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 major town in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, Tuni is well known for the export of mangoes. Nearly 250 varieties of mangoes are grown here. Also famous for betel leaves cultivation, cashew nuts and jute bags, Tuni is located close to Kummari Lova, a village that is known the ‘Panchasheela Buddhist Centre’ as five Buddhist ‘stupas’ were found here during recent archaeological excavations. The famous and one of the oldest sugar factories in the state, Tandava sugars is located in Tuni.
Places to Stay
There are many places in Tuni that offer affordable accommodation. Places like Geeta Lodge, Amrutha Lodge, Vijaya Lodge and Ravi Teja Lodge located within a 1km of the bus stand offer rooms form Rs.500 onwards.
All the annual religious festivals and temple festivals are celebrated here.
Telugu is the local language here.
Places to visit
Lord Satyanarayana Swamy in Annavaram (18kms), Sri Talupulamma Lova (4kms) and Pentakota lighthouse (11.5kms) are places to visit in the neighbouring towns.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Visakhapatnam (100kms).
Tuni has its own railway station.
Tuni bus stand connects the city to the neighbouring towns. There are many bus operators Kesineni Travels, Sree Kaleswari Travels, Navin Travels, Reddy Express, Sree Kaleswari Travels and Meghana Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. TicketGoose.com is one of the most popular online bus booking sites.