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.
A large village surrounded by a dense forest and lofty mountains, Manki is sandwiched between Goa and Mangalore. It is located in Karnataka’s Uttar Kannada district. The beaches and temples around this vicinity are worth visiting. There are many popular places such as Netrani Island, Sharavati River, Jog Falls, numerous water reservoirs and Murudeshwara town, which is well known for its beach and the world’s second-tallest statue of Shiva.
Places to Stay
There are no accommodation facilities in Manki. Bhatkal, 26 km away from this village, offers good affordable hotels. Two such hotels are Hotel Kola Paradise (Tariff – Rs.393) and Central Lodge (Tariff – Rs.295).
The official language spoken in Manki is Kannada.
The important festivals celebrated here are Makar Sankranti in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Holi in March, Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Navratri in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions around Manki. They include Bhatkal (26 km), Honavar (14 km), Apsarkonda Beach (9 km), Kasarkod Beach (11 km), Sharavati River Delta (13 km), Murudeshwar (15 km), Jali Beach (27 km) and Shiroor located 39 km away from Manki.
How to Get There
The nearest airport, Mangalore Airport, is 165 km away from this village.
Manki Railway Station, 4 km away from here, connects this area to various states.
Two neighbouring towns, Kumta and Bhatkal, have regular state-run and private buses to this locality. Private bus operators such as Sri Durgamba Travels and Seabird Tourists offer daily buses from Bangalore to Manki. Grab any bus ticket online offer when you book your tickets.