The town of Kanigiri in Andhra Pradesh holds tremendous historical significance. The word Kanigiri is composed of two Sanskrit words namely Kani, which means 'to see' and Giri meaning 'hill'. Located close to the coast of the Bay of Bengal, it was once the capital city of the kingdom ruled by Katama Raju. Surrounded by the Eastern Ghats, Kanigiri was once called Kanakapatnam.
Places to Stay
There are quite a few hotels in Kanigiri. Some of them are Swarna Palace, Sri Balaji Residency, Kapila Lodge and Asritha Lodge.
The official language spoken in Kanigiri is Telugu. However, Hindi and Tamil are also spoken here.
Onam in the month of February is celebrated with great fervour by the locals.
Places of Interest
Sri Venkateswara Swami Devalayam, Sivalayam, Aksa Mosque and Kanigiri Durgam Baptist Church are some of the places that are a must see.
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Kanigiri is situated at Vijayawada, which is 200 km away.
The nearest major railway station from Kanigiri is at Nellore, which is 131 km away.
Kanigiri has a bus depot with buses from Kanigiri connecting to major cities such as Chennai and Hyderabad. Bus operators such as Meghana Travels and Raja Travels ply on this route and offer good experience for passengers. Bus ticket booking has become very convenient with online bus reservation facility.
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.