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.
Piduguralla is a town and municipality in Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh. It is located 51 kms from Guntur and 206 kms from state capital Hyderabad. This town is famous for white cement and limestone industries, cotton, rice and chili and pepper farming fields. Natural limestone is found in abundance here and is the source of the town's nickname 'Lime city'.
Places to Stay
Piduguralla has limited staying options. Some of the budget hotels in Piduguralla are Hotel Vijayasri (Tariff Rs.300 onwards) and Hotel Shilpa (Tariff Rs.300 onwards).
Telugu is the official language of Piduguralla.
Apart from the main festivals of Eid, Ugadi, Deepawali, Christmas and other festivals, which are celebrated, all over India, there are a few festivals that are unique to this town.Radhostavam, Trunalla, Atla Tadde and Vinayaka Chaviti are also celebrated every year in Piduguralla.
Places to see
Piduguralla is known for its temples. Important pilgrimage sites here are Piduguralla's Ayyappa temple, Sri Vasavi Kanyakaparameswaree temple, Sri Venkateswara temple and Prasana Anjaneya temple. Nearby tourist destinations toPiduguralla areAmaravathi (57 kms) Nagarjunsagar (68 kms), Guntur (50 kms), Vijayawada (88 kms) Khammam (98 kms).
How to Get There
Vijayawada airport (108 kms) is the nearest airport to Piduguralla.
Pidugurallahas its own railway station. Guntur junction railway station (51 kms) is the nearest major railway station to Piduguralla.
Moonlight Travels is one of the leading bus operators on this route. Online bus ticket reservation is an easy and convenient way to get your tickets