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 Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, Kavali is the second largest town in the district. Its location between two districts (Nellore and Ongole) on NH5 helped in the town’s quick development. Kavali is well known for its wholesale cloth business. The Goddess Kalugola Sambhavi temple in the town has been constructed with a unique rock called Bontha Raayi, which is only found in this town.
Places to Stay
Hotel Ramakrishna and Namaskar International Hotel located within 1km of the bus stand offer accommodation starting from Rs.500-700 onwards.
The annual festivals Sankranthi and Diwali are celebrated here.
Telugu is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The Kalugola Sambhavi Temple (1km), Shiva Temple (1km), Vishnalayam Temple (1km) and Ramayapatnam lighthouse (14kms) are great places to visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cuddapah Airport (136.4kms)
Kavalihas its own Railway Station.
KavaliBus Stand has regular bus service that connects the town to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like Rathi Meena Travels and Kaveri Kamakshi Travels run regular buses to and from the town. You can get discount on bus booking if you log on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking portal.