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.
Chingavanam is a very small city located in the South Indian state of Kerala, between the cities of Kottayam and Changanassery. Chingavanam forms a very beautiful picture when seen from a height or a mountain and it is a dream like place for all tourists.
Places to Stay
There are not many hotels present in Chingavanam. However, local homestays are available.
The official language of Chingavanam is Malayalam.
The important festival of Chingavanam is Aaraattu, a 10 day long festival which is celebrated in the auspiciousness of the local deity with great enthusiasm.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Chingavanam such as Changanassery (9.5 km from Chingavanam).
How to Get There
There is no airport at Chingavanam. One can reach Chingavanam by getting down at the Kochi International Airport and travelling by bus or taxi to Chingavanam.
Chingavanam has its own railway station which is about 20 km from the main city. People can reach the main city by getting down at the railway station and taking a Tonga or Auto from there.
You can take a bus from Chingavanam to the city of Kottayam, which is 11 km away. Private bus service agents like KP Travels, Bhagyashree Travels, etc also provide services. Bus booking online facility enables travellers to get to popular destinations without any hassle.