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 city in Shivamogga District in central Karnataka, Shimoga (Shivamogga in Kannada), situated on the banks of the Tunga River is considered "Rice Bowl" of the State. Dotted with paddy fields, arecanut and coconut groves, Shimoga’s location makes it gateway to the hilly regions of the Western Ghats, hence the city is popularly known as "Capital of Malnad". Waterfalls, swaying palms and lush paddy fields make this city one of the most picturesque locations in the state.
Budget Hotels in Shimoga
Shimoga has a wide variety of accommodation options near the bus stand. Some of them are Royal Orchid Central (Tariif-Rs. 2,308), Surya Comforts (2kms from Bus Stand Tariff-Rs. 539) and Hotel Navaratna International (Tariif-Rs. 400).
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Events in Shimoga
Other annual religious festivals, the Marikamba festival is celebrated in Sagar every year and also the Fireflies Festival of Sacred Music.
Places to See in Shimoga
There are great many places near Ssimoga that attracts tourists. The places reasonably close to the bus stand include Shivappa Nayaka Palace (1kms), Gajanur dam (15 kms) and Koodli (15 kms) is the place where the Tungaa and Bhadraa rivers meet.
How to Get There
While Mangalore (180 km) is the nearest airport in the city, Shimoga Airport (Opening Dec 2013) is currently under construction in Sogane (6kms)
Shimoga has its own railway station.
Shimoga Bus Terminal connects the city to other neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like SRE Travels, Varalakshmi Tours & Travels and SRS Travels run regular buses to and from Shimoga. If you are booking bus tickets online through ticketgoose.com you can travel hassle-free to anywhere in India.