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.
Canacona is a city in the picturesque coastal Indian state of Goa. It is a part of the South Goa district. The state capital of Panjim is located at a distance of 73 km north of the city. Canacona is famous for its beaches, which are popular not only among Indian visitors, but among foreign tourists too.
Places to Stay
A wide variety of hotels and lodges exist in the area living up to its repute. Some of the budget hotels which are worth trying are Royal Touch Beach Huts & Restaurants (Tariff – Rs. 800), Pande Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Rishi Exotica Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Sevas Huts (Tariff – Rs. 500) and others.
The official language of the area is Konkani. Being a cosmopolitan area, Hindi and English are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Easter, Christmas, New Year, Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
It is anyone’s guess, that the area with a beach (or coast) nearby is a tourist destination in itself. However, some of the places which are worth visiting within the city are Palolem Beach, Colomb Beach, Patnem Beach and Talpona Beach.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Goa International Airport at a distance of 64 km.
The Belgaum Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 164 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses have pick-up points in the area. It is easy to get a discount on bus booking by logging on to several online bus booking websites.