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 town in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, Gokarna is located 583 km from Bengaluru, 238 from Mangalore and 59 km from Karwar. This beautiful town is located alongside the Karwar coastline of the Arabian Sea and is situated at the confluence of the rivers Gangavali and Agnashini. Gokarna literally means a ‘cow's ear’, it is said that Lord Shiva known as Mahabhaleshwara emerged from the ear of a cow. The town is surrounded by a number of beaches which are a huge tourist draw.
Budget Hotels in Gokarna
There are good budget hotels in Gokarna. Some of them are Makara Village Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1000 onwards), Namaste Cafe (Tariff – Rs. 700 onwards), Paradise Holiday Cottage (Tariff – Rs. 1200 onwards) and Sea Bird Holiday Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1500 onwards).
The official languages of Gokarna are Kannada and Konkani. The other language spoken here is Marathi.
Events in Gokarna
Other than the pan-India festivals, Mahashivratri and Kartika Mahotsav are the important festivals of Gokarna.
Places to See in Gokarna
There are several places of tourist attraction in Gokarna. Some of the places include Om Beach (7 km) Kudle Beach (6 km), Half Moon beach, Gokarna Beach, Bhadrakali temple, Mahaganpati temple, Mahabhaleshwara temple all at close proximity. Karwar (59 km), Kumta (32 km), Mirjan Fort (11 km) and Yaana (52 km) are some places around Gokarna.
How to Get There
The nearest airports are Dabolim at Goa located at 155 km and Mangalore International Airport at Bajpe located at 232 km.
Gokarna has its own railway station by the name of Gokarna Road located 6 km from the town.
There are daily bus services to Kumta, Ankola, Karwar, Bijjur, Madangere, Panaji, Mangalore and Bengaluru. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Vijayanand Roadlines, VRL Travels Sugama and Sea Bird Travels. Opt for online bus ticket reservation to renowned tourist places in India by logging on to several bus booking websites.