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 village in the Kodagu district of Karnataka, Napoklu hails from the Mysore Division. It is located 260 km from Bangalore. Some of the nearby towns to Napoklu include Madikeri, Coorg, Taliparamba, and Virajpet. Road is the best way of reaching Napoklu since the nearest railway station and airport are situated far off.
Places to Stay
Napoklu is a small village and hence does not have many hotels nearby. Local home stays are available. A few budget hotels in nearby Coorg are Vinayaka Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 653), Caveri Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 850), and Hilltown Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 950).
The official language of Napoklu is Kannada. The alternative languages spoken are Malayalam and Tulu.
Some of the major local festivals of Napoklu that are celebrated with great fanfare include Kailpodhu in September, Kaveri Sankramana in mid October, Puttari in late November, and Huthari in December.
Places of Interest
Abbey Falls (5 km from Madikeri), Coorg (16 km), and Virajpet (23 km) are the famous tourist spots situated near Napoklu.
How to Get There
Mysore Airport (120 km) and Bajpe Airport (123 km) are the two nearest airports to Napoklu.
Subrahmanya Rao Railway Station (52 km) is the nearest railway station to Napoklu.
Bus services ply from Napoklu to connecting cities such as Mangalore, Mysore, Bangalore, Hassan, Thalassery, and Kannur. Ashwini Tours & Travels, Poornima Travels, Angel Travels, and GreenLine Travels & Holidays are few good bus operators that connect to Napoklu at affordable bus tariffs. Ticketgoose.com provides a number of bus ticket offers for its customers. Look out for them when you book your tickets online.