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.
Kundara is a beautiful village situated in the Kollam district of Kerala and belongs to the South Kerala Division. Kundara is located near the Bay of Bengal and receives a large amount of rainfall throughout the year. The town is known for its greenery, hillocks and mesmerizing lakes.
Places to Stay
There are a few good budget hotels in Kundara. Some of them are Hotel All Season (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Sea Pearl (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Neela Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Hotel Rail View (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official languages of Kundara are English and Malayalam. Other languages spoken here are Hindi and Tamil.
The important festivals of Kundara are Diwali in November, Onam in August-September, Ganesh Chaturthi in August, and Dasara Festival in October.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Kundara. Some of them are St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Cathedra (1 km), Varkala (28 km), Kuttanad (59 km), and Ponmudi (58 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kundara is the Trivandrum International Airport (67 km).
The nearest railway station is the Quilon Junction Railway Station (15 km).
The nearest bus stand to reach Kundara is Kundara KSRTC Bus Station at a distance of 1 km from the town. There are regular local or private buses that travel from Kundara to nearby cities like Varkala, Ponmudi, and Thenmala. There is a facility for tourists of advance ticket booking from KP Travels or Sharma Travels to reach nearby places. Bus ticket booking discount coupons from travel portals can help you save money when you are travelling.