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 coastal village in Karnataka, Sastana is just 17 km away from Udupi. It is a perfect place for those who are looking for offbeat destinations. Its proximity to places like Aroor (13 km), Udupi (17 km) and Malpe (22 km) makes this place even more attractive. There are numerous beaches to explore, if you want to enjoy the sand and sun.
Places to Stay
If you are looking for budget hotels, then head to Udupi, which is just 17 km away from here. There are several hotels that tourists can choose from like Rukmini Residency Hotel (Tariff –Rs.700), Summer Park Hotel (Tariff –Rs.900) and Sharada International Hotel (Tariff –Rs.1,100).
The languages spoken here are Kannada and English.
Some of the major festivals celebrated in Sastana are Mahashivaratri in February, Holi in March-April, Ganesh Chaturthi in September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Sastana being a coastal town has numerous beaches to explore, including the Padukere Beach (9 km), Beach Bengre Kemmannu (19 km), Beejadi Beach (14 km), Malpe Beach (23 km) and Maravanthe beach (32 km). Other places of attraction include Aroor (13 km), Udupi (17 km) and Malpe (22 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport from this town is the Mangalore Airport (73 km).
The major railhead connecting this town is in Udipi, which is 21 km away.
Buses are available from Udupi, Bangalore and Mysore. SRS Travels, Durgamba Motors, Bharati Tourists and Sugama Tourists are some of the top operators plying their buses on this route. To book bus tickets online, you can log on to www.ticketgoose.com.