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 village in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, Kollur or Kolluru, is located at the bank of the Krishna River. Now famous for its bricks, Kollur was once famous for its diamonds during the Krishnadevaraya period. The world famous ‘Kohinoor’ diamond is believed to have been found in Kollur. Just 4kms aways from Krishna River, today the people in Kollur thrive on agriculture and brick making. Bricks manufactured in this village are sent across the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Places to Stay
Being a pilgrim center there are many places to stay in Kollur. Beena Residency (Tariff-Rs1000 onwards) is a favourite among tourist.
The temple festivals in this village bring in tourists from across the state.
Telugu is the main language used for communication.
Places to Visit
The Brahmam Gari Temple, Sivalayam and Vishnalayam located at a distance of 1km from the bus stand are the temples that people can visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Vijayawada and Gannavaram.
The nearest railway station to Kollur is Guntur and Tenali.
APSRTC run numerous buses that connects Kollur to Tenali and Guntur. There are also private bus operators like SVR Tours & Travels and Morning Star Travels who run services in Kollur. When you make use of your bus ticket discount coupon from various travel websites, you can save a lot of money.