Basavakalyan is a small town located in the Bidar district of the South Indian state of Karnataka. During ancient times, the town was referred to as Kalyan. After the classification of states on linguistic grounds in 1956, the town was rechristened to its present name after Anubhava Mantapa, who is credited with establishing spiritual democracy in the 12th Century. The historic city of Bidar is located at a distance of 79 km from the village. Maharashtra border is also just 11 km away.
Places to Stay
The closest and the most convenient place to put up for the night is Bidar with its wide variety of budget hotels and lodges. Some of them which are worth trying are Sapna Continental Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Hotel Shanti Boarding & Lodging (Tariff – Rs. 500), Hotel Ratna (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Shanti Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 500) and others.
The official language of Basavakalyan is Kannada. Hindi, Urdu and Marathi are also understood.
The important festivals of the area are Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth visiting in the town are the Basavakalyana Fort, Basaveshvara Temple, Moti Mahal, Hydari Mahal, Peeran Dargah, Allamaprabhu statue and its surrounding areas.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad at a distance of 200 km.
Bidar Railway Station is the nearest railway station at a distance of 79 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect Basavakalyan to different cities in the region. SRS Travels is one of the popular bus operators. Travellers prefer getting to their desired holiday destination by a Volvo bus.
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.