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.
A village in the Kollam district of Kerala, Edamon is located 8km away from Punalur, the nearest major town via NH 208. Punalur is the nearest place to visit from Edamon, which is situated on the banks of Kallada River near the Kerala - Tamilnadu border. Edamon is a small village covering an area of approximately 1 square km, and is famous for Thenmala dam and the Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Edamon. Some of them are Kumar Palace Leisure Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1500), Sri Ram Inn (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Vrindhavan Inn (Tariff – Rs. 650 to Rs 2500) and Motel Araam (Tariff – Rs. 750 to Rs. 900).
The official language of Edamon is Malayalam, while English is understood among the locals.
The important festival of Edamon is Onam and the Puttingal Bagavathy Temple festival. Winter is the ideal time to visit Edamon.
Places of Interest
Located in between the Shendurney wildlife sanctuary and the Kallada River, Edamon is a haven for nature enthusiasts. There are multiple tourists’ destinations, such as Suspension bridge across the Kallada River, Thenmala Ecotourism (12 km along Kallada River), The Palaruvi Water Falls (29 km along Kallada River), Anchal, known for its Cattle Market (19 km to the South of Punalur), Kunnicode, famous for Muslim Piligrim Centre (10 km West of Punalur) and Pattazhi Devi Temple (32 km to the North of Kunnicode).
How to Get There
Trivandrum airport is the nearest to Edamon, located about 75 km away and is connected via SH48 from Punalur.
Punalur railway station (Station Code: PUU) is the nearest to Edamon which is approximately 10km from the village. There are several passenger trains from Madurai, Tamilnadu, and Kollam, Kerala.
There are several buses from various cities of Tamilnadu and Karnataka which ply regularly to nearby towns. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include the Kallada Travels, Malabar Tours and Travels and Imperial Tourist Service. If you book a bus ticket online you can get rid of the trouble of standing in queues.