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.
A town in Belgaum district of Karnataka,Athani is well known for being the birthplace of famous Kannada poets and writers and their contribution to Kannada literature. Located 150kms from Belgaum city and 75kms from Bijapur, Athani is an agricultural town and the river Krishna flows through the Taluk. The town is also known to be the birthplace of the well-known Sri Shivyogi Murughendra Swamiji.
Budget Hotels in Athani
Athani has a reasonable number of lodges near the bus stand. Shanti Sagar Lodge offers rooms for Rs.400 onwards.
Kannada is the official language here.
Events in Athani
The annual religious festivals like Sankranthi, Diwali, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.Mondays are considered auspicious at the Siddheshwara Temple, so people from the neighbouring towns and villages visit the temple on Mondays.
Places to See in Athani
The Siddheshwara Temple (.5kms), Nadi Ingalgav falls (10kms), Gachhina Math(.5kms), the Ragahavendra Math (3kms) and the 10000 year old Savadi Venu Gopal Temple at Savadi (19kms) are places to visit near the bus stand.
How to Get There
Belgaum Airport is the nearest airport.
The nearest railway station is the Ugar railway station (35kms)
Athani bus stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like Kesineni Tours & Travels and VRL Travelsthat offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Bus ticket online booking facility is the most convenient way of booking your tickets