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.
Surapura is a village that is located in the Belur tehsil, in the Hassan district of Karnataka. Surapura happens to be one of the 383 villages in Belur and is situated 36 km from Hassan and 220 km from the state capital of Bangalore. Chikmagalur is close-by and is famous for its scenic beauty. Surapura can be reached easily by road and rail.
Places to Stay
As it is a small town, Surapura does not have many hotels to offer its visitors. However, there are local homestays that are available. Several hotels can be found in Chikmagalur city, these include Rajmahal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 650 onwards) and the Nature Craft Homestay (Tariff – Rs. 1000.)
The official language of Surapura is Kannada. The other languages that are spoken here are Tamil and Marathi.
Some of the popular festivals of Surapura are Ganesh Chaturthi (September), Dussehra (October) and Deepavali (November.)
Places of Interest
The big pond in Rameshwaram (6 km away), the Mullayanagiri Peak (8.3 km away) and the Kemmanagundi hill-station (55 km away) in Chikmagalur are very popular tourist areas.
How to Get There
Surapura has no airport facility. The Mangalore airport (170 km) is the nearest airport.
Kadur (7.77 km away) is the nearest railway station to Surapura. The Birur Junction which is a major railway station near Surapura is 12.17 km away.
Surapura via Chikmagalur is well-connected to places such Hyderabad, Bangalore, Hassan. SRS Travels & Logistics and Spectrum Tours & Travels are some of the good bus operators in this area. Avail of bus ticket booking discount coupons from Ticketgoose.com when you buy your tickets online.