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 small town in Kottayam District of Kerala State in India, Kodungoor is situated 25 km from Kottayam and 143 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Legend tells that a Devi came here following a Kartha, a firm devotee of Devi. After resting a while when Kartha tried to lift his umbrella, he couldn't lift because of the divine presence. And thus a temple was built for the ‘Devi' and the place came to known as ‘Kudathangiya oor’ which later brevetted as Kodungoor.
Places to Stay
Breeze International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Hotel Anjali Park (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Finch Hotels (Tariff – Rs. 1000) are some good budget hotels available near Kodungoor.
Malayalam is the local language of Kodungoor. Other spoken language is English.
During the months of August and September, Onam is celebrated with an enthusiasm.
Places of Interest
Kodungoor Devi Temple in Kodungoor, Vagamon (29 km from Kodungoor), Kumarakom (33 km from Kodungoor), Kuttanad (45 km from Kodungoor) and Alleppey (47 km from Kodungoor) are some places of interest in and around Kodungoor.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kodungoor city is Kochi Airport, located 83 km from the village.
Kottayam Railway Station is the nearest major railway station, 21 km from Kodungoor.
Kodungoor is well connected to all major towns like Kottayam, Pala, Pampady, Changnacherry, Ponkunnam and Ranni by road. Sarathi Tours, Krishnakrupa Tours & Travels and State Transport are some of the best private and state bus operators that ply on this route. In case you don’t have the time and energy to stand in bus counters, booking bus tickets online will help.