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.
Tungabhadra Dam was constructed by Dr. Thirumalai Iyengar. It is built across River Tungabhadra, a tributary of River Krishna. The dam is located 5 km away from Hospet in the Bellary district of Karnataka. The dam was a joint project between the Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka states and is used for power generation and irrigation for over 2 million acres of agricultural land.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels and resorts near the Tungabhadra Dam. Some of the best budget hotels are Siddharth Residency, Hospet (Tariff – Rs. 800) and Malligi Hotel, Hospet (Tariff – Rs. 650).
Kannada and Telugu are the languages spoken by the locals.
Hampi Festival is a major festival celebrated in Hospet in the month of November every year.
Places of Interest
There are several tourist attractions close to the dam. They are Hampi (13 km away from Hospet), Virupaksha Temple (13 km away from Hospet), Japanese Garden, The Archaeological Museum (76 km away from Hospet) and Hazara Rama Temple (12 km away from Hospet).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Coimbatore Airport. It is located about 108 km away from the town.
Hospet is well-connected with Dindigul and Coimbatore. There are express trains from Hospet to Coimbatore.
There are daily bus services to Dindigul, Coimbatore, Madurai, Erode, Tirupur, Pollachi, Karur, Trichy, Chennai and Bangalore. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include ARC Travels, Hindusthan Travels and Joy Travels. Avail your bus ticket through online bus booking site and get a discount on your ticket.