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.
Ettumanoor is located in the state of Kerala. It is a major town and is located 11 km from the town of Kottayam and 65 km from Cochin. It is a connecting link to Cochin, the major commercial center of Kerala. This place falls on the way to wagamon and poonjar.
Places of Interest
The ancient Siva Ettumanoor Mahadevar Temple here is the most famous tourist attraction in this place. According to the myths the Pandavas and the sage Vyasa had worshipped at this temple. Christuraj church (Christ the King Church) is one of the famous churches in Kottayam district. There are a number of mosques also. The most famous ones are the Kaithamala Muhiudheen Masjid and the Thazhathangady Juma Masjid.
Places to Stay
Business class hotels are being opened around Ettumanoor. These hotels are located at a distance of3 km from this place. These are- Zurich International, Vijaya Park and the Hotel Elegance.
How to Get There
Cochin international airport located at a distance of 64 km is the nearest airport to Ettumanor. There are flights to all major Indian cities and also to some major international cities.
Rail connectivity is there between this town and all the major towns and cities of South India. There are trains to other parts of the country like Delhi and Mumbai.
Buses ply from a lot of places of the nearby states to the town of Ettumanor. There are well constructed and well maintained highways from this place to the major towns and cities. Bus ticket online booking has caught up with travelers across the country.