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.
Karamchedu is a village located 8.5kms from the busy commercial town of Chirala in Prakasam district, Andhra Pradesh. The village is known for its irrigated, fertile land as it is hugely benefitted from the century-old irrigation facilities built by the, British and during the post-Independence era. While the village was well-known for its prospering agriculture, the population has over the years diversified to other urban vocations. A third-level government unit, Karamchedu is a mandal that oversees the administration of several villages.
Places to Stay
The village offers several budget accommodation options in the nearby Chirala district. Some of the hotels in the vicinirrty are Dora Hotel, Sea Breeze Beach Resorts, Palm Coast Beach Resorts and Hotel Navarang, which offer rooms from Rs.700 onwwards.
The temple festivals are the most popular in the village. The annual celebrations include the Karamchedu kollupulu, a village festival where people pray for rains and the annual Gangamma Temple festival, which is celebrated in April-May.
Telugu is the language that is predominantly spoken in the village.
Places to Visit
While Karamchedu has not many places of interst except for its temples, the neighbouring town Chirala (10kms) has a lot of tourist attractions.
How to Get There
The airport nearest to Karamchedu village is Vijayawada.
The nearest railway station to Karamchedu is at Chirala.
There is regular bus service to Chirala that is run by both APSRTC (government) and private operators, such as Morning Star Travels from all major towns in Andhra Pradesh. Online bus booking in India makes it possible to book bus tickets without any hassle.