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 holy temple-town located in Chikkamagaluru district in Karnataka, has the famous Kalaseshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located on the banks of the Bhadra River, 92kms South-west of Chickmagalur the town is chiefly a pilgrimage and tourist spot. The name Kalasa was derived from the fact that the town, which was surrounded by the Bhadra river on three sides with the Duggappana Katte hill at the South resembles a pot from a high altitude.
Places to Stay
Places like Thotadur Yathra Nivasa (Tariff-Rs.491) and Hotel Chandan Lodge (Tariff Rs.161) near the bus stand offer affordable accommodation.
The annual Girija Kalyana, Kalasa Car Festival or the Rathotsava and the Venkataramana Swamy Temple Car Festival bring in people from across the state.
Kannada is the Local Language here. Konkani and Marathi are also spoken here.
Places to Visit
The Kalaseshwara temple is the chief temple of the town (1km). There are also other temples and five major water spots (8kms).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Mangalore International Airport (110kms)
The nearest railway station is at Sakleshpur (28kms) and Donigal (29kms).
Kalasa Bus Stand runs regular bus services to and from the town. There are great bus operators like Sugama Tourists that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Various bus ticket online booking sites make it convenient for travellers to book their tickets with ease.