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.
Coimbatore is one of the fastest growing tier-II cities in India and this large metropolitan city is known for being the textile, industrial, commercial, educational, information technology, healthcare and manufacturing hub of Tamil Nadu. Considered to have existed before the 2nd Century AD, Coimbatore had once been a small village called Kongunad. Known for its flourishing agriculture business and textile mills, Coimbatore is currently an upcoming Information Technology Hub of Tamil Nadu. This city is also referred to as the "Manchester Detroit of Southern India". Coimbatore is surrounded by the Western Ghats and is positioned on the banks of the Noyyal River.
Budget Hotels in Coimbatore
There are great hotels near the bus stand in Coimbatore. They are Hotel Sree Murugan (Tariff – Rs. 1,685) and Metro Park Inn (Tariff – Rs. 2,150).
Tamil is the local language in Coimbatore. There are many inhabitants from other states settled in this cosmopolitan state and the languages spoken include English, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada.
Events in Coimbatore
The Mariamman festival is a major event in summer and also the Koniamman temple car festival attracts a lot of populace to the city.
Places to See in Coimbatore
Lot of people visit Coimbatore for its pleasant weather and hospitality. The interesting tourist spots include Kovai Kutralam falls (35 kms from the city), Vydehi Water falls(35 km),Monkey falls(75 km), Malampuzha dam(60km), Thirumurthy waterfalls(90 km),Bhavani Sagar(55km).Dhyanalinga Yogic temple & Isha Yoga centre (35 km), Vellingiri hill temple(37 km), Marudhamali Hill Temple(13 km from Gandhipuram BS), and Vydehi Water falls(35 km).
How to Get There
Coimbatore International Airport is located at Peelamedu (15 kms) from the city. The Coimbatore International Airport offers domestic flights to major Indian cities, while international flight services are only limited to Sharjah and Singapore.
Coimbatore Junction is also referred to as Kovai Junction. This major railway junction is the busiest railway station in Tamil Nadu. Many trains from different states connect via Coimbatore Junction.
Currently there are 3 mofussil bus stands at Gandhipuram, Singanallur and at Ukkadam. Besides these, the Government bus stand and Town Bus Stand is also situated at Gandhipuram. The three leading bus operators which include KPN Travels, KMP Travels and Kings Travels. Book a bus ticket online and travel hassle free without standing in serpentine queues.