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.
Guduru is a city and a mandal in the Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh. It is located 12 km away from Machilipatnam and 560 km from Hyderabad, the state capital.
Places to Stay
There are medium to budget accommodation options close to Guduru. Hotel Moti Mahal (Tariff – Rs. 350 onwards), Eswar Residency, Machilipatnam (Tariff – Rs. 1000-2000), Hotel Apsara (Tariff – Rs. 500-1000) are a few.
The language spoken in Guduru is Telugu. Other languages include Tamil and Hindi.
The festivals celebrated are Shivagangamma Utsavam, Sri Pandurangaswamy Utsavam and Ugadi.
Places of Interest
The tourist destinations close to Guduru are a combination of temples, churches, caves and landscapes. Vijaywada (60 km away) has Submarine Museum, Bhavani Island, Rajiv Gandhi Park, Kondapalli Fort, Kanaka Durga Temple, Hazrat Bal Mosque, Gandhi Hill, Mogalarajapuram Caves and Undavalli Caves.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Vijaywada Airport which is 47 km away from Guduru. It is well-connected with a few cities like New Delhi, Tirupati, Agra and Goa through Jet Airways, Air India and Spice Jet.
Vadlamannadu, Kavutaram and Machilipatnam are the railway stations closest to Guduru. However, Vijaywada Railway Station is a major station (62 km away). Some trains that pass through the station are Vijaywada Express (07214), Jan Shatabdi (12078), Hyderabad Express (07110) and Navjeevan Express (12655).
Pedana, Machilipatnam, Gudlavalleru are the APSRTC (Andhra Pradesh State Road Transportation) bus stations near Guduru running a number of buses from major cities to here. There are many private bus services to get to Guduru. One is Rajesh Travels from Bangalore to Guduru which costs Rs. 425 per seat. Online bus ticket booking facility of Ticketgoose is safe and reliable. So, log on to book your tickets.