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.
Ernakulum said to be the most booming metropolis, is located on the coast of the Arabian sea, Kerala. This city is aptly located with Alappuzha districts in the south, Idukki in the east and Thrissur in the north. Ernakulam has a long standing history with Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, British and the Portuguese, who had come to these shores for its rich spices. The city is the most urban part of Kochi city.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Ernakulum. Some of them are Hotel Excellency (Tariff – Rs.857), illam heritage (Tariff – Rs.894), Saas Tower (Tariff – Rs.827) and Deshadan Plaza, (Tariff – Rs.1,800).
The official language of Ernakulum is Malayalam. The other languages spoken include English and Hindi.
The annual Ernakulam Shiva Temple festival usually happens during Malayalam Month Makaram. The other festival include Sivarathri, Christian Pilgrim Center Festival and St. George Church Festival.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Ernakulam. Some of the places include Santa Cruz Cathedral (16kms from Ernakulam Town Railway Station), Cherai Beach, Kochi (25kms from Kochi), Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary (3 Km from Ernakulam Junction)
How to Get There
Ernakulam is connected to the Cochin International Airport, which is situated about 27 kilometers away from the city. There are direct domestic flights available to major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.
Ernakulam Junction Railway Station is the important railway station in Kerala. It is located closer to the nearby shopping area on M.G road. There are two major railway junctions in Eranakulam which include Ernakulam Town Railway Station and Ernakulam Junction Railway Station.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is situated in Ernakulam South. This busiest bus station offers interstate, intercity and local bus services. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Greyhound Travels, Kallada Travels and Kings Travels. Bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com’s mobile apps is one of the most convenient ways of booking your tickets.