Challakere is a town based in the Chitradurga district of Karnataka. It is also called the ‘oil city of Karnataka’ and is the second largest supplier and producer of edible oil only to be trumped by Mumbai city. Challakere is known to have more than 60 oil industries. The kambal (blankets) of Challakere are also very popular. These blankets are made by Kurba people and are sold across different cities in India.
Places to Stay
There are good budget friendly hotels in Challakere. Some of them include Hotel Kutti (Tariff –Rs. 500) and Hotel Raghavendra (Tariff – Rs. 800), and Hotel Sahara (Tariff – Rs.800).
The official spoken language of Challakere is Kannada. Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi are also spoken here.
The temple festival or Jatra begins in Challakere in the month of March. This lasts for 8 days. The other festivals in Challakere include Ugadi, Onam, Vinayaka Chaturthi, and Diwali.
Places of Interest
Challakere has many temples that attract several tourists every year. Some of the temples include Dutta Temple, Lord Veerbhadra Swamy Temple, Challakere Temple, and Ajjan Guddi.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Challakere is the Bangalore International Airport. It is approximately 179 km away from Challakere.
Challakere has its own railway station. Regular trains to different cities run from this junction.
Challakere is well connected with other Indian cities through buses. There are daily buses to Bangalore, Mysore, Hyderabad and other cities of India. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include SRE Travels and Tirupati Travels. Volvo bus service is available to any popular tourist destinations across India
Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is famous for its rich history and tradition. Its culture and historical tradition dates back to 400 years Known as the Pearl City that retains its ancient culture, today Hyderabad has grown in leaps and bounds in the field of technology. Hyderabad offers a variety of attractions for tourists, such as the minars, khao galis and bangle markets. The city has various influences of the Nizam culture.
Budget Hotels in Hyderabad
There are great many hotels in Hyderabad that are suitable for budget travelers which include the Ashoka Klaasic (Tariff – Rs 1,025) Taj Mahal Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 2,016) and The City Park (Tariff – Rs.1,844)
Telugu is the local language spoken in Hyderabad. Hyderabad has a large population of Muslims since the region was earlier ruled by Moguls and Nizams, hence people here are also fluent in Hindi and Urdu.
Events in Hyderabad
Batkamma Panduga held in July and Bonalu in September are some of the important local festivals of Hyderabad. Other common festivals like Ugadi (April), Ganesh Chaturthi (September), Ramzan (July) and Bakri-id (October) are also celebrated with great enthusiasm in this city.
Places to See in Hyderabad
There is a gamut of interesting places to visit in Hyderabad like Charminar (16kms from bus stand), Nizam's Museum ( 2kms from Charminar), Golconda Fort (18 kms), Salar Jung Museum (19kms), Laad Bazaar 13 kms), Birla Mandir (4.63) and Hussein Sagar Lake (4kms).
How to Get There
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is an international airport near Shamshabad. It is located about 22 kms away from the city. This international airport also undertakes domestic operations.
Hyderabad’s Deccan Railway Station situated at Nampally is the busiest railway station that has connecting trains to all major destinations in India. This major railway station serve the two cities – Secunderabad and Hyderabad; while Kachiguda is a small station located at Begumpet.
Hyderabad has a number of government and private buses. Currently there are two bus stations —Afzal Gunj Stand and Jubilee Bus Stand. The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transportation Corporation (APSRTC) provides standard buses, deluxe coaches and air conditioned coaches. The best bus operators that offer quality service include Kesineni Travels, Sindu Travels and VRL Travels. There are several bus operators that have made booking bus tickets easier through their websites.