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.
Varanga is a small town located on the way between Agumbe and Karkalla in Udupi district in Karnataka. It is 26 km from Karkalla. The town is home to many Jain temples or Basadis as they are locally called. The town is visited by people from nearby cities for its main attractions and temples.
Places to Stay
There are no hotels in Varanga; however there are plenty of hotels in nearby Karkala and Udupi. Some of the good budget hotels in Karkala include Hotel Prakash (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Hotel Century Executive (Tariff – Rs. 1500).
The official language of Varanga is Tulu. The other languages spoken here are Kannada and Konkani.
The main festivals celebrated with fervour by the residents of Varanga are Holi, Krishna Janamashtami, Dusshera, and Deepavali.
Places of Interest
There are three main places of tourist attraction in Varanga. These places are Neminatha Basadi, Kere Basadi, and Chandranatha Basadi.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Varanga is the Mangalore International Airport.
Udupi Railway station is the nearest station for trains that connect Varanga to other cities in India. It has frequent trains connecting it to Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, and Mumbai.
There are daily bus services to Bengaluru, Mangalore, Shimoga, Mysore, and Sringeri. Some of the best bus operator that offers good experience for passengers is Sugama Tourists. Avail of online bus tickets through Ticketgoose.com when plan your holiday.