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.
The village of Kotekar is located the Mangalore Taluka of the Dakshin Kannad District of Karnataka. It belongs to Mysore division. It is located 347 km from Bangalore. Dharamsthala, Karkal, and Udupi are a few nearby tourist destinations. Kasargod also lies at a distance of just 50 km.
Places to Stay
There are many comfortable and inexpensive hotels around Kotekar, mostly in Mangalore city. Two good recommendations are Ginger Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 3000) and Hotel Pooja International (Tariff - Rs. 2000).
Tulu is the local language here. Kannada, Konkani, and Beary Bashe are also spoken here.
The two main festivals of the village are Navarattri and Shivarathriand are celebrated with great pomp. The Mahashivarathri is held in Feb-Mar.
Places of Interest
The city of Mangalore is just 5 km away from the village of Kotekar. The Mangalore beach and Kudroli Gokarnath temple are must visit. Kadri Hill Park, Milagres Church, Lighthouse Hill Garden, Sultan Battery, and Mangala Devi Temple are other well-known spots in 5 km radius from Kotekar.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kotekar is the Mangalore Airport in Bajpe (8 km).
The Mangalore railway station (6km) is the nearest major railway station to Kotekar.
There are daily bus services from Bangalore, Mangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Karkala, Udupi, and Kasargod. There are different categories to choose from such as A/C, Non-A/C, Sleeper and Seated buses depending upon the time and distance of the journey. Some of the leading bus operators are Sugama tours and Durgamba motors. Booking bus tickets online is very convenient as you can book from the confines of your home.