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.
Mandarthi is 25 km away from Udupi in Karnataka. Mandarthi owes its name to the Kannada word ‘Manda-Aarathi' which means ‘the holy light.’ The Sri Durgaparameshwari temple is in Mandarthi. Durga holds a prominent place in the hearts of the people of Mandarthi. There are many folk traditions such as walking on fire and animal sacrifices take place here during festivals. From June to September, Mandarthi gets average to heavy rainfall.
Places to Stay
Mandarthi does not have many hotels. However local homestays are available here. Udupi has several hotels such as Hotel Udupi (Tariff - Rs. 1470) and Sharada International (Tariff – Rs. 1100.)
The widely spoken official language in Mandarthi is Kannada.
Navaratri is among one of the more popular festivals of Mandarthi. It is celebrated on a grand scale for a nine-day period every year in October.
Places of Interest
Though Sri Durgaparameshwari temple happens to be the main tourist attraction in Mandarthi, the Jogi Gundi Falls (40 km) and the Marvanthe beach (34 km) are also good tourist spots.
How to Get There
Mandarthi does not have its own airport. The Mangalore airport is 85 km away.
Mandarthi has no train station, the Udupi railway station is 25 km away, Kundapura is 35 km away. Barkur is the nearest station (8 km) but there are a limited number of trains stopping there.
Private bus operators prove to be a good choice for road travel from Mandarthi to Bangalore. Mandarthi is the nearest bus stop to Durgaparameshwari temple. Some of the major private bus operators plying to Mandarthi from Bangalore are Durgamba Motors, Sugama Tourist and Pragathi Tourist Corporation. Making use of bus ticket booking discount can help you save money while travelling. Look out for such offers at Ticketgoose.com.