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 Tamil Nadu’s Dindigul district, Vedasandur got its name from Vedan Sandhaiur; vedan meaning hunter and sandhai meaning the selling place. This place makes for a perfect weekend getaway if you are looking for a peaceful environment. It has various temples and churches worth visiting. Its proximity to cities like Dindigul (20 km) and Oddanchatram (25 km) makes this place even more alluring.
Places to Stay
Tourists can opt to stay in a few homestays in Vedasandur, as there are hardly any hotels in this village. But Dindigul has a lot of reasonably good hotels to offer its tourists like Anand International Hotel (Tariff –Rs.500), Rockfort Palace (Tariff –Rs.500) and Sukanya Lodge (Tariff –Rs.600).
Tamil is commonly spoken in the area.
Some of the festivals celebrated in Vedasandur are Pongal in January, Puthandu in April, and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Vedasandur has a number of places nearby that are worth visiting like St. Antony's Church (7 km), Anjaneyar Temple (21 km), Dindigul Rock Fort (21 km), Vadamadurai (23 km) and Oddanchantram (25 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport from here is the Madurai airport, located about 87 km. Another option for tourists is the Civil Airport in Tiruchirappalli, which is about 97 km from here.
There is no railway station in this town. The major railhead connecting this town is in Madurai, which is 78 km away.
Buses are available from its capital city, Chennai. Jai Hanuman Travels, SRS Travels and KRS Travels are some of the top operators catering to passengers on this route. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.