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 and a municipality in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh, Tadipatri/Tadpatri, which was also known Bhaskara Kshetra is famous for its purity of gold. To the south of the city lies a thick forest of palm trees. It is believed that the city got its name from Tatipatri which means garden of palm trees. The World famous Belum caves are located about 20kms from Tadpatri.
Places to Stay
Travellers can find affordable accommodation in Tadipatri. Hotel Annapurna Lodge, Hotel Narasimhulu and and Hotel Sri Gurudatta offer rooms from Rs.500-1000 onwards.
The annual temple festivals are popular in the city.
Telugu is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The two very famous temples Chintala Venkata Ramana Swamy temple and Bugga Rama Lingeswara Swamy temple are well within 0.5-1km of the city bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Puttaparthi Airport (86.65Kms).
Tadipatri Railway Station connects the city to neighbouring places.
TadipatriAPSRTC Bus Depot runs regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like Diwakar Travels and Veera Travels run regular buses to and from the town. There are a number of bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com from where you will get good offers and discounts while booking your tickets.