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.
Thenmala is India's first planned Eco-tourism destination. It is one of the most beautiful tourist locations near the Punalur town in the Kollam district of Kerala. There are different types of sight-seeing for foreigners and domestic travellers. The most popular attraction of Thenmala is Palaruvi Falls (16 km) from the town. There are options of boating, trekking, biking, and mountaineering. The distance between Thenmala and Thiruvananthapuram is 72 km.
Places to Stay
There are a few good budget hotels in Thenmala. Some of them are Anandan Tourist House (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Aquarock (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Sea View Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Hotel Mr. John’s (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official languages of Thenmala are English and Malayalam. Other languages spoken are Hindi and Tamil.
The important festivals of Thenmala are Onam in August, Dasara Festival in October, and Deepawali in November.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Thenmala. Some of them are Ponmudi (33 km), Courtallum (44 km), Sasthamkotta (37 km), and Varkala (33 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Thenmala is the Trivandrum International Airport (56 km).
The nearest railway station is the Punalur Railway Station (11 km).
Thenmala and Punalur are linked together via road. The nearest bus stand is Thenmala KSRTC Bus Station (1 km) from the town. There are regular local or private buses from KSRTC from Thenmala to nearby cities and vice-versa .There are options for foreign tourists of advance-ticket booking or online with the help of travel operators like Joy Travels or Sharma Travels to reach Thenmala. Bus ticket online booking has caught up with travelers across the country.