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.
Villupuram (also called as Viluppuram and Vizhupuram) is one of the 30 districts of Tamil Nadu. It serves as the district headquarters of Villupuram. This district came into existence on 30 September 1993 when it was formed from the South Arcot district. Villupuram is the 2nd largest district in the Tamil Nadu state. Many tourists visit Villupuram to discover many attractive places.
Places to Stay
Many hotels nearby are Balaji Lodge (Tariff – Rs. Rs. 300), Hotel Meenakshi A/c Boarding & Lodging (Tariff – Rs. 500 to Rs. 1200), Hotel V.V.A.Boarding (Tariff – Rs. 500 to Rs. 1200), Tamilnadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000).
Tamil is the local language in Villupuram.
Major festivals include 10 days Vaikasi Brahmmotsavam (May–June), Maha Shivrathri (February–March) and Tirukarthikai (November–December).
Places of Interest
The region has many historical tourist attractions like temple of King Mahendra Verma Pallava, Sathru Malleshwara Alayam, Veedur Dam, Gomuki Dam, Megam Falls and Periyar Falls, Auroville, Thiruvamathur, Mailam, Perumpakkam (8 km from Viluppuram), Siruvanthadu (15 km from Viluppuram), Koovagam (nearby), Gingee Fort, Marakanam Beach.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Pondicherry, located at a distance of over 40 km from Villupuram.
Villupuram railway station is the major railway station which is well connected to major destinations all over the country.
NH 45 connects the town from major cities of Chennai to Dindigul via Tiruchirapalli. There are frequent bus services to this town. Few of the best private bus travels include KPN Travels, KVN Transport. Log on to bus ticket online booking sites like Ticketgoose and book your tickets without any hassle.