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.
Machilipatnam was also known ‘Masulipatnam’ during the British Raj in India. Machilipatnam is famous for its sweetmeat called ‘Bandar Ladoo’, hence earning the moniker ‘Bandar city’. Machilipatnam is located near the Bay of Bengal and is vulnerable to the storm surges caused by frequent cyclones in this area. Machilipatnam is a beautiful town and is situated in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.
Places to Stay
There are several good budget hotels in Machilipatnam. Some of them are Vijaya Raghava Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Prasanth Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Apsara Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Eswar Residency (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Machilipatnam is Telugu. Other languages spoken here are English and Tamil in some parts of this area.
The important festivals celebrated in Machilipatnam are Kartika Poornima celebrated in the month of February and Kartika Suddha Dasami in the month of October.
Places of Interest
Some places of tourist attractions here are the Palletummalapalem Beach (11 km), Agastheeswara Temple (36 km), Sree Ramalam temple (2 km), and Dattashram (7 km).
How to Get There
There is no airport at Machilipatnam. Vijayawada Airport (58 km) is the closest major airport.
There are direct trains to Machilipatnam and make a stop at Machilipatnam Railway Station. Vijayawada Junction Railway Station (74 km) is the closest major railway junction.
Machilipatnam APSRTC Bus Station is the major bus deport here. All local buses which commute from Machilipatnam to all the major city of Pedana (10 km) or Gudiwada (34 km) start from here. Online booking of bus tickets have made ticket booking very convenient.