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 town in Alappuzha District, Kerala, Haripad is located between Alappuzha and Kollam on National Highway 47. Situated close to the Arabian Sea, the town connects Mavelikkara and Thrikkunnappuzha. There are more twenty Hindu temples in and around the surrounding regions.The first Sri Ramakrishna Ashram in the state was established at Pilapuzha in Haripad. The town is considered the land of the ‘Mayura Sandesa’ (land of snake boats) and music, dance and drama.
Places to Stay
There are not many hotels available to stay in Haripad. Tourists visiting the place can stay The Esquire Inn Hotel and Kalpakavadi Inn (Tariff Rs. 500-Rs. 1000).
The annual festivals like Onam, Vishu, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here.
Malayalam is the main language spoken in this town.
Places to Visit
The scenic Pallipad village (3.8 kms), Karimpalil palace (1km), Veeyapuram (6kms), Karichal (4kms), Vilakkumaram (a Light Pole- .5kms) and Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple (1km) are places to visit in this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport (97.19 Kms)
Haripad has its own railway station
Haripad Bus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like Anjali Travels, A1 Travels KPN Travels and Atlas Travelsthat offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Ticketgoose.com is one of the most popular bus booking sites from where you any book your tickets to anywhere in India.