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.
Eachur (also known as ‘Aechur’) is town that is situated 10 km away from the Kannur district of Kerala on the Kannur-Mysore highway. Eachur has a history that goes back to the 10th century. Its history is reflected in the many beautiful temples that are present in the area. The Eachur Kottam is one of the more popular ones. Eachur is well connected to the rest of India by rail, road and air.
Places to Stay
Eachur does not have many hotels but there are several local homestays available. Budget-frindly hotels are available in Kannur. These include K.K. Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs. 693), Meredian Palace (Tariff – Rs. 944 onwards) and Sky Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1293.)
The official language of Eachur is Malayalam. English is also spoken here.
Some of the festivals that are celebrated annually in Eachur are Muthappan theyyam (April) and Onam.
Places of Interest
Some of the popular tourist venues in Eachur are the Chovva Mahadeva temple (7 km away) and the Payyambalam Beach (11 km away.) Parassinikkadavu is another tourist spot that is 20 km away from the Kannur Bus stand.
How to Get There
The airport nearest to Eachur is the Kannur airport which is about 15 km away.
The Kannur railway station is the closest to Eachur. The Mysore railway station is an important station that has trains that connect Eachur and most cities in Tamil Nadu.
There are frequent bus services that ply from Eachur to places such as Bangalore. The bus operators that run buses to Eachur are Sai Ratna Tours & Travels, P K Travels and Golden Travels. Get online bus tickets to more than 4,000 destinations by logging on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking website of India