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.
Nandikur, also spelled as Nandikoor, in Karnataka is a picturesque coastal village in Udupi district. The lush green paddy fields, coconut groves and emerald forests in the village make it even more alluring. One of the major attractions of Nandikur is the Durgaprameshwari temple. Located 27 km from Udupi and 34 km away from Mangalore, this village is an offbeat destination with several beaches to explore nearby.
Places to Stay
Nandikur has several budget hotels for tourists. Some of them include Hotel Soundarya Palace (Tariff – Rs.948), Hotel Maharaja International (Tariff – Rs.568), Hotel Lalit International (Tariff – Rs.688) and Varsha Guest House (Tariff – Rs.449).
Kannada and Urdu are widely spoken in Nadikur.
Makar Sankranti in January, Mahashivaratri in February, Ugadi in March and Dasara in September-October are the most important events of this village.
Places of Interest
Nandikur has numerous attractions in and around the village. Padubidri Beach (5 km), Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple (9 km), Kaup Beach (14 km), Surathkal Beach (19 km) and Sri Venkataramana Temple (36 km) are some of the major attractions that are worth exploring.
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport, which is located 35 km away, is the nearest airport from here.
Mangalore Central Railway Station is situated at a distance of 37 km from here. This is the major railhead connecting Nandikur to other cities.
Buses are available from Bangalore, Mangalore and Udupi. Sugama Tourists is one of the top operators plying its buses on this route. State-run buses are also available. Online bus booking facility enables you to get your tickets from the confines of your home.