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.
Salem is a city and a municipal council located in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu. It is situated about 160 km away from Coimbatore. In terms of population, Salem is the fifth largest city in the state. The Thirumanimuthar River flows through the Salem city. It is surrounded by hills on all sides namely Jarugumalai in the south, Godumalai to the east, Nagaramalai in the north and Kanjamalai in the west. It shares its border with Dharmapuri towards the north, Erode towards the west, Namakkal towards the south and Villupuram towards the east.
Budget Hotels in Salem
There are plenty of budget hotels for travellers in Salem. Some of them include Ganesh Mahaal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700 onwards), City View Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), Hotel Selvam (Tariff – Rs. 550 onwards), and Hotel New Tamil Nadu (Tariff – Rs. 800 onwards).
Tamil is the local language spoken here. English, Hindi are also known by the people.
Events in Salem
An annual festival is celebrated in the Kottai Mariamman Temple for 15 days during the month of July.
Places to See in Salem
Yercaud Hills (22 km), Kiliyur Falls (3 km), Namagiripettai (28 km), Kurumbapatti Zoological Park (6 km), Tharamangalam (22 km), Poiman Karadu (9 km), Poolampatty water place (40 km) and Rasipuram (27 km) are some of the best tourist destinations around Salem.
How to Get There
Salem Airport is located 2 km away from the town.
Salem Town railway station is the nearest rail head located 1 km away.
Salem has good road connectivity to all major cities like Sankari and Tharamangalam. NH7 (Varanasi- Kanyakumari), NH 68 (Salem-Ulundurpet) and NH 47 (Salem- Kanyakumari via Coimbatore) passes through Salem. There are several buses plying to Bangalore, Hyderabad and Tirupati. Airking Travels & Tours, Roshan Travels, KPN Travels are some of the private travel operators that provide convenient buses to Salem. Utilise the discounts and offers when you are booking a bus ticket online.