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.
Muvattupuzha is a town that belongs to the Ernakulum district in the state of Kerala. Its current population is 30000 plus boasting a literacy rate higher than the national average. The Muvattupuzha River flows through the town which lends it a highland green terrain. The town has a rich cultural heritage; two forms of martial arts are practiced here.
Places to Stay
There are several accommodation options for visitors such as Sahari Hotel, Hotel Paray Residency, Gloria Tourist Home and Thottam Lodge in the range of Rs.1500-Rs.1800.
Diwali, Eid, Easter, Christmas are the major events across the year.
Malayalam, Urdu and English are the local languages spoken in Muvattupuzha.
Places to Visit
Temples such as Puzhakkarakavu Bhagavati Temple and The Ramakrishna Math and churches like Holy Magi Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church and St. Joseph’s Syro-Malankara Catholic Church among many others are he interesting places to visit within 10-15km.
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport is located 34km away. It offers brilliant connectivity to cities around the country as well as to some international destinations.
Aluva Railway station is the nearest railway station, 34 km from Muvattupuzha. It offers limited connection to the main cities. Visitors could also make arrangements from Cochin Railway Station.
Muvattupuzha is surrounded by a few local towns that offer limited connectivity. Visitors should do bookings from Vazhakulam which offers better connections. KSTRC is the most trusted and frequently used bus service. Online bus ticket booking is one of the easiest ways of booking your tickets.