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.
Kuttanad is a backwater region in Kerala. The lush green coconut trees dotting the border of the river stretch makes it very scenic. Kuttanad is rightfully termed the ‘Rice Bowl of Kerala’ as the land is fertile, with rice being the cash crop. This area was earlier a dense forest, which got burnt down; hence, it got its name Kuttanad, from chutta, meaning burnt and nad, which means land. A few of the nearby cities include Puthukkary, Kainakary, Chennamkary and Mampuzhakary.
Places to Stay
There is no hotel accommodation facility in Kuttanad. Travellers to Kuttanad can book affordable hotels in Chengannur, which is 31 km away. The hotels here are Hotel Pournami (Tariff – Rs.491), Hotel Priya (Tariff – Rs.765), Hotel Santhi Palace (Tariff – Rs.701) and Hotel Relax Inn (Tariff – Rs.579).
The language spoken in Kuttanad is Malayalam.
Maha Shivratri in February, Vishu in April, Onam in September and Christmas in December are some of the most celebrated festivals in Kuttanad.
Places of Interest
There are many sightseeing destinations in and around Kuttanad. These attractions are Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple (7 km), Thottapally Lake (16 km), Haripad (19 km), Punnapra Beach (17 km) and Champakulam (7 km) away from Kuttanad.
How to Get There
Kochi is the nearest airport, which is 106 km away from Kuttanad.
There is no railway station in Kuttanad. The closest railway station is located in Thakazhi, about 2 km away from Kuttanad.
Numerous state-run and private buses connect Kuttanad from nearby towns and states. Private bus operators such as Anjali Travels run Volvo buses daily from Bangalore and Hosur to Kuttanad. Online bus tickets are available on a number of bus booking websites which has made it easy for travellers to confirm their tickets.