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.
Udayagiri, a city in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, is 101 km from Nellore. This is a historical city, ruled by many dynasties and is of great importance even to this day as the forts, palaces, and stronghold speaks of its former glory.
Places to Stay
There are some good budget hotels in Kadapa which is 78 Km from Udayagiri. They are Blue Diamond Hotel on Kadapa Railway Station Road (Tariff – Rs.636), Hotel Haripriya also located on Kadapa Railway Station Road (Tariff – Rs.896), and Swagath Residency on DCC Bank Road (Tariff – Rs.909).
The official languages spoken here are Telugu and Urdu.
The important festivals in Udayagiri are Ramzan which is celebrated during the 9th month of Islamic Hijrah calendar, Christmas on 25 December, Sankranti in January, Dasara and Diwali in October.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attractions in Udayagiri. They are the Udayagiri Hills, which has a historical story attached to it, next is the Udayagiri fort, and there are lots of temples around the hill. Some of them are dedicated to Lord Shiva. The hill also has a scenic view with uninterrupted water supply from an unknown source.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Udayagiri is the Cuddapah Airport which is 71 km away from the city.
The nearest railway station is 75 km away in Kavali.
The easiest way to reach Udayagiri is through road. There are several buses both state-owned and private buses which run daily connecting Udayagiri with other major and minor destinations. Book a bus ticket in advance and travel without any hassle to any destination in India.