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.
Virajpet town is also spelled as Virarajendrapete after the erstwhile ruler of Kodagu district in Karnataka. A small town popular for coffee and spice crops, Virajpet is 30 km away from Madikeri and 250 km from Bangalore. Virajpet also happens to be the largest honey producer in Asia. Road is the only convenient way to reach Virajpet. The place is popular amongst the tourists for its temples, churches and festivals. It enjoys pleasant climate.
Places to Stay
Being a small town, Virajpet does not have many hotels nearby. However, cheap budget hotels such as Hotel Palace Plaza (Tariff – Rs. 630), SK Elegance (Tariff – Rs. 1087), Suvarna Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1363) are present in the range of 88 km to 90 km from Virajpet.
The official language of Virajpet is Kannada.
Mercara Dasara or Madikeri is a major 10-day long festival celebrated in Virajpet in October.
Places of Interest
Ayyappa temple and Shiva temple (8 km from Virajpet), St. Anne’s Church, Igguthappa temple and mountain Tadiandamol (15 km) are some of the great tourist attractions to check out.
How to Get There
While Mysore Airport is 115 km away, Mangalore International Airport is 172 km away from Virajpet. Kannur International Airport in Kerala is the new airport under construction which is 58 km from Virajpet.
Thalassery and Kannur in Kerala are the two nearest railway stations (80 km) to Virajpet.
Chickpet Bus Stop, Sarvodaya College Bus Stop, Kodava Samaj Bus Stop are some of the nearest bus stops to Virajpet. Poornima Tours is a major bus operator that provides tourist buses from Virajpet to Bangalore. To make use of cheap bus ticket booking facility on Ticketgoose.com book your tickets in advance.