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.
Jammalamadugu is a town situated in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. It lies on the banks of the river Penneru and is famous for its export of fruits-especially citrus fruits, agricultural and dairy products. It is also famous for its export of sarees manufactured here and in nearby towns. It is the only town in the taluk and is therefore a very important hub for commerce.
Places to Stay
Few good budget hotels in Jammalamadugu are: Shiva Sai Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs 1000), Ganesh Hotel (Tariff – Rs500), Mayura Hotel (Tariff – Rs 1500) and Hotel Navayuga (Tariff – Rs1800).
The official language spoken in Jammalamadugu is Telugu. Hindi is also well understood.
Dusshera in October is a very important festival in this area. Other festivals celebrated are Tirunala, Sankranti, Diwali and Ugadi.
Places of Interest
Gandikota, or the George fort (9.5 km), Mylavaram (5 km)- a reservoir and museum, and Danuvulapadu- a famous Jain pilgrimage site, are few of the major attractions here. Venkateshwara temple, located in the centre of town, is one of the oldest temples in this region, is another place to visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Jammalamadugu is in Tirupathi (210 km).
The closest railway station to Jammalamadugu is in Yerraguntla(34 km). Muddanur railway station (20km) also has trains connecting to Chennai and Bombay.
APSRTC connects Jammalamadugu to major cities in Andhra Pradesh such as Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Kadapa, Neloore, Kurnool and Madanapalli. Jammalamadugu bus depot is the main bus stand. The most popular private bus operators are Kesineni, Sri Krishna Travels and VRL. Booking bus tickets is very easy these days through various bus booking websites like Ticketgoose.com.