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.
Koyilandy, also spelt as Quilandy or Quilandi, is a municipality and a city in the Kozhikode district of Kerala state. It is well connected by NH 66 and falls between Kozhikode and Vatakara towns. The economy of Koyilandy thrives on fishing. The famous freedom fighter K. Kelappan was born in Muchukunnu which happens to be a nearby village to Koyilandy. Famous for its beaches, temples, dams, Koyilandy has good number of schools, colleges and hospitals. It is also well connected by rail, road and air.
Places to Stay
Being a small town, Koyilandy does not have many hotels nearby. However, local home stays are available. Alakapuri Hotels Pvt. Ltd. (Tariff – Rs. 1001 onwards) and Park Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1001 onwards) are excellent 2 star hotels in Calicut.
The official language of Koyilandy is Malayalam. The alternate language spoken is English.
Some of the popular local festivals of Koyilandy are Sivarathri (February), Navrathri (October), Deepavali (November).
Places of Interest
Sree Ramakrishna Mutt, Payattuvalappil Sree Devi Temple, Oravingal Bhagavathy Temple, Kakkayam Dam, Thoovappara Beach, Palakkulam Beach are some famous tourist spots in and near Koyilandy.
How to Get There
The nearest airport in Koyilandy is Calicut International Airport which is approximately 50 km away.
Koyilandy has a railway station by the name Quilandi that was set up in the year 1901.
Koyilandy is well connected to most of the places in South India such as Ernakulam, Chennai, Kazhakkoottam, Trivandrum, Palani. KTC Tours, PK Travels Bangalore, Cauvery Travels and AR Travels Calicut are the top bus operators connecting to Koyilandy at affordable bus tariffs. Ticketgoose.com’s bus ticket booking facility is the best way to book your online tickets.