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 Nagar Panchayat and mandal in Prakasam district, Andhra Pradesh, Giddaluru or Giddalur is located on the Guntur - Nandyal Highway. The well-known Mokshagundam village is situated in Giddalur Taluk. This village gained prominence after the legend that a dip in the five ponds leads to ultimate salvation or moksha.
Places to Stay
There are many affordable accommodation options available in Giddalur. Some of them are Sri Anupama Residency (Tariff- 900), Hotel MGM Grand (Tariff-1760 – 2000) and Hotel Swagath Grand (Tariff-1490).
The annual festivities at Pathala Nageshwara Swamy temple brings in people every year. Also the annual Srirama Navami festival at the Sri Kodanda Rama Swami Temple near Giddalur conducts the popular bull fight.
Telugu is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Khadarvali Swami Darga, C.S.I Church, Mokshagundam and Bthe heema Lingeswara Swami Temple (5kms beside Nandyal-Giddalur Highway) are places to see here.
How to Get There
Cuddapah Airport (98.18Kms) is the nearest airport.
Giddalur Railway Station runs trains that connect Giddalur to other town in Andhra Pradesh.
The APS RTC Bus Stand runs regular bus service in Giddalur. There are great private bus operators like Meghana Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from Giddalur. Browse through several bus booking portals and avail of cheapest bus tickets.