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.
Kottyam city, also known as Akshara Nagari, is located on the South-central region/portion of Kerala and is a famous a gateway to the major pilgrim destinations. It is located at a distance of 67km from Kochi. The literal meaning of Kottyam is “inside of the fort”. While Kotta denotes fort akam implies inside. Originally set up on the hilltop, this was an old town marked by important commercial dealings and trade of crops, spices, rubber etc. The city is bordered on the east by the Western Ghats, while the Vembanad lake and Paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west.
Places to Stay
There are many low budget hotels at reasonable rates found in Kottayam city. Some of them which are worth mentioning are Hotel Aida (Tariff – Rs. 900), Mali International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Blue Moon Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500), Sakthi Hotel (Tariff – Rs.600) and others.
The official language of Kottayam is Malayalam.
The major festivals and events widely celebrated in the Kottayam city are Arattu Utsavam (March-April), Vaikathashtami (November-December), Ettumanoor, a ritual procession (February-March), Sabarimala Thiruvabharana Ghoshyatra and Petta Kettu in January and many more.
Places of Interest
There are a number of exotic places of interest in Kottayam.Kumarakom is a famous tourist place comprising of a number of islands situated on the backwaters. The Vembanad Lake is another tourist destination in the backwaters that offers cruise boats and house boat stays. Other popular destinations are Kurisumala, Vaikom, the sunset view from the Monroe Light, pilgrim centres of Sabarimala, Vaikom, Erumeli, Manarcadu and many more.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport situated at a distance of around 88 km from the city-centre.
The nearest major railway station is Kottayam Railway Station located at a distance of 2 km from the city.
There are numerous state owned bus services offered by the KSRTC.There are private bus services such as Jacob Travels, Sea Bird Travels, Kallada Travels and the like. Making use of bus ticket booking discount can help you save money while travelling. Look out for such offers at Ticketgoose.com.