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.
Gundlupet is a town in the Chamarajanagar District of Karnataka. It belongs to the Mysore Division. Earlier the town was known as Vijayapura due to its famous Vijayanarayana Temple. Gudalur and Udhagamandalam are the nearby cities to the town. The town is close to the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. Gundlupet is known for growing ragi, onion, bananas, etc. The population of the town was 78% in 2011 and had the literacy rate of 75%.
Places to Stay
The hotels in Gundlupet are Hotel Guruprasad (Tariff – Rs. 1000), The Mourya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1,000-1500).
The language spoken in Gundlupet is Kannada. Hindi and English are the secondary languages spoken.
Major festivals celebrated are Diwali, Dussehra, Ugadi, Vara Mahalakshmi and Gowri Pooja.
Places of Interest
Gundlupet has tourist places such as Himavad Gopalswamy Hills (18 km away), Paarvati Betta (10 km away), Bandipur National Park (16 km away) and Huluganamuradi Venkataramana Betta (25 km away).
How to Get There
The nearest is Mysore Airport which is at a distance of 61 km.
Chamarajanagar Railway Station (33 km away) is close by but the major railway station is Mysore Railway Station which is 63 km from the town and well-connected with major towns and cities.
Gundlupet has KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transportation) bus services running through it. Private buses such as Rajesh Travels and Kesineni Tours and Travels have an average ticket price of Rs. 400 and they are well linked with cities like Mysore and Bangalore. They provide Volvo, AC and non-AC bus services. Avail of bus ticket discounts when you book your tickets through Ticketgoose.com.