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.
Gudalur is a part of Tamil Nadu and is basically a panchayat town and taluk situated in Nilgiris district. It is situated 52 km from Ooty and 112 km from Mysore. The name of the valley comes from two Tamil words – ‘koodal’ and ‘ooru’, which combine to form Gudalur, meaning ‘meeting place’. The place is known for its tree plantations which are not only a beautiful sight for tourists but are also responsible for upholding the regional economy of the valley.
Places to Stay
There are a number of budget hotels in and around Gudalur. Some of them are GGT Grand Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Mudumalai Holiday Village (Tariff – Rs. 1500), and Darsan International (Tariff – Rs. 500).
Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil are spoken extensively here.
The valley hosts a harvest season festival every year, mostly in the month of October.
Places of Interest
Gudalur is an exciting place for tourists, with ample places to visit and explore. Some of these places are Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary (5 km from Gudalur), Needle Rock View Point (7 km from Gudalur), the town of Nelliyalam (20 km from Gudalur), and Numbalakottai Vimalagiri (4 km from Gudalur).
How to Get There
Calicut International Airport (80 km from Gudalur) and Mysore Airport (80 km from Gudalur) are the airports situated nearest to the valley.
Although there are no direct trains to Gudalur, the nearest railway stations are at Udagamandalam and Lovedale, both at a distance of 27 km from the town.
A number of buses ply daily to and from Gudalur, connecting it to many places including Hosur, Krishnagiri, Bangalore and Chennai. SRS Travels are the major bus operators in the area, and are known for providing a good experience to travellers. Volvo buses are also available for the town from some major cities. Ticketgoose.com is a popular bus booking site from where you can get your tickets easily.