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.
Kirimanjeshwara is a small village near Kundapur on NH-17 (Panvel-Goa-Mangalore Coastal Highway) in the state of Karnataka. It is 22 km away from Kundapur and 60 km from Udupi. Kirimanjeshwara is famous for two of its temples - the Kirimanjeshwara Temple and the Agastyeshwara Temple, the latter named after the sage Agastya. Quite naturally, Kirimanjeshwara has been the centre of attraction for senior citizens, family travellers and pilgrims for a long time. The best part about it is that it can be visited throughout the year.
Places to Stay
Kirimanjeshwara is a small village that doesn’t have many hotels. However, visitors can travel a little far to Kundapur taluk that offers budget-friendly hotels like Sun Castle (Tariff - Rs. 2000 onwards).
The official language spoken in Kirimanjeshwara is Kannada.
Some of the popular festivals of Kirimanjeshwara are Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated in September, Dussehra celebrated in October-November and Deepavali celebrated in October-November every year.
Places of Interest
A hub of pilgrimage tourism, Kirimanjeshwara and Agastyeshwara Temples are the popular tourist destinations here.
How to Get There
Mangalore (100 km) and Hubli (268 km) are the two main airports situated at a distance from Kirimanjeshwara.
Kundapur happens to be the nearest railway station from Kirimanjeshwara.
The nearest bus stand to Kirimanjeshwara is the KSRTC Suburban Bus Stand which is located at Nilgiri Road, Mysore. Many private bus operators such as Sri Durgamba Travels and VRL Travels provide consistent service to Kirimanjeshwara. Travellers prefer getting to their desired holiday destination by a Volvo bus.