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.
Mundrigi is an arid village in Karnataka’s Gadag district. This village is 41 km away from its district headquarters, Gadag, and 370 km away from Bangalore, its capital city. A few of the nearby cities include Hospet, Gadag and Lakshmeshwar. Some of its surrounding areas are Koppal, Savanur, Bellary, Gadag, Hadagalli and Shirahatti.
Places to Stay
There are no hotels in Mundrigi. However, there are good affordable hotels in Gadag. Some of them are Hotel Vishwa Boarding and Lodging (Tariff – Rs.263), Geethanjali Residency (Tariff – Rs.393) and Hotel Shivani Inn (Tariff – Rs.475).
The languages spoken in Mundrigi are Kannada and English.
The most celebrated festivals in Mundrigi are Maha Shivratri in February, Holi in March, Ganesh Chaturthi during August-September, Navratri in October and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions in and around Mundrigi. This includes forests, historical monuments, lakes and ancient structures. These are Tungabhadra Reservoir (62 km), Hospet (66 km), Gadag (41 km) and Hampi 79 km away from Mundrigi.
How to Get There
Hubli Airport, which is the nearest from here, is located 99 km away.
There is no railway station in Mundrigi. The nearest railway station, Koppal Railway Station, is located 37 km away from this village.
Mundrigi is well connected through a wide network of buses to various villages and cities. There are daily bus trips by SRE Travels from Bangalore to Mundrigi. Today Volvo bus service has become very popular amongst travellers across India.