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.
Singarayakonda is a small Indian town located in the Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh. This town lies at a height of 49 above sea-level. It is on National Highway 5. Singarayakonda is well-connected with Chennai and Vijayawada by a railway line and is the most important contributor in terms of revenue to the South Central Railway in this district. Singarayakonda also serves as one of the main centres for transportation for nearby villages.
Places to Stay
There are budget hotels as well as luxury hotels in Singarayakonda. A few of them include Hotel MGM Grand (Tariff – Rs. 2000), Marg Krishnayya (Tariff – Rs. 3000) and the Gateway Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 3000).
The official language spoken in Singarayakonda is Telugu. The other languages spoken in the area include Tamil, Kannada and English.
Singarakonda Tirunalla is a local festival which is celebrated annually in March. This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and people from nearby towns participate in it as well.
Places of Interest
There are many places in Singarayakonda that tourists can visit. These include, the Lord Vraha Narsimha temple, the Yoga Narsimha temple, the Prasannajaneya temple and the Aiyappa Swami Temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Singarayakonda is the Cuddapah airport which is about 158 km away from the town.
Singarayakonda has its own railway station and the town is well-connected to Chennai, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Bangalore and other major cities of India via rail.
There are daily bus services to Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Tirupati from Singarayakonda. A few bus operators that provide excellent services include Kaveri Kamakshi Travels and VV Vinayaka Travels. Travelling by bus has become easier these days as you can easily book a bus ticket online.