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.
Kaloor is a small region that is situated in Kochi in Ernakulam district in Kerala. It also happens to be the name of a key intersection point that connects two arterial roads namely Palarivattom and Lissie Junction. Famous for its largest stadium and also the regional hub of a prominent Open University, Kaloor has many temples, mosques and churches. It is well connected by rail, road and air.
Places to Stay
Budget hotels can be found in the Kaloor district such as Cochin Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs. 537), Four Seasons Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 633) and Dream Catcher Home Stay (Tariff – Rs. 935).
The official language of Kaloor is Malayalam. The alternative language spoken here is English.
Some of the major local festivals of Kaloor include Thalapoli (February), Malayatoor Perunal (March/April), Onam (August/September), Cochin Carnival (December) and Indira Gandhi Boat Race (December).
Places of Interest
St Francis Xavier Church (6.3 km away), Indo-Portugese Museum (6.6 km away), Jawaharlal Nehru Cricket Stadium (8 km away), St. Andrew’s Basilica (36.9 km away) and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (43.2 km away) are some famous tourist spots situated in Kochi near Kaloor district.
How to Get There
Ernakulam International Airport (35 km away) is the nearest airport to Kaloor.
Ernakulam Junction (5.4 km away) is the nearest major railhead.
Kaloor has its own bus terminus and is well connected to cities and towns such as Bangalore, Chennai, Mangalore and Coimbatore. Kallada Travels, Angel Bharathi Travels, Sona Travels and Sharma Transport are few good bus operators connecting to Kaloor at affordable bus tariffs. Online bus booking sites have made it possible for travellers to get their bus tickets with ease.