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.
Parkala is a suburb of Udupi city located east of Manipal in Udupi district of Karnataka. It is located along the banks of river Swarna and is dotted with paddy fields, coconut and arecanut plantations and forests. Gatson colony the most famous colony in Udupi is located in Parkala.
Places to Stay
Good budget accommodations are available in Udipi. Some of them are Hotel Big Boss (Tariff - Rs.500), Royal International Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 500), Green Park Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 1000)
Konkani, Tulu and Kannada are widely spoken here.
A popular market called the Santhe in local lingo is held every week.
Places to Visit
Parkala has ancient temples, a mosque, besides schools—one of them, the Basel Mission School, is more than 100 years old.
How to Get There
The nearest international airport is at Bajpe (60 kms) in Mangalore.
Parkala is connected by road and railway, the nearest railway station being the Udupi Railway Station (8 kms) on the Konkan Railway.
Parkala is connected by public and private transport to major cities in Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers traveling to Parkala include Sea Bird Travels SRS Travels and Neeta Travels. Booking bus tickets through ticketgoose.com is a hassle-free experience.