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.
Categorised under the Kumta taluk of Karnataka, Mirjan belongs to the Belgaum division of the state. Located in the Uttar Kannad district, it is situated at a distance of 445 km from the state capital of Bangalore. Due to its proximity to the Arabian Sea, the weather is humid in this region. Sirsi, Karwar, Sagar and Curchorem Cacora are the cities near Mirjan.
Places to Stay
Mirjan doesn’t have good accommodation options. So it is recommended that tourists opt for hotels in Gokarna instead. Some of the hotels in Gokarna are Hotel Gokarna International (Rs 300), Makara Village Resort (Rs 1000) and Om Hotel (Rs 300) among others.
The official language of Mirjan is Kannada. The other languages spoken here include Konkani and Marathi.
Holi in March and Diwali in November are celebrated with great fervour here.
Places of Interest
Some tourist spots in and around Mirjan are Mirjan Fort, Gokarna (15 km from Mirjan), Yana (20 km from Mirjan) and Karwar (53 km from Mirjan).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Dabolim Airport, which is 132 km away.
The nearest major railway station is Madgaon Junction, which is 111 km away.
Mirjan has a bus stand of its own with buses plying to nearby places such as Gokarna and Bangalore. Apart from state run buses, private operators such as Sugam Tourists ply on this route. Several discounts on bus tickets are available online which you can avail of while booking your tickets.