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.
Bantwal is a town in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka. It is located in Dakshina Kannada district, around 25 km away from major port city Mangalore. Bantwal is on the banks of River Nethravati.
Places to Stay
There are a number of good budget stay options here. Some of them are Hotel Vijaya (Tariff – Rs. 500), Hotel Srinidhi (Tariff – Rs. 500), Hotel Priyadarshini (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Krishna Classic Hotel Comforts (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
The official language of Bantwal is Tulu. Kannada and Konkani are also widely spoken here.
Mahashivratri is celebrated with much fervour at the Sri Karinjeshwara Temple in March annually.
Places of Interest
There are a number of temples in Bantwal that are ancient and worth visiting. Sri Mahalingeshwara Shiv Temple, Sri Tirumala Venkatramana Swamy Temple and Sri Vinayaka Shankaranarayana Durgamba Temple are the most famous. The Holy Saviour Church, a 300-year old church, is also worth a visit.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Bantwal is the Mangalore Airport, located only 17 km away.
Bantwal Railway Station connects the town to Mangalore and other locations. Mangalore Railway Station is the nearest major hub that connects the town to important cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi to name a few.
Durgamba Travels, Ganesh Tours and Travels, Neeta Tours and Travels and Paulo Travels operate daily bus services from major cities in the region to Bantwal Bus Stand. Bus ticket online booking has caught up with travelers across the country