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.
Illayangudi is a town located in Shivaganga district of Tamil Nadu. It was once a hub of Arab traders. The buildings and structure of Illayangudi has been highly influenced by the Indo-Saracenic architectural design. It is quite near some popular tourist places like Karaikudi (60 km), Madurai (74 km) and Rameshwaram (112 km). It is 485 km away from the state capital, Chennai.
Budget Hotels in Illayangudi
For relaxation, one has to travel to Karaikudi. Some of the budget hotels here are Golden Singar Hotel & Resorts (Tariff-Rs.500), Hotel Subalakshmi Palace (Tariff-Rs.600) and Malar Hotel (Tariff-Rs.700).
Tamil is the official language of this town.
Events in Illayangudi
Some important festivals of this region are Ugadi (April) and Ganesh Chaturthi (August).
Places to See in Illayangudi
Ilayangudi is mainly a trading hub and doesn’t have any places for tourist. However, some of the major attractions in Karaikudi are Kamban Mani Mandapam, Athangudi, Devakottai and Honey River.
How to Get There
Madurai Airport (90 km) is the nearest airport from this town.
The nearest railway station is the Karaikudi Railway Station based at a distance of 39 km.
Mainly state buses ply to and fro Illayangudi. Private operators like City Travels and Essaar Travels catering to Karaikudi, connects this region with other major cities and towns. Bus ticket booking discount coupons are available online on several bus booking portals. Make use of them while booking your tickets.