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.
Kondotty, a city in Kerala’s Malappuram district, lies next to the Calicut International Airport. This city boasts of its lush green vegetation that adds splendor to the surrounding area. You can reach this city through State Highway 65 and National Highway 213. A few of the nearby cities that are worth visiting are Kozhikode, Mavoor, Tirur and Malappuram.
Places to Stay
There are no accommodation facilities in Kondotty. Tourists to Kondotty can book affordable hotels in Malappuram, which is 24 km away from here. The hotels found here are Hotel Ruby Residency (Tariff – Rs.429), Hill Fort Hotel (Tariff – Rs.463) and Sajidha Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs.526).
The official language spoken in Kondotty is Malayalam.
The important festivals here are Maha Shivratri in February, Vishu in April, Onam in September, Navratri in September-October, Diwali during October-November and Christmas in December.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions in and around Kondotty. These include the beaches and other attractions. Some of the attractions nearby include Mundappalam (2 km), Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary (22 km), Kettungal Beach (28 km), Kozhikode (32 km) and Mukkam (27 km) away from Kondotty.
How to Get There
Calicut International Airport, which is 3 km away from Kondotty, is the nearest airport.
There is no railway station in Kondotty. The nearest railway station is the Vallikkunnu Railway Station that is 23 km away from the city.
There are frequent state-run and private buses that ply between Kondotty and neighbouring cities and states. Kallada Travels runs Volvo A/C buses daily from Chennai, Villupuram and Bangalore to Kondotty. To make use of cheap bus ticket booking facility on Ticketgoose.com book your tickets in advance.