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.
Situated on the confluence of rivers Pamba and Kallar is the village of Vadasserikkara. Perched at an elevation of a mere 6 meters above sea level, the tiny hamlet of Vadasserikkara comes under Pathanamthitta district in Kerala. The village serves as an important stopover for pilgrims on the way to Sabarimala, the abode of Lord Ayyappa. Pathanamthitta, Thiruvalla, Chengannur, Mavelikkara are the cities nearby Vadasserikkara.
Places to Stay
There are limited accommodation options in Kottayam. Visitors are thus recommended to opt for hotels in the nearby district of Pathanamthitta, which is 9 km away. Some of the hotels here are Hotel Mannil Regency (Rs. 425 – Rs. 800), Hotel Amala (Rs. 850 – Rs. 1000) and Hotel Elite Continental (Rs. 900 – Rs. 1000). The tariff for the same can be obtained in person.
The official language of Vadasserikkara is Malayalam. However, English and Hindi are also spoken here.
Onam in February and Christmas in December are celebrated with great fervour in Vadasserikkara.
Places of Interest
Important tourist places are Lord Ayyappa Temple, Sabrimala (31 km from Vadasserikkara), Ranni (8 km from Ranni) and Periyar (51 km from Vadasserikkara).
How to Get There
Both Kochi (115 km away) and Trivandrum Airport (108 km are the closest to Vadasserikkara.
The closest major railway station from Vadasserikkara is Kottayam Junction, which is 48 km away.
Vadasserikkara has a bus stand of its own with buses connecting to cities such as Dharampuri, Bangalore and Chennai among others. Both state-run and private operators such as Kallada Travels ply their buses on this route. TicketGoose.com provides online bus tickets booking facility for travellers visiting their favourite destinations.