The city of Bangalore is India’s third largest city and the state capital of Karnataka, known for being a modern, cosmopolitan metropolis at the helm of the country’s IT-boom. Bangalore is a shopper’s haven overrun with big malls and shopping districts, as well as a food lover’s paradise with one of the highest concentrations of places to eat in the continent. Spotted with parks and natural lakes, Bangalore is alternately known as ‘The Garden City of India.’ Recently voted as the most livable metro in the country, Bangalore is known as‘Pensioner’s Paradise’ on the one hand and as ‘Start-up City,’ on the other, attracting youth from across the world with its trending markets and rapid availability of jobs. With Bangalore’s ever-doubling IT infrastructure, it is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of India.
Another aspect of Bangalore is soaked in the history of bygone, ancient cultures. Bangalore has been peopled for up to 3000 years, bearing megalithic monuments that treasure its rich past. Bangalore, as we know it today, was established in 1537 by KempeGowda I, who constructed a well-planned city within an oval mud fort in the area that is today known as City Market. Gradually, Bangalore grew into a commercial center and a chief part of the silk industry. Over successive centuries the Marathas, Mughals, Wodeyars and the Mysore Sultanate, all did their bit to develop the city further. In 1809 the British set up a cantonment in Bangalore, drawn by its pleasant weather and central location.
The earliest recorded usage of the name Bengaluru is found in today’s ‘Old Bangalore,’ in a 9th century temple. According to legend, King ViraBallala was once lost in the jungles that once overran these parts. He was wandering, tired and hungry, when an old woman revived him with her hospitality and a plate of boiled beans. Out of gratitude the King consequently named the area ‘Benda KaaluUru’ (Town of Boiled Beans). It was only in 1831, when the British seized Mysore from the ruling Wodeyars that the capital was shifted to Bangalore. The anglicization of Bengaluru turned it into Bangalore until it was recently reverted back to its original.
Although Bangalore is not a popular tourist destination, there are many sites worth taking a tour of. The legislative House of Karnataka, VidhanaSoudha, is one of the Chief attractions of Bangalore. It was built during the 1950s using granite in a neo-Dravidian style of architecture. Other places of historical interest include the Bangalore Palace, constructed by the Mysore Maharajahs and Tipu Sultan’s Palace, built around 1790 as Tipu’s summer retreat.
A tour of Bangalore must also include Lalbagh Botanical Gardens- built by Hyder Ali in 1760, and the Bannerghatta National Park- a 25,000-acre zoological park one and a half hours away from Bangalore City. Educational tours of Bangalore may include the Vishweshwaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum, the State Archaeological Museum, the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, the Venkatappa Art Gallery and the Karnataka ChitrakalaParishad. Religious tours of Bangalore cover the Bull Temple in Basavanagudi, the Maha Bodhi Society Temple- a replica of the Bodh Gaya Stupa, the ISCKON temple, the Maruthi Temple, the GaviGangadeshwara Cave Temple as well as many other temples, mosques and churches of historic significance.
Due to an average elevation of 920 meters above the sea level, Bangalore enjoys a cool climate throughout the year. Although summers can get hot with dry heat waves, it seldom exceeds 35 degrees Celsius and hovers around a mean temperature of 24 degrees Celsius.
Sri Durgamba Travels takes you to the Bhatkal is a port town in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, India. The town lies on NH-17 running between Mumbai and Mangalore. Bhatkal is one of the major stations along the Konkan Railway line running between Mumbai and Mangalore.The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport.
Bhatkal is an old port town located in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. It is situated 130 km from Karwar and 145 km from Mangalore, in the midst of the Western Ghats, sharing its boundary with Arabian Sea. It was the main port during the Vijayanagar kingdom in the 16th century and is famous for Jain Chandranath Basadi and a temple dating back to the Vijaynagar kingdom. The temple is worth a visit due to the intricate classical carvings in Vijayanagar style. A holiday experience here includes serene blue sea, white sand beaches, medieval monuments and archeological treasures.
SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS in Bhatkal
There is a lot to do in Bhatkal, from spending the day basking in the sun on the unspoiled beautiful beaches, to visiting the elegant mosques, with classical architecture especially Jamia Masjid, Sultani Masjid, Noor Masjid and Khalifa Masjid which date back to a few centuries. The Kethapayya Narayan temple in Mud Bhatkal is the best example of its rich heritage while the Jain Chandranath Basadi and Parshwanath Jain Basadi on the Main Bazar Road, are ancient structures that have stood the ravages of time.
Bhatkal Town is Situtated around 130 Kms from Karwar and about 147 Kms from Mangalore on NH-17. This Town is located in the midst of Western Ghats which has an coastal line covered by the Arabian Sea. This Town has a boundary of 5.23 Kms and is famous for Imported Goods. The total population of this Town is 31,774. Though it is a small Town, it is well developed by the projects under taken by KUIDFC. Bhatkal is famous for Ancient Monuments like Chinnadapalli, an Mosque, Sultan palli, Chandranath Basadi, Basti, and a beautiful sight of Kadavinakatta dam built across Venkatapur river. Since this is an coastal town we can also enjoy the sight-seen of sea shore along with lighthouse.