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.
Porumamilla is an agriculture-based town in the YSR district of Andhra Pradesh. The place gets its name from the Mahabharata era when a massive war took place between Bheema and Bhakasura. The word ‘war’ in Telugu is ‘poru’. Hence the name Porumamilla was coined. Porumamilla is famous for its sona masoori rice called ‘sanna biyyam’ in the local language. Brick making is a popular industry here. Porumamilla has a large number of schools, colleges, hospitals and temples. Road is the most convenient way to reach Porumamilla.
Places to Stay
There are local homestays available at Porumamilla.
The official language of Porumamilla is Telugu. An alternative spoken language is Urdu.
Maha Shivarathri (February), Dussehra (October), Moharram (November) and Christmas (December) are the major festivals that are celebrated in Porumamilla every year.
Places of Interest
Cuddapah, Nellore, Kurnool, Puttaparthi and Srisailam are some good tourist destinations located close to Porumamilla.
How to Get There
Tirupati Airport (183 km away) is the nearest airport to Porumamilla.
Giddalur Railway Station (46 km away) is the nearest railway station to Porumamilla.
The nearby town Cuddapah is well-connected by road. Badvel Bus Stop (30 km away) is the nearest bus stop to Porumamilla. Meghana Travels, Rukmini Travels, Sri Vinayaka Travel Agencies, Raja Travels Hyderabad are some of the major bus operators that provide good services. Booking a bus ticket in advance will save you a lot of hassle.