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.
Chemperi is a small town in the Kannur district of north Kerala. It is an educational hub for the people of Kannur district. Chemperi is famous for the production and export of rubber and spices. It is situated on the banks of the river Chemperi and is a beautiful, scenic town with many small streams. The town has more recently become a local business hub, with people migrating from all parts of Kerala to this region.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Chemperi like Hotel Soorya (Tariff – Rs750), Hotel Cetral Avenue (Tariff – Rs2000), and Paithalmala Hill View Resorts (Tariff – Rs1500).
The official language spoken in Chemperi is Malayalam. Hindi is spoken by few people.
Theyyam and Kottiyoor are two major festivals celebrated in the Kannur district. Kottiyoor festival is a 28 day long festival held in the months of May and June.
Places of Interest
Paithal mala is a good attraction in Chemperi and is great place to visit all year round. It is 4500 metres above sea level and is ideal for trekkers and hikers.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Chemperi is Kannur International Airport (45km) and is still under construction.
The closest station is the Kannur railway station (45km) and has trains connecting to all other parts of India.
Chemperi has a great network of roads connecting it to Iritty, Taliparamba, Vaithalmala, and Kudianmala. The closest bus stand is the Kannur Central Bus Terminus and is the biggest bust station in Kerala. KSRTC, Kalpaka Travels, and Golden travels are some of the popular bus operators. Ticketgoose.com often gives out bus ticket coupons for its customers.