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.
Yemmiganur, also called Emmiganur, is a developing city in Andhra Pradesh and is a mandal headquarters and municipal headquarters of the Kurnool District. Yemmiganur was part of Vijayanagar from the 14thforeign countries. It is also famous for its weavers. Yemmiganur is a growing educational hub with many schools coming up in the area.
Places to Stay
Although there are no hotels in Yemmiganur, nearby Adoni has a number of good budget hotels. These include Hotel Srinvasa Bhavan (Tariff – Rs. 500-1000), International Lodge (Tariff- Rs. 500-1000), and Rajshri Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000 and above).
The official languages of Yemmiganur are Telugu and Kannada.
Some of the important festivals of Yemmiganur are Hanuman Jayanthi, Teru Bazaar- a car festival in January, and Peerla Pandaga Yugadi (Dashera) which is the first day of the Telugu Calendar.
Places of Interest
Yemmiganur has a number of places of religious interest such as the Sufi Saint Khwaya Sayed Darga which is 5 km away from Kurnool and the BIG MG Jerusalem Church. There is also the Santha ‘Sunday Market’-a local cattle market.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Yemmiganur is in Bellary (60 km), Karnataka.
The nearest major railway station to Yemmiganur is in Adoni (30 km).
There are daily bus services to Vijayawada, Guntur, and other places in Andhra Pradesh. The best bus operator that offers good experience to passengers is Diwakar Travels. Online bus ticket booking has caught up with travelers across India.