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 hill station in the Idukki district of India’s “God’s own Country” - Kerala, Peerumedu is located 80 km from Kottayam and 130 km from Kochi. The beautiful scenery of the waterfalls, the green slopes and open grasslands makes it one of the best places for a weekend getaway. It was earlier used as a summer retreat by Maharajas of Travancore. The hill station is named after a Sufi saint, Peer Mohammed. It also has plantations of tea, coffee and cardamom.
Places to Stay
Thekkady (25 km from Peerumedu) has many budget hotels. Some of them are Dreamland Homestay (Tariff – Rs. 1300), Hotel Sithara International (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Oasis Homestay (Tariff – Rs. 800) and Mount Sinai (Tariff – Rs. 500).
Malayalam is the official language of Peerumedu. The other language spoken here is English.
The important festivals of Peerumedu are Onam in August and Christmas in December.
Places of Interest
There are numerous places for one to visit at Peerumedu. Some of the best tourist spots are Thrissanku Hill (4 km) Kuttikkanam (9 km), Peeru Hills (1 km from Kuttikkanam), Grampi (5 km), and Periyar Tiger Reserve (32 km).
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport is nearest to Peerumedu. It is located about 120 km from the hill station.
There are many express trains to Kottayam (80 km from Peerumedu) from Chennai, Bangalore, Mangalore, Hyderabad and Vijayawada.
There are no buses to Peerumedu. However, one can reach Thekkady by bus. Private operators such as Royal Travels and SRS Travels provide bus services. Volvo bus is the most preferred choice of all travellers these days.