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.
Koppal is a newly formed district in the state of Karnataka in Bangalore which was carved from Raichur in the year 1998. Koppal is surrounded by Raichur in the east, Gadag in the west and Bellary in the south. The district headquarters is located near Hampi, at a distance of 44 km east.
Places to Stay
The Harsha International Hotel, Koppal (Tariff – Rs. 500). This is in close proximity to the railway station located around 1 km. Hotel Sreemata (Tariff – Rs. 450 onwards) is 1 km away from the Koppal railway station; Mayur Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 400 onwards)is also a good option.
The major events that Koppal has to offer are definitely worth the visit. Teacher’s Day in Koppal is celebrated with pomp and glory where teachers get respected and known for their hard work. Ganesh Chaturthi, which is also celebrated with splendour for 11 days, is a part of a major event. Paryushan Parva, which is celebrated from September 10-19, is a Jain festival and celebrated with fasting and meditation. Onam is celebrated in mid-September.
The official language of Koppal is Malayalam.
Places to Visit
The famous places which one can visit in Koppal are the Gavisiddeshwara Temple, Hulikere Lake, Koppal Fort, Huligemma Temple and many more.
How to Get There
The nearest major airport is Hubli airport at a distance of 123 km west.
The town has its own railway station in the form of Koppal Railway Station.
Buses are the most preferred modes of transport. Majority of the buses ply through Koppal, and the place also has a well known bus terminus, from where government and tourist buses depart. Buses are available from Bangalore, Bellary, Belgaum, Goa, Mysore and many more. Online bus booking in India makes it possible to book bus tickets without any hassle.