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.
A town in Kerala’s Palakkad district, Vadakkanchery is a beautiful area with numerous temples, churches and mosques. It is well connected by road as the National Highway 47 passes through this town. It got its name from two Malayalam words vadakkan, meaning northern and cheri meaning street. Some of the nearby towns are Kizhakkancherry, Kannambra, Konnanchery, Puducode, Ayakkad, Mudappallur and Manjapra.
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic in Vadakkanchery. But you will find a number of budget hotels in Thrissur, which is 35 km away. Some of them include Ambady Kanan Resorts (Tariff –Rs. 1,000), Hotel Peninsula (Tariff –Rs. 1,000) and Pearl Residency Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 1,000).
The languages spoken here are Malayalam and English.
Navratri is celebrated for 12-days in a grand manner in the town.
Places of Interest
Vadakkanchery has a number of tourist attractions in and around the town. Some of the must-visit places include Kammanthara (5 km), Mariyamman Temple, Palayam (6 km), Thiruvara (6.4 km) and St Thomas Evangelical Church (10 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport from here is the Cochin International Airport, which is 78 km away.
Palakkad railway station is the major railhead that connects this place to other major destinations. Situated about 39 km from here, it is the closest to the town.
There are buses from Bangalore, Chennai and Anantapur. Kallada Travels is one of the major operators plying its buses on this route. TicketGoose.com offers online bus booking in India to travellers visiting more than 4,000 destinations.