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 small town in the Yalaburga Taluk of the Koppal District, Kuknoor is renowned for its temples that were built during the Rastrakuta and Chalukya times. Believed to have been an important place during the mediaeval age, Kuknoor, is known for its rich heritage and grand temples and buildings that embody the famed Chalukya style architecture.
Places to Stay
Travellers travelling to Kuknoor can stay at the nearest district is Koppal where many affordable accommodations are available. Some of hotels include, Hotel Sarvesh(Tariff–Rs.1000 onwards), Hotel Lalith Mahal (Tariff–Rs.1154 onwards), Samartha Comforts Hotel (Tariff–Rs.1000 onwards)
The annual temple festivals are the chief attraction in the place.
The chief language spoken in the town is Kannada.
Places to Visit
The places to see in Kuknoor are the MahaMaya Temple, which is located in the middle of the town and the 9th century old Kannada inscription of Rashtrakutas that is well-preserved at the Navalinga templ.
How to Get There
The nearest major airport to Kuknoor is in Hubli.
The nearest railway station to Kuknoor is Koppal, which is located between Hubli and Guntakal.
The Kuknoor bus stand is situated at the center of town. Some of the prominent private bus operators include VRL Travels and SRS Travels. Today Volvo bus service has become very popular amongst travellers across India.