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.
Located in Karnataka’s Dakshin Kannada district, Venoor, also spelled as Venur, is a beautiful coastal town. It lies on the Dharmasthala-Moodabidri-Karkala route. Venoor is well connected by road and is known for its single rock statue of Bhagawan Bahubali. It also houses numerous ancient temples, which are worth visiting.
Places to Stay
Hotels in Venoor are very basic. Dharmasthala, about 32 km from the town, offers a number of reasonably good hotels like Dhenuatithiya (Tariff –Rs.900), Kamath Resort (Tariff –Rs.1,000) and Rivirea Eco stay (Tariff –Rs.1,000).
Kannada is the official language of Venoor. Tullu and Konkani are also spoken in the town.
Makar Sankranti in January, Mahashivaratri in February, Ugadi in March and Dasara in September-October are the most important events of this town.
Places of Interest
There are a number of places to visit in and around Venoor. Mudbidri (16 km), Karkal (24 km), and Mangalore (34 km) are some of the places nearby that are worth visiting.
How to Get There
Mangalore airport, which is 28 km from here, is the closest to the town.
People from Venoor have to travel 38 km to Mangalore and catch a train. It is a major rail head connecting this place to other cities.
There are direct buses from Nelamangala to Venoor. So, passengers travelling from Chennai or Bangalore have to come to Nelamangala and take a bus from here. Vishal Tourists, Durgamba Motors, Sugama Tourist Bangalore are some of the top operators plying their buses on this route. Book your tickets to anywhere in India through Ticketgoose.com’s online bus reservation service.