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.
Mavingundi, a small village in Karnataka’s Uttar Kannada district, is known for its waterfalls near the Gersoppa Dam. This region is famous for its waterfalls, rivers, reservoirs and dams; the famous one being the Jog falls. Its district headquarters is 93 km away and its capital, Bangalore, is 383 km from here.
Places to Stay
There are no hotels in Mavingundi. Bhatkal which is 86 km away from this village provides good budget hotels. Two such hotels are Hotel Kola Paradise (Tariff – Rs.393) and Central Lodge (Tariff – Rs.295).
The languages spoken in Mavingundi are Kannada and Konkani.
The important festivals celebrated in Mavingundi are Maha Shivratri in February, Ugadi in March, Ganesh Chaturthi in September, Navaratri in September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions around Mavingundi. These include Jog Falls (3 km), Gersoppa Reservoir (20 km), Talaguppa (14 km), Husur Lake (9 km), Kargal (11 km) and Siddapur (16 km) away from this village.
How to Get There
Hubli Airport is the nearest airport, which is 162 km away from Mavingundi.
There is no railway station in Mavingundi. The nearest railway station is the Talguppa Railway Station, which is 15 km away from this area.
There is a good network of buses from the two nearby towns of Sagar and Sirsi. Private bus operators such as SRS Travels have daily bus trips from Bangalore to Mavingundi. The number of bus booking sites is increasing by the day. So, whenever you want to book your tickets online log on to anyone of them and get your tickets.