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 town in Raichur district of Karnataka, Manviis famous for the ancient Manvi Fort that is located on the Manvi hill.The town is the birthplace of the great Madhva follower and dasa Sri Jagannatha Dasa, who wrote the Harikathamruthasara. The famous Hindu Matt, Kalmath is located here. The town thrives on cotton and paddy cultivation. The elephant procession held during Dussehra brings in people from all the neighbouring towns and villages.
Places to Stay
There are not many hotels in Manvi. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Hotel Nrupatunga in Raichur and Hotel Vinay Residency in Sindhanur that offers rooms starting from Rs.500 onwards.
Sankranthi, Diwali and Dussehra are celebrated here.
Kannada is the local language here.
Places to Visit
The places to visit in this town are the Manvi Fort (5kms), the archaeological site Kallur and Watgal (20kms) and the picnic spot, Rajalabanda village (9kms)
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Hyderabad
The nearest railway station is at Raichur
Manvi Bus Stop runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like Meenakshi Travels, SRS Travels, SLV Bus and VRL Travelsthat offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Online bus tickets are available on a number of bus booking websites which has made it easy for travellers to confirm their tickets.