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.
Mannuthy is an area in the third largest city of Kerala, Thrissur. The city is often referred to as the ‘cultural centre of Kerala’. It is said that the Abrahamic religions of Juadaism, Christianity and Islam entered the Indian subcontinent through this district. Enthusiasts of architecture, culture, beaches and cuisine should definitely try this city out.
Places to Stay
Thrissur has a wide range of budget hotels to offer tourists. Some of the options which are worth trying out are Pearl Regency Hotel (tariff – Rs. 700), Elite International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Mannapuram Hotel (tariff – Rs. 900), Hotel Pathans Residential (tariff – Rs. 600) and others.
The official language of the area is Malayalam. English and Tamil are also spoken and understood.
The main events of the area are Thrissur Pooram festival in April/May, Vishu in April, Onam in August, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth a visit in the city are Vadakkunnathan Temple, Thrissur Pooram, Puli Kali, Our Lady of Lourdes Syro-Malabar Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral and others. One can also head to the coast and enjoy the picturesque sunset over the Arabian Sea.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport in Kochi at a distance of 49 km.
The close-by railway station is the Thrissur Railway Station at a distance of 8 km.
Usually state transport buses ply on routes connecting the city to other cities in the region. Among private operators, Kallada Travels has a fairly good presence. Buses to the area are available from all cities.To keep customers happy, several travel websites offer discount coupons for bus tickets on a regular basis.