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 census town in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, Kankavli is situated on the banks of two Rivers, the Gad River and the Janavli River. Surrounded by villages, the town is an important railway station on the Konkan Railway route. Kankavli is about 460kms away from Mumbai along the NH 17 and 137kms away from Ratnagiri. Famous for Sindhudurg Shikshan Prasarak Mandal's College of Engineering, the town is rich in culture, education and politics.
Places to Stay
The well-known place to stay in the township is the Waterfall Jungle Resort that offers budget accommodation options. Travellers can also stay at the nearby district of Sindhudurg at Hotel Sahyadri (Tariff- Rs.1001-Rs.2000) or Hotel Galaxy (Tariff- Rs.1001-Rs.2000).
Other than Ganpati Fetival, Gudi Padwa and Diwali is celebrated here. The Mahashivratri Jatra at the neighbouring Kumbhavade village is a popular annual event.
Malvani, a dialect of Konkani is spoken here prominently. The other languages spoken here includes Marathi and Hindi.
Places to Visit
Places of interest in the town include the Bhalchandra Maharaj Ashram (1km), a mosque in the neighbouring Kalamath rural community (1km), Sindhudurg Fort (35kms) and the Savdav Waterfalls (15kms). Since the town is about 18kms away from Kumbhavade village, where the very popular Shree Mahalingeshwar Mandir is located. A Swayambhu Devasthan, the Mahashivratri Jatra is held every year at this temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kankavli is the Kolhapur Airport(80kms) and Goa’s Dabolim Airport (100kms)
All trains that passes through the Konkan route passes via the Kankavli Railway Station.
Kankavali ST depot and ST stand is well-structured and large compared to other stands in Sindhudurg district. The prominent bus operators that run busses to and from Kankavali include Atmaram Travels, Neeta Tours and Travels, Naik Tours & Travels and Shree Sai Travels. Before going on a holiday, check out for deals and offers on several bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com.