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 small coast pilgrimage town in Karnataka, Gokarna is also a popular tourist destination. All the activities and places to visit are with a kilometer of the bus stand. Gokarna is known for its four beaches – Kudlee Beach, Om Beach, Half Moon Beach and the secluded Paradise Beach – that brings in tourist from across the country. Life in this quaint little town is centred on the bus stand the beaches. Gokarna’s beach is several kilometres long and is situated at the edge of the town.
Places to Stay
There are many places to stay in near Gokarna first class. Places like Om Beach Resort, Shastri Guest House and Khushi Village Resorts offer affordable accommodations that start from Rs.700 onwards.
The annual Mahashivaratri and Kartika Mahotsava are famous in this town. During the 9-day Shiva Ratri festival up to 20,000 pilgrims descend to this small town.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The Mahabaleshwar Temple, Maha Ganapathi Temple, Uma Maheshwara Temple, Bhadrakali Temple, Tamra Gauri Temple, Venkataramana Temple and Kotitheertha (a man-made tank) are all located within 1-3kms of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Dabolim Airport.
Gokarna has its own railway station.
The Gokarna Bus Stand runs regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like SRS Travels, Sea Bird Tourist and Sugama Tourist run regular buses to and from the town. Travellers can make use of online bus tickets booking facility provided by a number of travel websites.