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.
Kurnool a city that is part of the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh lies on the banks of the Tungabhadra River and is the seventh most populated city in the state. The other rivers that flow through the city are Hundri and Neeva. Historically and architecturally rich, the place has a number of ancient temples, churches and mosque that attracts hordes of tourists.
Places to Stay
As the city attracts tourists across the year there are a wide variety of accommodation options available for tourists. Some of the places to stay are the Haritha Srisailam, Hotel Rajavihar Deluxe and The Mourya Inn, which offer rooms forRs.700 onwards.
All festivals are celebrated in this city.
Telugu is the language that is spoken predominantly; while Hindi and English is also common.
Places to Visit
Rich is history, Kurnool has a lot to offer tourists. Places to visit include the Ketavaram rock paintings, Jurreru Valley, Katavani Kunta and Yaganti, which dates back to 35,000 to 40,000 years. Fort Konda Reddy, Belum Caves, Orvakal Rock Formations, Naganandilingam-Nandyal, several ancient Hindu temples and 52 Dargahs are some of the places that lures tourists to this city every year. All these places are located at a distance of about 10-15kms from the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kurnool city is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, at Hyderabad, which is about three and half hours’ drive from the city.
Kurnool district has four railway stations; they are Kurnool city, Adoni, Nandyal and Dhone junction.
Kurnool has the third largest bus station in Andhra Pradesh after Hyderabad and Vijayawada. There are also many private bus operators such as Reddy Express Tours & Travels, Meghana Travels, Omer Travels, Geepee Travels that offers travel options to different destintaions in and out of Kurnool. Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.