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.
Begar is a small village in the South Indian state of Karnataka. Its nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Udupi at a distance of 68 km. The village lies in the midst of four wildlife sanctuaries – Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary, Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary and Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary – all within a radius of 45 km. Though surrounded by a lot of greenery, the village itself is not naturally green.
Places to Stay
The nearest accessible place available for lodging is Udupi. Some of the budget hotels worth giving a try are Ayodhya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Mahima Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Metropolis Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Swathi Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800) among others.
The official language of the area is Kannada.
The important festivals of the region are Ugadi in March-April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Apart from the four wildlife sanctuaries, you can travel towards the coast (79 km away, around two hours’ ride) and enjoy the picturesque and beautiful scenery. Some of the beaches which are worth a visit are Padukere Beach (74 km away), Bengre Estuary (77 km away) and Beejadi Beach (80 km away).
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 113 km.
The Udupi Railway Station, which is located around 67 km away, is the closest major railway station to the town.
Direct buses as well as via buses to the town are available from nearby towns. It is mostly state-transport buses which cater to the needs of people, besides SRS Travels. There are several bus booking portals that provide bus booking online offers from time to time.