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.
Situated in the Kottayam district of Kerala, Kuravilangad is a small town also known as ‘The Vatican of India’. Christianity came early to Kuravilangad – the first church was built here in the 3rd century.
Places to Stay
Ettumanoor, located only 12 km away, has a number of good budget hotel options. Hotel Anjali Park (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Mattam Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Sanyo Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Floral Park Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500) are some of them.
Malayalam and English are both official languages of Kuravilangad.
Onam, the ten day harvest festival, is a celebration that brings together people of all communities in Kerala. This occurs in September annually.
Places of Interest
St. Mary’s Forane Church in Kuravilangad, built around 105 AD is an ancient church worth visiting. Siva Ettumanoor Mahadevar Temple is only 12 km away. Kumarakom with its bird sanctuary and backwaters is only 26 km away.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kochi Airport, situated 53 km away.
Kuruppan Tara Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Kuravilangad with daily services to major cities and towns in Kerala. Other major cities like Mangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, and Delhi are accessible from Kottayam Railway Station (20 km).
Private operators like Bens Travels and Sona Travels are all reliable and provide regular services from Kottayam. Book your tickets in advance and avail of your bus ticket discount coupon, especially given during festive seasons.