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.
Sirsi is the largest town located in North Kanara district of Karnataka. The town is famous as a hill station, surrounded by lush greenery and marvelous waterfalls. The cultivation of abundant adike (supari) or betel nut has made this place as one of the major trading centres of betel nut. The town is located at a distance of 105 km from Hubli and 25 km from Banavasi town.
Places to Stay
A number of hotels at reasonable prices are available in Sirsi. Some of them which are worth mentioning are Madhuvana Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400) and Samrat Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 300) among others.
The official language of Sirsi is Kannada.
The major events and festivals celebrated in Sirsi are Ugadi, observed in April; Deepavali in October-November, Ganesh Chaturthi in September-October, Karaga festival in March and others.
Places of Interest
There are many sightseeing locations available in Sirsi. The magnificent view of the Aghanashini river is a major attraction that draws many tourists to this place. The other important tourist destinations are the famous Marikamba temple of 16th century, Sahasralinga, Banavasi and Unchalli Falls.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Hubli Airport, located at a distance of 108 km from Sirsi.
The nearest railway station is the Kumta Railway Station located at a distance of 61 km from the main town.
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is the major bus service that plies between many places around the town. There are also many private bus operators such as VRL Travels, SRS Travels, Sugama Tourist among others. Online bus ticket booking is one of the easiest ways of booking your tickets