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.
Nittur village is located in the Taluk of Hosangara in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. The village is in the midst of dense forests on the state highway that leads from Shimoga to Kollur. Nittur has a rich heritage, culture and has a reservoir of natural beauty. Nittur lies at a high altitude of 2582 m. It has
remained a popular tourist attraction for trekkers and climbers around the world.
Places to Stay
There are comfortable and affordable hotels near Nittur. There are homestays available in the village. Hotel accommodation can be found in Tumkur, Nrityagram, Hesarghatta and Shivgange.
Being located in Karnataka, the official language of Nittur is Kannada. Hindi is also understood by the people here.
The ‘Kuvempu Rangamandira’ and ‘Karnataka Sangha’ of Nittur are known as the centres for cultural activities. Yakshagana is a popular dance form that is practiced by some artistes from Nittur. Festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Shankranti and Krishnajanmashtami are celebrated in this region.
Places of Interest
There are several places that can be visited by tourists and one of the most popular attractions is Kodachadri peak. Nittur is the starting point for trekkers going towards the Kodachadri peak. The closest tourist attraction to Nittur is Tumkur. Shivgange, Nrityagram and Hesaraghatta are other places that can be visited.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Bangalore airport which is at a distance of approximately 96 km.
The closest railway station is Tumkur which is at a distance of 13 km from it.
There are direct bus services from Bangalore, Shimoga and Tumkur to Nittur. Air conditioned Volvo buses are available from Bangalore. Book a bus ticket online and travel hassle free without standing in serpentine queues.