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.
Situated in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka is Thokottu, a tiny village which lies on National Highway 17, south of Mangalore city. Thokottu also happens to be the first stop for any train which leaves Mangalore towards south direction. Thokottu is also known for being the starting point for the educational hub of Mangalore. Due to its proximity to the sea, the region witnesses humid but pleasant weather throughout the year.
Places to Stay
There are limited accommodation options in Thokottu. Tourists are recommended that they stay in Mangalore instead. Some of the hotels in Mangalore are Hotel Hindustan (Tariff – Rs. 500) and Hotel Suman Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1100) among others.
The official language of Thokottu is Kannada. The other languages spoken in Thokottu include English and Hindi.
Onam in February and Diwali in November are the two festivals which are celebrated with great fervour here.
Places of Interest
Some tourist spots in and around Thokottu are St Aloysius Chapel, Surathkal Beach, and Kudroli Gokarnath Temple among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Thokottu is the Bajpe Airport.
Thokottu has a railway station of its own connecting to nearby places such as Mysore and Goa among others.
Thokottu has a bus stand of its own with buses plying to nearby places such as Bangalore and Mysore among others. Private operators such as Sugama Tourists ply reliable and frequent bus service on this route. Volvo bus service is available to any popular tourist destinations across India.