel Kannika International (Tariff-Rs.961) and 4 Seasons (Tariff-Rs.1,500)
Some important festivities in the town include the Tibetan festivities, such as the Tibetan New Year in February/March, Sagadawa the holy festival in May/June, Buddha Jayanthi in June and Dalai Lama's birthday on July 6.
The main languages spoken in Kushalanagara are Are Bhashe, Kannada and Kodava Takk; while Tibetan is spoken by Tibetan settlers.
Places to Visit
Other than the Golden Temple the tourist attractions near Kushalanagara include Harangi Reservoir (9kms), Kaveri Nisargadhama (3kms), Chiklihole Reservoir (14kms) and Dubare (15kms) where Elephant camp and rafting is available.
How to Get There
The airport closest to Kushalanagara is Mysore and Calicut, which connects travelers to locations across India.
There are no railway stations in Kushal Nagar. The nearest railway stations are the Hosa Agrahara Railway Station, Mysore Rd (78kms), Donigal Railway Station and the Sakleshpur Railway Station (90kms).
The bus station in Kushalnagar is in the center of town. There are great bus operators like GreenLine Travels, Poornima Tours, Ashwini Tours & Travels that operate busses to and from Kushal Nagar to other places. To keep customers happy, several travel websites offer discount coupons for bus tickets on a regular basis.