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 town in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, Kaiga houses an Atomic Power Plant owned and operated by NPCIL. The town also has a well-constructed township oin its vicinity that has been built by the NPCIL for the benefit of its employees. River Kali flows near Kaiga. A picturesque town, Kaiga’s attracts photographers for the flora and fauna on the banks of the river.
Places to Stay
Places like Shubhadra Hotel on Kaiga Road offer accommodation from Rs.400 onwards.
The festival at the Sri Ramalingeshwar Temple attracts a huge crowd.
Kannada is the Local Language here. Konkani and Marathi is also spoken here.
Places to Visit
There is an open Air Theatre (.5km) at the township; other than that the Khudra & Khodsali Dam (13kms) is a picturesque place.
How to Get There
The airport nearest to Kaiga is the Dabolim Airport (80kms)
The nearest railway station is at Karwar Railway Station (5kms)
Kaiga Township bus stand runs regular services. There are great bus operators like Seabird Tourists that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the village. Log on to Ticketgoose.com and get bus booking online to over 4,000 destinations across the country.