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.
Senkottai also known as Sengottai or Shenkottai, meaning red fort in Tamil is a town in the state of Tamil Nadu. The fort like structure at the entrance of the town has lent it its name. It has a population of around 30,000 people. The literacy rate in this place is 60% which is higher than the national average. It is situated in the Tirunelveli district. Rice cultivation is the main source economy in this town.
Places to Stay
Visitor will find suitable accommodation options in Courtallam such as Suriyaa Tourist Home (Rs.1000), Srishty Garden Resorts (Rs. 1000) and Kuttalam Heritage Resort(Rs.1200) located 9km away.
Festivals like Thai Poosam, Pongal, Ugadi and Diwali are celebrated in town.
Tamil is the local language spoken in Senkottai.
Places to Visit
Courtallam main falls, Palaruvi Waterfall, Five Falls, Agasthyakoodam Biological Reserve and Kannupulimedu waterfall are located within 20km from Senkottai.
How to Get There
Thiruvananthapuram Airport, located 65km away, is the closest airport. There are direct flights to Kochi, Madurai and Coimbatore.
Senkottai Railway station has a direct link to Tenkasi Junction which is 8km away. Farther destinations can be reached from this railway station.
Senkottai bus stand connects you most major cities across Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The best bus operators that offer quality service include TNSRTC, KSRTC. When you are booking your tickets through Ticketgoose.com, look out for bus ticket coupons and save money.