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.
Kakinada is a municipal town and the headquarters of the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The district headquarters of Rajahmundry is located at a distance of 65 km to the west. The city is known for its proximity to the scenic Bay of Bengal coast as well as the adjoining Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. Those with a desire to explore beaches, South Indian temples as well as cuisine can try this place out.
Places to Stay
There are plenty of places of accommodation that also provide good food at affordable prices in the city. Some of the options which are worth trying are Hotel Udupi Venus (Tariff – Rs. 450), Udupi Radhakrishna (Tariff – Rs. 600), Sri Udipi Durga Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 500), Chaitanya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 500) and others.
The official language of the area is Telugu.
The important festivals celebrated are Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Ugadi in March-April and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The best place to see in the city is the Kakinada Beach. Other sites which will interest tourists are the Vakalapudi Light House; Adurru village; Pithapuram, a town of religious importance, located 20 km away; and the Coringa Wildilfe Sanctuary (17 km to the south) among others.
How to Get There
Rajahmundry Airport, which is about 63 km away, is the nearest airport.
Kakinada Railway Station through its network of railways connects this city to major cities across the region.
Buses to the area are available from Rajahmundry, Guntur, Eluru as well as Vijayawada. When you opt for Ticketgoose.com’s online bus ticket booking facility ensure that you check out for discount coupons.