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 town in Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh,Mantralayamalso known as Manchale is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River on the borders of the statenear Karnataka. Mantralayam is well-known for the Vrindavanaof Guru Raghavendra Swami, a Madhwa saint.Every year Lakhs of devotees come here to have a glimpse of the Vrindavana.The village is always flocked by devotees and tourists from various parts of the world.
Places to Stay
There are a good number of hotels in Mantralayam. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Pavamana Udupi Residency, Pankaja Paradise and Kalpavruksha Lodgethat offers rooms starting from Rs.600 onwards.
Ugadi and Sankranthi are celebrated here.
Telugu is the local language here. Kannada is also spoken in this town
Places to Visit
The Raghavendra Temple, Vrindavana and the Manchalamma shrine are in the heart of the town. The other religious places nearby are the SriAppanacharya shrine (20kms) and the Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple and Bikshalaya (23kms)
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Bellary (105kms)
The town’s railway station is at Mantralaya Road (16kms)
MantralayamBus Stop runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators Greenline Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Several bus booking portals provide online bus booking offers to lure their customers.