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.
Known as the spices capital of Kerala, Kattappana is a town in the Sahyadri . One of the the main commercial towns in the high ranges of Idukki district, Kattappana is situated 2660ft above main sea level. A picturesque town with mountains, lakes, forests, wildlife and spices plantations (cardamom, black pepper, coffee and tea), Kattappana’s cool climate attracts tourists who visit the neighbouring Idukki Dam or Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkadi or Munnar. The "Njallani" high yielding variety of cardamom was first developed in Kattappana.
Places to Stay
The place offers many affordable hotels to stay in. Some of them are Michaels Inn (Tariff- Rs. 1316), Wind Haven Resort (Tariff- Rs. 1162), Ambadi (Tariff- Rs.1537) and SN International (Tariff-Rs.1491)
The annual temple and Church festivals attracts a lot of people to this region every year.
Malayalam is the main language spoken here. The other common language includes English
Places to Visit
The Sree Dharma Sastha temple, Ambala Kavala, Kattappana (2km south of Kattappana Town) and the Ayyappa Temple in the town centre attracts people. The St. George Forane Church, built by the first settlers is another attraction. There are many tourist spots in nearby areas of Kattappana. The nearby Calvery Mount gives a bird's eyes view of the Idukki reservoir. The main tourist attractions nearby are Thekkady (Kumili), Idukki and Munnar. The 3.5 km tunnel that connects Anchuruli and Erattayar dam is another popular tourist spot.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Nedumbassery (125 km away) near Cochin
The town has no rail connectivity. The nNearest railway stations are at Kottayam (104 km) and Ernakulam/Aluva (120 km) and Theni (70 km away) in Tamil Nadu
The new private bus stand at Kattappana runs daily service that connects the place to nearby towns and villages. The main private bus operator in the town is Kallada Travels. Make use of cheap bus tickets online at Ticketgoose.com