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 Hindu pilgrm centre and panchayat village, Hornadu is located in Chickmagalur district, Karnataka. The presiding deity of this village is Sri Annapoorneshwari (Goddess of Food). The temple is well-known as it believed that Saint Adi Shankaracharya had consecrated the idol. Thousands of people throng the temple every day and irrespective of caste, creed or religion, visitors to the temple will be served food.
Places to Stay
Places like Sri Devi Comforts, Shree Mathannapoorna Boarding and Lodging and Sri Annapoorneshwari Hotel are within 1km of the bus stand and offer accommodation starting from Rs.500 onwards.
The annual temple festivals are famous and attract huge crowds to the town.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The Sri Adishktyatmaka Annapurneshwari Ammanavara Devastana temple is all located near the bus stand. Sri Udbava Ganapathi Temple is about 3kms away.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Mangalore (125kms)
The nearest Railway Station is at Shimoga (136kms).
Horanadu Bus Stand has regular bus service that connects the town to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like Sugama Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Online bus booking in India is one of the most preferred ways of getting bus tickets to various popular places in India.