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 town located in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, Sawantwadi is often referred to as the ‘gateway to Goa’. Bestowed with nature’s bounty, this picturesque locale is a great stop for tourists looking for a short, scenic getaway. Known for its flourishing woodcraft industry, Sawantwadi is also known for its wooden toys.
Places to Stay
Few notable hotels in Sawantwadi are: Konkan Crown Resort (Tariff – Rs 1800), Shilpagram Holiday Resort (Tariff – Rs 1200) or Saish International (Tariff – Rs 1200).
The official language of Sawantwadi is Konkani. Marathi is also spoken here.
Dusshera-which falls in the month of October or November, and Rakhi or Rakshabandhan are celebrated with much fervour here.
Places of Interest
Some places worth a visit in Sawantwadi include Sawantwadi Palace and the lake in front of the palace – Moti Talao. Also visit the 150-year-old Raghunath Market, which is known for its handicrafts. The Amboli Hill Station, which is about 29 km from Sawantwadi, is highly recommended.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Dabolim in Goa. It is located about 87 km away from the town.
The nearest railway station is the Sawantwadi Road Station, where the Konkan Railway makes a stop.
Sawantiwadi is a point of convergence for four roads coming in from different directions. NH-17 goes towards Mumbai, and goes as far down as Kochi in Kerala. The road headed south reaches Panjim, Goa, within an hour’s time. East-bound roads head towards Belgaum in Karnataka. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include ARC Travels, Hindusthan Travels and Joy Travels. Online bus booking facility is the most convenient way to book your tickets.