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.
Haliyal is located in the Belgaum division of north Karnataka and is 470 km from Bangalore. Belgaum, Dharwad, Hubli, and Shiggaon are nearby. Haliyal itself contains roughly 157 villages. The total population of Haliyal was 65% in the year 2001 and the literacy rate was 68%. The people of Haliyal cultivate rice, sugarcane, millet and cotton. Fishing is also a popular occupation.
Places to Stay
The nearest hotels are in Hubli (50 Km away) these include Hotel Mahima (tariff Rs. 1,000), Hotel Chalukya (tariff Rs. 700), Hotel Naveen (tariff Rs. 2,000). Hotels in Dharwad (35 km away) is Hotel Manorama (tariff Rs. 1,000)
The languages spoken in Haliyal are Kannada, Marathi, Konkani, Hindi and English.
The festivals that are celebrated here are Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, Karavali Utsav, Id-ul-Fitar and Id-ul-Adha (Bakri-Id) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Haliyal’s tourist places include a combination of temples, gardens and forts. The Haliyal Fort, the Lord Ganesh Temple, the Port garden, the Deer Park and the Mallikarjuna Temple are some popular tourist spots. Places nearby that are also frequented by tourists are Nersa (65 km), Hubli (45 km) and Dandeli (25 km.)
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Hubli airport which is at a distance of 39 km from Haliyal. Domestic flights to major cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi and Bangalore are available here.
Alnavar and Tavargatti are the nearest railway stations, the closest major railway station is in Dharwad which is 32 km from Haliyal. The Amravathi Express (18047), the Chennai-Hubli Express (17313), the Karnataka Sampark Kranti (12629) and the Yeshwantpur-Ahmedabad Express (19405) are some of the trains that can be caught from here.
Dandeli and Alnavar are the two main bus stations from where private bus services can be availed. Bus operators such as VRL Travels and SRS Travels have routes between Bangalore and Haliyal as well as to other cities. Book bus tickets online from the confines of your home or office without any hassle.