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.
Formerly known as Parur, Paravur is the headquarters of the Paravur Taluk in Ernakulam district of Kerala. Considered as the gateway to the Malabar region, North Paravur is a northern suburb of Kochi City. The town is situated at the north end of Ernakulam district, on the borders of Thrissur district. The town, which was once well-known for traditional industries like coir, handlooms and agriculture, has now become a major residential suburb of Kochi. The coastal highway NH-66 Panvel-Kanyakumari (NH-17 Kochi – Mumbai) passes through North Paravur.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in North Paravoor. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Four Seasons Hotel (Tariff-Rs. 629), Bright Heritage (Tariff-Rs. 1600) and Elite Palazzo (Tariff-Rs. 1980).
Annual festivals like Dussehra, Diwali, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here. Some of the other celebrations include the Dhukrana of the Saint Gregorios Abdul Jaleel (23rd to 27 April) at St. Thomas Church, St. Antony Feast (May 12th) and celebration of Sacred Heart of Jesus (June) and the Moothakunam temple fest.
Malayalam is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The Peruvaram Mahadeva Temple, Kannankulangara Sreekrishna Temple, St. Thomas Church and Paravur Juma Masjid are located next to the bus stand.
How to Get There
The Kochi Airport which is about 152km from this place is the nearest airport to Paravoor.
The nearest railway station is at Aluva
Paravur bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like Kallada Travels runs regular buses to and from the town. If you are travelling long distance by a Volvo bus you will have a comfortable journey with ample leg space.