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.
Manoor, a small coastal village in Karnataka’s Udupi district, is located near the Arabian Sea. There are beaches, backwaters and estuaries near this village which makes it a perfect getaway. Its district headquarters, Udupi, is 25 km away and Bangalore, its capital city, is 430 km away. This village is known for its scenic surroundings.
Places to Stay
Manoor does not provide hotel accommodation. Visitors to this village can book rooms in Udupi, which is nearby. Some of the budget hotel located here are Hotel Janardana (Tariff – Rs.751), Varsha Guest House (Tariff – Rs.449), Hotel Rukmini Residency (Tariff – Rs.650) and Hotel Sharada International (Tariff – Rs.607).
The languages spoken in Manoor are Tulu, Konkani, Beary Bashe and Kannada.
The most important festivals celebrated here are Makar Sankranti in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Holi in March, Krishna Janmashtami in August, Navratri in September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions in and around Manoor. These places include Udupi (25 km), Hoovina Kere (4 km), Padukere Beach (4 km), Beejadi Beach (5 km), Kundapur Backwater (11 km), Gangolii Estuary (14 km) and Krishna Mutt 9 km away from this area.
How to Get There
Mangalore Airport, which is 77 km away from Manoor, is the nearest one from the village.
Udupi Railway Station, which is 29 km away from this village, is the nearest and major railhead.
There are regular bus trips from nearby villages to this region. Private bus operators such as Sri Durgamba Travels run buses daily from Mangalore to Manoor. Travel websites offer discount on bus ticket booking, especially during the festive season.