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.
Thallur is a small village located in Kanigiri Mandal in the Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh. It lies 5 km west of the district headquarters, Ongole. The village is situated 14 km from the nearby taluk of Kanigiri and 296 km from Hyderabad.
Places to Stay
There are a number of budget hotel and lodges around the village of Thallur, especially in Kandukur, which is the nearest town. Some of them are Masthan Military lodge (Tariff - Rs. 1000) and Hotel Aditya Grand (Tariff - Rs. 1000).
The local spoken language in the village of Thallur is Telugu.
A popular Hindu temple is nestled on the Nallamala hills, which lies on the southern banks of the river Krishna. It lies at a distance of about 130 kms from the village of Thallur. Mahashivratri which takes place in the month of February – March is celebrated here.
Places of Interest
There are a number of places worth visiting in and around the village of Thallur. Some of the major tourism sights and destinations are Kanigiri (13 km), Marripudi (17 km) and Ponnaluru (25 km).
How to Get There
The major airport in this region is the Vijayawada airport, 200 km away.
There is no railway station at Thallur. One can catch the train at Cumbum, 79 km away.
There are daily bus services from several towns in Andhra Pradesh to Thallur. Comfortable and luxurious Volvo buses operate daily. The leading bus operators who offer efficient services are being Durgamba Motors and Sugama Tourists. For online bus booking, log on to Ticketgoose.com and get your tickets.