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.
Pampady is a small town and a taluk in Kottayam district of Kerala. It is located 16 kms towards east from the district head quarters Kottayam and 145 kms from state capital Thiruvananthapuram towards the south. National highway 220 passes through the heart of Pampady. Pampady lies midway between the serene backwaters of western Kerala and the misty mountains of Western Ghats. It is situated in the river banks of Nila (Bharatapuzha).
Places to Stay
Some of the few budget hotels in Pampady are Sangam Hotel (Tariff Rs. 300 to Rs. 500), Dhalia Hotel (Tariff Rs. 300 to Rs. 500), and Dhanya Hotel (Tariff Rs. 300 to Rs. 500).
The official language of Pampady is Malayalam.
Pampady Pakalpooram festival (July), Kumbha Kudam festival of Cheruvalli Kavu temple (March), The Parakkottu Kavu Thalappoli (last Sunday of the Malayalam month of Medam), Ayyappan Vilakku (January) and Pampady Dayara (August) are some of the festivals celebrated in Pampady.
Places to Visit
The famous Cheruvallikavu Devi Temple is located in Pampady village. Other temples to see are the Alampally Sreekrishnaswamy temple, and Chennampally Gandharvasamy temple. Pampady is also home to the. St. Thomas Church and Dayara Chapel. Kottayam (15 kms), Kumarakom (27 kms), Vagamon (62 kms), Alleppey (50 kms), Kuttanad (55 kms) are the near by important tourist destinations.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Pampady is at Kochi (60 kms).
Kottayam Railway station is the nearest major railway station (14 kms) to Pampady.
Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers travelling to Pampady include Kallada Travels (Suresh Kallada), Sona Travels. Utilising a bus ticket booking coupon can save your money when you buy your tickets.