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.
The second largest town in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu, Kollemcode is located north-west to Cape Comorin (Kanyakumari) and south-east to Trivandrum (capital of Kerala). A thickly populated town, Kollemcode is a lush-green place with beaches, back waters and a mountain on one side. The CZR golden highway (AKA WestCoast road) passes through Kollemcode. The town is considered to be a highly literate town recording more than 90% literacy rate.
Places to Stay
There are not many hotels in Kollemcode. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at Singaar International (Tariff- Rs. 1360) and Hotel Canaan (Tariff- Rs. 1400 onwards) in Nagercoil.
St. Nicholas Feast, St. Mary's Feast, St. Jude Feast and Sreerajarajeshwari Esakiamman Temple Feast are some of the major events held in this town.
Tamil is the Local Language; while Malayalam is also widely spoken here.
Places to Visit
Kollemcode Devi Temple, Edappad herbal beach, Marthandanthurai silver sand beach and the 100 years old Neerody Church are all located within a kilometre of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Trivandrum
The nearest Railway Station is at Nagercoil
The Kollemcode Bus Stop runs regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like Tippu Sultan Travels that runs regular buses to and from the village. When you book your tickets through Ticketgoose.com avail of online bus ticket booking offers.