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.
Ataluk town in the Belgaum district of Karnataka, Chikodi is surrounded by hills on all sides. The rivers Krishna, Vedaganga andDudhgangaare near this town. The town’s development is chiefly attributed to tobacco farming. Chikodi is also a rich sugar belt and three sugar factories are located in this region. Other than for its temples, the town is well-known for being close to Nagarmunnoli, a village that is famous for its Ayurvedic Medicine.
Places to Stay
Chikodihas a great number of hotels located within a kilometre from the bus stand. Punit lodge and YerriswamyDelux Lodge offer rooms for Rs. 400 onwards.
Annual festivals like Sankranthi, Dussehra, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Kannada is the main language spoken in this town.
Places to Visit
Chandrakori Ganesh Temple, near Bus Stand is a very famous temple in the region. The ParatiNagalingeswaratemple, is located about 2.5kms away from the bus stand. The Shantigiri Jain Temple (10kms from Chikodi) houses the ShriShantigiriTirth. The Yadur-Shree Veerbhardra temple on the banks of river Krishna is located about 20kms from Chikodi.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Chikodi is the Belgaum Airport (75kms) and Kolhapur Airport (60kms).
Chikodi has its own railway station
Chikkodi Bus Station, AnkaliKhoot Bus Stop, Basaveshwar Circle Bus Stop and RR Bus Standrun regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators VRL Travels, SRS Travels and Sea Bird Touristthat offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. If you are booking bus tickets for your journey, book online and travel without any tension.