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.
Chala is a small town in the Kannur District in Kerala. It is situated about 8 km away from Kannur Town and Payyannur(16 km) is the nearest town which has a railway station. Chala is centrally located as it lies on Kannu-Tellichery National Highway. As with most places in the state of Kerala, Chala has a high literacy rate of 83%. The population of Chala is about 16000, according to the 2001 Census.
Places to Stay
Although there no hotels in Chala itself, there are a few budget hotels in the Kannur Town including the Royal Omars (Tariff – Rs. 1318,) Tamarind KTDC Easy Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1250) and Palmgrove Heritage Retreat (Tariff – Rs. 1066).
The official language of Chala is Malayalam, English is also spoken here.
Festivals that are important to the people of Chala are Onam and Deepavali.
Places of Interest
There are several places that are considered to be tourist attractions in and around Chala. Ezhimala (46 km) is an ancient site that was the capital of the prosperous Mooshika Kings. The Arimala Wildlife Sanctuary which has its entrance at Iritty (63 km) is 55 km of unadulterated forest life. Kannur Town (8km) has a number of beaches that are popular with tourists. Chala also has a number of small temples for those who are interested.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Chala is the Calicut International Airport. It is about 133 km away from the town.
The nearest railway station to Chala is Payannur (16 kms). It has trains running to several major cities such as Mangalore, Trivandrum and Calicut.
There are daily bus services to Bangalore and other places in Kerala and Karnataka. The best bus operator is considered to be Golden Travels. Online bus tickets are available on a number of bus booking websites which has made it easy for travellers to confirm their tickets.