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 village in the Kundapura taluk of Udupi, Karnataka, Gangolli (also Ganguli) is the place where the five major rivers of the Kundapura taluk converge and join the Arabian Sea. Situated across the river Pancha Gangavali from the town of Kundapura, Gangolli was a major trading and export centre during the British rule. Today Gangolli is one of the most famous fishing centres in Karnataka.
Places to Stay
Places like Central Lodge offer accommodation from Rs.300 onwards.
The Maari Jathra (Maari pooja) at Sri Mahankali Temple brings in a lot of people to Gangolli. The temple festivals are in the month of Jan-Feb every year. The Sirsi Jathra held in Gangolli is the second famous throughout the state.
The main languages spoken in Gangolli are Kundpur Kannada, Urdu, Zamayati, Navayath and Konkani.
Places to Visit
The historic Sri Venkataramana temple (Mallyar Mutt) built during the Vijayanagar time and the Sri Mahankali Temple (Kanoji Mutt) are famous here. Gangolli has more than 10 mosques and 10 Madrasas. The Jamia Masjid and the Mohiddin Jamia Masjid brings in pilgrims from surrounding vilages.
How to Get There
The airport nearest to Gangolli is at Bajpe Airport (89kms).
Kundapura Railway Station and Senapura Railway Station are the closest to Gangolli.
Gangolli’s main bus stand is located 1.5km from Gangolli bunder (port). There are a number of bus operators like Durgamba Motors and SRS Travelsvi that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the village. Avail of bus ticket booking coupons through Ticketgoose.com and save your money when you travel.