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.
The largest city and only City Municipal Corporation in Haveri district of Karnataka, Ranebennuru is located on the National Highway NH4. The most important river in the state, the Tungabhadra, flows near the south of the city. Another river the Kumadvathi also enters the city before joining the Tungabhadra. Popularly known as the ‘Gateway to North Karnataka’, the Ranebennuru bus route connects most of the important destinations in North and South Karnataka.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Ranebennuru. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Nandi Lodge, Hotel Suraj and Hotel Sri Nandi that offers rooms from Rs.600 onwards.
All annual festivals like Sankranthi, Ugadi, Diwali, Dussehra, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The Ranebennur Wildlife Sanctuary, Ranibennur Blackbuck Sanctuary, Hazarat jamalshawali Dargah, Sayed Sadatsha Wali Dargah located within a kilometres of the bus stand and the Aduvi Hanumappa Temple (5 km) are places to visit in this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Hubli.
Ranebennuru has its own railway station.
Ranebennuru bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like VRL Travels run regular buses to and from the town. You can get discounts on bus tickets through TicketGoose.com, one of the popular bus booking websites.