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.
Apanchayat town in Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka, Koppa is also referred to as the Kashmir of the state. The town is famous for Arecanut,coffee and Tea estates.The preferred Arabica and Robusta varieties of coffee are grown in this region. . Encircled by the Sahyadri Range of the Western GhatsKoppa is located at a height of 763 meters above sea level. Trekking is a major activity for tourists who visit this town.
Places to Stay
There are a good number of hotels in Koppa. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Hotel O.L.V Palace (Tariff-Rs.870) near the bus stand.
The annual religious festivals like Diwali, Ramzan, Christmas and Dussehra are celebrated here.
Kannada is the main language spoken in this town.
Places to Visit
The Hedase Shivapanchayat temple, the Uttameshwara temple, the KamandalaGanapathi Temple, the Tripatanki temple, and the JanardhanaSwamy temple are located within 2kms of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Mangalore (105kms).
The nearest railway station is at Kadur (37kms)
KoppaBus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like Sugama Tourists that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Online booking of bus tickets have made ticket booking very convenient