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.
A town and a municipality situated in the central Travancore region of Kerala, Pathanamthitta is known as the 'Pilgrim Capital of Kerala'. The town lies on the road route to the pilgrim town of Sabarimala (65kms away). Pathanamthitta is also known for being historically important. Ancient palaces, monuments and memorials are located near here. Pathanamathitta district is also called the ‘The Abode of God’ because of its popularity as a place of pilgrimage.
Places to Stay
There are many budget hotels in Pathanamthitta. Yamuna Tourist Home (Tariff-Rs.950), Kizhakkedathu Tourist Home (Tariff-Rs.450) and Padmavathy Tourist Home (Tariff-Rs.400) are located near the bus stand.
The annual religious festivals are celebrated here.
Malayalam is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Thrikkovil Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple, St.Simeon Orthodox Cathedral and Sree Dharmasastha Temple are great places to visit within 1-3kms of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (113kms).
The nearest railways stations are at Tiruvalla (30kms) and Chengannur (25kms).
Pathanamthitta KSRTC Bus Stand has regular bus service that connects the town to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like Kallada Travels, Shama Travels and Hentek Travels run regular buses to and from the city. Online bus ticket booking has caught up with travelers across India.