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 in the Kodagu region of Karnataka, Kutta is a small border town. It is located at a distance of 235 km from the capital city of Karnataka, Bengaluru. The cities and towns close to Kutta are Kalpetta, Manathavady, Mercara and Gonicoppal.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Kutta. Some of them are Pachyderm (Tariff – Rs. 2500), Deluxe Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs. 250), and Abirami Residency (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Kutta is Kodava Thak or Coorg. Other languages spoken here include Kannada and Malayalam.
The important festivals celebrated here are Puthari, the harvest festival in December, Kail Podh celebrated at the end of the paddy season, around August - September and Kaveri Shankaramana in mid-October.
Places of Interest
Kutta has several places of tourist attraction for its visitors. They include Nagarhole National Park (7 km), Iruppu Falls (8 km), Thirunelli Temple (24 km), Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary (2 km) and Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary (47 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kutta is the Mysore airport, which is 83 km away from the town.
The closest railway station is the Mysore Railway Station, which is located at a distance of 90 km from Kutta .
There are daily bus services to Kutta from places such as Bangalore, Mangalore, Kalpetta and Calicut. Online bus booking sites have made it possible for travellers to get their bus tickets with ease.