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.
Shankaranarayana is a village situated in Udupi district in Karnataka state. It is situated 38 km from Udupi and 357 km from the state capital, Bangalore. The economy is based on agriculture and people here cultivate paddy, coconut, pepper and cashew. Udupi, Kota, Mudbidri and Karkala are cities close to Shankaranarayana. This village earlier went by the name of Golikatte.
Places to Stay
Hotels can be found at Udupi. Some of them are Hotel Kediyoor (Tariff - Rs. 700 to 1500), Hotel Swadesh Heritage (Tariff - Rs. 600), Hotel Udupi Residency (Tariff - Rs. 1500).
The languages spoken in Shankaranarayana are Tulu, Konkani, Kannada, Marathi, Hindi and English.
The festivals celebrated in Shankaranarayana are Rama Navami, Shivrathri, Holi, Ratha Sapthami, Janmashtami, Navratri and Vijaya Dashami.
Places of Interest
There are several tourist destinations close to Shankaranarayana. Some of them are Kaup Beach, Krishna Temple and Ananteshwar Temple at Udupi (37 km), Kodachaadri Hills, Hidlumane Water Falls and Shankaracharya Temple at Kodachaadri (10 km) and Garuda’s Cave, Balamuri Ganpati Temple and Mookambika Temple at Kollur (31 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Bajpe Airport at Mangalore. It is located about 81 km away.
The closest railway station is at Mangalore, 94 km away.
Bhatkal and Kundapur are towns that are linked to Shankaranarayana. The Yadagiri bus station also connects the village to nearby towns like Harihara and Honnali. Private operators like VRL Travels and Sri Durgamba Travels have bus services that pass through the village. Get online bus tickets to more than 4,000 destinations by logging on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking website of India.