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.
The gateway to the Sabarimala temple, Erumely located in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala, is on the Kanjirappalli - Pathanamthittaroute.The town has a small river, Koratty that flows through it. There are many temples and a famous masjid in this town. By age-old tradition, pilgrims on their way to the Sabarimala temple make the stopover at this town and visit the temples here before proceeding on their journey.
Places to Stay
There are not many places to stay in Erumeli. Tourists visiting the place can stay at the Marias Homestay and Hotel Hill Top in Kanjirappally, which offers rooms for Rs.500 onwards.
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Malayalam is the main language spoken in this town.
Places to Visit
The important places of worship at Erumelyare the SreeDharmashastha temple, the ErumelyCheriyaAmbalam and the Valiyambalam, which is located right next to each other in the heart of town.
How to Get There
The closest airport is at Cochin
The nearest railway station is at Chengannur (34kms)
ErumelyBus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators Kallada Travelthat offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Get bus ticket booking offers from Ticketgoose when you book your tickets online.