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 small town in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh,Palamaner or Palamaneru is located on the National Highway 4 which connects Bangalore and Chennai. The town is surrounded by valleys, hills, waterfalls and forests.The forests in this town have been declared an elephant sanctuary (Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary). An important educational centre, the town is also well-known for its dairy and poultry farming andterracotta art pottery.
Places to Stay
There are not many of hotels in Palamaner. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Hotel Nandi in Chittoor that offers room from Rs.500 onwards.
Sankranth,Ugadi Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Telugu is the local language here.
Places to Visit
Places to visit near the bus stand includes the Kaigal Water Falls (20kms), KalyanaRevu lake (7kms), KonetiRayalaSwamy Temple (8kms) and VaradarajaSwamy Temple in Kurmai(4 kms)
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Tirupati(112kms)
The nearest railway station is at Gudiyattam (39kms)
PalamanerBus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like Diwakar Travels and Kesineni Travels that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Travellers prefer to opt for online booking of bus tickets as they can comfortably get their tickets from the confines of their homes or offices.