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.
Pullad is the last section of the Thiruvalla taluk of the Pathanamthitta district in Kerala. 13 km away from Thiruvalla, Pullad is well known for its temples, monuments and picnic spots. It also serves as the hub of Sabarimala pilgrimage centre, which is why Pullad is also called “The Abode of God”. One of the revenue divisions of Pathanamthitta district, Pullad is well connected by rail and road. Festive mood is upbeat in Pullad all through the year.
Places to Stay
Pullad is a small village and hence does not have many hotels nearby. Local home stays are available. Few budget hotels can be found in Thiruvall. Some of them are Aryas Park Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000), Hotel Panchami (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
The official language of Pullad is Malayalam. The alternative language spoken here is English.
Some of the major local festivals of Pullad that are celebrated with great fanfare include Utsavam (February/March) and Easter (March/April). Saraswathi Pooja and Ekadasi are the other festivals that are celebrated here.
Places of Interest
Sree Vallabha Temple (3 km away), Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple (10.2 km away), Malankara Marthoma Syrian Church and Paliakkara Church are famous tourist spots situated near Pullad.
How to Get There
Kochi Airport (86 km away) is the nearest airport to Thiruvalla district near Pullad.
Thiruvalla Railway Station is the only railway station situated in Pathanamthitta district.
Regular buses ply from Pullad to connecting cities such as Chennai, Coimbatore, Krishnagiri, Vellore and Bangalore. Kallada Travels, City Travels, Bharathi Travels are few good bus operators connecting to Pullad at affordable bus tariffs. When you make use of your bus ticket discount coupon from various travel websites, you can save a lot of money.