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.
Kudremukh a mountainous region in Karnataka’s Chikmagalur district got its name from Kudre, meaning horse and mukha, which means face. There is a scenic mountain which looks like a horse face, hence the locals named it Kudremukh. This region is untouched and sought after by many eco-tourists, as it has many natural wonders to explore. This picturesque forest range is home to endangered animals and birds. There is also a wide range of exotic flora in the region. The best time to visit Kudremukh is between October and May.
Places to Stay
Those wishing to visit Kudremukh can avail of the accommodation provided by the government. However, it is advisable to book the accommodation well in advance. Chikmagalur, located at a distance of 109 km, has a number of budget hotels, which are worth trying. Hotel Rajmahal (Tariff – Rs.470), The Planters Court Hotel (Tariff – Rs.995) and Soundarya Residency (Tariff – Rs.613) are some options for you.
The language spoken here is Kannada.
The festivals celebrated in Kudremukh are Maha Shivratri in February, Ugadi in March, Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Dussehra in September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Kudremukh is famous for its sightseeing locations. These are Hanumana Gundi Waterfalls (19 km), Lakya Dam Lake (6 km), Lakya Tailing Pond (5 km) and Kudremukh Range (30 km).
How to Get There
Mangalore Airport, which is 95 km away from Kudremukh, is the nearest airport.
There is no railway station in Kudremukh. Mangalore Railway station, which is around 102 km away from Kudremukh, is the nearest railway station.
Kudremukh is well connected by both state-run and private buses from various cities and towns. KSRTC runs buses to this region from all major cities. TicketGoose.com is a well-known online bus booking site of India where you can book bus tickets to more than 4,000 destinations.