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 village located in the Sandur taluk of Bellary district of Karnataka, Toranagallu or Toranagal is very close to a district in Andhra Pradesh. The many industries in the village have resulted in a diverse culture with people from different parts of the country working here. Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, mining and small scale industries in the region provides opportunities for people in this village and surrounding regions. The hill lock within the village offers a great aerial view of the surrounding regions.
Places to Stay
There are many places in Toranagallu that offer affordable accommodation. Rock Regency Hotel, Toranagallu (Tariff-Rs.800- 1,400) located within a 1km of the bus stand offers great accommodation options.
All the annual religious festivals like Sankranthi, Diwali, Navrathri and temple festivals are celebrated here.
Kannada and Telugu is spoken widely here.
Places to Visit
The Daroji Lake located 2kms from the Toranagallu Village and the Hankaralinga Gudda (a small hillock that has a Shiva temple) is popular leisure destination here.
How to Get There
Toranagallu has an airstrip maintained by JSW. The other airport nearby is at Bellary (24kms).
Toranagallu has its own railway station.
Toranagallu bus stand connects the city to the neighbouring towns. There are great bus operators Diwakar Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the village. Utilising bus ticket online offer from travel websites can save you a lot of money.