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.
Sankagiri is a town in the Salem district state of Tamil Nadu. With a population of more than 150000 people its literacy rate of 68% is above the national average. It is a historical centre owing its significance to the Sankagiri fort. Agriculture was the basis of its economy for a long time until recently where in truck transport, cement industries and mills are now speedily taking over.
Places to Stay
Visitors can find budget accommodations in Tiruchengode such as Balaji lodge, R.K Lodge, MK Lodge and Hotel Livinn within a range of Rs.1500.
Festivals like Thai Poosam, Pongal, Ugadi and Diwali are celebrated in town.
Tamil is the local languages spoken in Sankagiri.
Places to Visit
Sankagiri Fort, Varadaraja Perumal temple and CSI Nathaniel Memorial Church are the local attractions in Sankagiri within 15km of the city centre.
How to Get There
Salem airport is 40km from Sankagiri and is the closest available airport. There are regular flights to a few cities from here.
Sankagiri Drug Railway Station is the main railway station. It provides connections to Chennai, Coimbatore, Bangalore and Kochi among others.
NH47 passes through Sankagiri bus stand. Buses to Chennai, Villupuram, Neyvelli, and Chidambaram can be reached directly. TNSRTC and other private operators are the inter-state bus transport available. Log on to bus ticket online booking sites like Ticketgoose and book your tickets without any hassle.