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.
Honnavar is one of the five port towns located in the Uttara Kanada district of Karnataka. It is a beautiful coastal town and is about 442 km away from Bangalore. In 1342, the city was named as Honnavar or Hinaur by Ibn Batuta, an African traveller. Its pristine coastline, serene beaches and mesmerising waterfalls offer incredible travel experiences to travellers.
Budget Hotels in Honnavar
Some of the budget-friendly hotels in Honnavar are Hotel Goodluck (Rs. 500), Bhattara Hotel (Rs. 600) and Kamath Hotel (Rs.700).
Kannada is commonly spoken language here. Konkani, Nawayath and Marathi are other languages spoken in this region.
Events in Honnavar
Ugadi (April) and Mahashivratri (February) are a few well-celebrated festivals of Honnavar.
Places to See in Honnavar
There are several places to explore in Honnavar and its vicinity. Karikanamma, Asparkonda Waterfall and Keppa Jog Waterfall are located within the town. Idagunji (13km), Ramathirtha (3 km), Kasargod Beach (2 km) and Basavaraja Fort (3 km) are a few other places of interest nearby.
How to Get There
There is no airport in Honnavar. Hubli Airport is the nearest one and is about 180 km away from here.
Honnavar Railway Station, the major and nearest railway station, is only 5.6 km away from the town.
Compared to other means of commute, the frequency of buses are quite admirable in Honnavar. Buses from Bangalore, Pune, Goa and Hubli ply to and fro the town. SRS Travels is a one of the top private bus operators that serve the passengers on this route. Plan your vacation in advance and book online to get discounts on bus tickets.