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.
Renowned for its power weaving mill and electric power substation, Veeravanallur is in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district. Veeravanallur is derived from two Tamil words “veera” meaning courage and “nallur” stands for good town. Bhoominatha Swamy temple, which is one of the oldest in Tamil Nadu, is one of the main attractions of the city.
Places to Stay
As Veeravanallur is a small town, there are very few hotel options nearby. Tirunelveli, around 30 km away from the town has plenty of good budget hotels like Hotel MNH Royal Park (Tariff – Rs. 1000 onwards), Sri Janakiram Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 650 onwards), Nainar Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards) and Sri Bharani Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 750 onwards).
Tamil is the main language spoken in the area.
Some of the events celebrated in this town are Pongal in January, Dasera in September/October and Deepavali in October/November.
Places of Interest
Kadayammam Temple, Vandimalaichi Temple and Kambalathammam Temple are some of the popular tourist attractions in Veeravanallur. Manjolai (34.4 km), Panagudi (50.2 km), Maruthur (40.6 km) and Palayamkottai (29.4 km) are other nearby places of interest.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Tuticorin Airport that is 30.2 km away. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is 116 km away is another option.
Tirunelveli railway station, which is 42.8 km, is the major railhead that connects Veeravanallur with other important cities. However, the nearest railway station is Nazareth railway station that is 12.5 km away.
Buses ply daily from Krishnagiri, Chennai, Hosur and Tirunelveli. The best bus operators on this route include SRS Travels and Sree Lakshmi Travels. Opt for online bus ticket booking to visit all the popular destinations across India.