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.
Koothattukulam is situated 17 km from Muvattupuzha taluk in Ernakulam district in Kerala. Located 50 km from Kochi City and 51 km from Ernakulam, Koothattukulam is at the junction of Ernakulam, Kottayam and Idukki districts. Koothattukulam has a large population base of Syrian Christians. The core occupation of the people is agriculture, followed by trading. Spread over 2318.71 hectares, Koothattukulam is where cash crops are grown in abundance. Rail, road and air are travel options to reach Koothattukulam.
Places to Stay
Koothattukulam is a small village and hence does not have many hotels nearby. Local home stays are available. Few budget hotels can be found in the nearby Ernakulam district such as Hotel Narendra Central (Tariff – Rs. 500 onwards), Hotel Park Avenue (Tariff - Rs. 922 onwards).
The official language of Koothattukulam is Malayalam. The alternative language spoken is English.
Some of the major local festivals of Koothattukulam that are celebrated with great fanfare include Onam (August/September), Navarathri (October), Deepavali (November), Christmas (December), Uthsavom (December/January).
Places of Interest
Sree Krishna Swamy Temple at Chittoor (8 km away), Bhagawathy Temple Puthiyakavu (11 km away), Kanjiramattam Mosque (25 km away), St. Thomas Shrine at Malalayattur (52 km away) are famous tourist spots situated in Ernakulam near Koothattukulam.
How to Get There
Kochi Airport at Ernakulam (36 km away) is the nearest airport to Koothattukulam.
Piravom Road (16 km away) is the nearest railway station to Koothattukulam.
Regular bus services ply from Koothattukulam to major cities such as Bangalore, Hosur, Krishnagiri, Coimbatore, Kottayam. Kallada Travels, Sharma Transports, Viji Yathra Travels are few good bus operators connecting to Koothattukulam at affordable bus tariffs. Get discount coupons for bus tickets to your favourite holiday destination by logging on to travel websites like Ticketgoose.com.