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.
Kuruvilangad, also called as the Vatican of India, is a town located in Kerala’s Kottayam district. There is a legend that Mother Mary first appeared in Kuruvilangad to a group of shepherds and told them to build a church, which is now, St. Mary’s Forane Church. A spring is also said to have sprouted from this very spot. This town is on the border of Kottayam and Ernakulam. Nearby cities surrounding Kuruvilangad include Palai, Thodupuzha, Vaikom and Kottayam.
Places to Stay
There are no hotel accommodations in Kuruvilangad. Kottayam, which is 22 km away from this town, offers good hotel accommodations. These hotels are Ooty Lodge (Tariff – Rs.177), Metro Lodge (Tariff – Rs.295) and Tharavadu Heritage Home (Tariff – Rs.965).
The language spoken by the people of Kuruvilangad is Malayalam.
The most celebrated festivals in Kuruvilangad are Moonnu Nompu in January, Vishu in April, Pathinanchu Nombu in August, Ettu Noimbu and Onam in September and Christmas in December.
Places of Interest
Kuruvilangad is a famous tourist destination having a steady flow of tourists throughout the year, especially during the Moonnu Nompu. Other attractions are Kottayam (22 km), St. Mary's Forane Church, which is a kilometer away from Kuruvilangad, Sreekrishna Temple (13 km), Ayarkunnam (19 km), Meenachil River (28 km) and Erattupetta (30 km) away from Kuruvilangad.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is located in Kochi, which is 67 km away from Kuruvilangad.
There is no railway station in Kuruvilangad. Kuruppumthara Railway Station, which is around 7 km away from Kuruvilangad, is the nearest railway station.
Kuruvilangad is well connected by state-run and private buses from nearby cities and towns. Shama Travels and Atlas Travels are the two private bus operators that run Volvo A/C buses daily from Bangalore to Kuruvilangad. Get a cheap bus ticket by logging on to several bus booking portals.