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.
Saundatti is a town based in Belgaum district in Karnataka State. It is situated 89 km from Belgaum and 355 km from Bangalore. It also goes by the name of Savadatti. The village is very famous for its traditional and antique temple and forts and is said to be a very old and historic place. Mudalgi, Terdal, Sadalgi and Gokak are the cities close to Saundatti.
Places to Stay
Hotels are plenty in Dharwad which is close by. The include Central Park (Tariff - Rs. 500), Indraprastha Residency Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 800), Mandar Regency Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 900 onwards) and Mayur Aaditya Resort (Tariff - Rs. 2500 onwards).
The languages spoken in Saundatti are Kannada, Marathi, Hindi and English.
The festivals celebrated in Saundatti are Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali and Dussehra.
Places of Interest
Saundatti has several tourist destinations like Saundatti Fort, Renuka Sagara, Yallammagudda, Navilatirtha, Shirasangi Shri Kalika Devi Temple, Puradeshwara Temple, Ankleshwara Temple, Nagarkere Temple and Veerbhadra Temple. Other interesting towns close by are Kolhapur (67 km), Panhala (87 km), Amboli (112 km) and Nersa (119 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Kolhapur Airport. It is located about 67 km away from the town.
Ugar Khurd and Raybag are the nearby railway stations. The major railway station is Sangali railway station, located 50 km from Saundatti.
The nearby towns like Raybag, Terdal, Chikodi are linked with Saundatti through the NWKSRTC bus service. Private operators like SRS Travels, VRL Travels also provides bus services to Saundatti from Bangalore. Through bus booking offers you can get a lot of discount while booking your tickets.