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.
Kumta, a coastal town in Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district is the perfect weekend getaway. Tourists can come and explore the beaches. This is a must-visit destination for those who enjoy marine life and for nature photographers. There are many attractions such as beaches, forts, dams and waterfalls in the nearby areas. The best time to visit Kumta is during the summer.
Budget Hotels in Kumta
There are many hotels providing reasonable charges for travellers to Kumta. One such budget hotel is Hotel Pandurang International (Tariff – Rs.818).
The languages spoken in Kumta are Konkani, Marathi and Kannada.
Events in Kumta
The important festivals in Kumta are Maha Shivratri in February, Holi in March, Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Dussehra in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places to See in Kumta
Kumta has many tourist attractions in and around its town. These places are Kumta Beach (4 km), Vannalli Beach (5 km), Kadle Beach (6 km), Mirjan Fort (12 km), River Aghanashini (19 km), River Aghanashini Estuary (18 km), Gokarna (32 km), Honnavar (20 km) and Kasarkod Beach (23 km) away from Kumta.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Goa International Airport, which is 165 km away from Kumta.
Kumta Railway Station is just a kilometer away from the main town centre that connects Kumta to all major railway stations.
Kumta is regularly busy with state-run and private buses from neighbouring cities. Shreekumar Travels, SRS Travels, VRL Travels and Seabird Tourists are some of the private bus operators that run daily buses from Bangalore and Pune to Kumta. Making use of bus booking online offers are the best way to save money while travelling.