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.
Athani, a town in Kerala’s Thrissur district, is a prime location as it is within the proximity of the Cochin International Airport. For those who love to tee off, there is a golf course located next to the airport. National Highway 47 passes through this town and the Periyar River flows near this picturesque town. Some of the nearby cities worth visiting are Thrissur, Kunnamkulam, Guruvayoor and Irinjalakuda.
Places to Stay
There are no budget hotels available in Athani. For budget hotels one has to travel to Kalady, which is 11 km away. Two such comfortable hotels are Hotel Pooja Residency (Tariff – Rs.918) and Comfort Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs.670).
The official language spoken in Athani is Malayalam.
The most celebrated festivals in Athani are Maha Shivratri in February, Vishu in April, Onam in September, Navratri in September-October, Diwali during October-November and Christmas in December.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions in and around Athani. These attractions include the Athani Statue, a few meters away from the town center, Christ King Church (9 km), St. Mary's Church (7 km), Bharathan Memorial Mandapam (6 km), Thumbichal Reservoir (13 km) and Chendamangalam, 17 km away.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport, which is 6 km away from Athani.
There is no railway station in Athani. Angamali Railway Station, about 5 km away from this town is the closest.
Athani is frequented by both state-run and private buses from all nearby cities and states. There are private bus operators like Kallada Travels that run buses to Athani from different states. Ticketgoose.com provides bus tickets at minimum rates to all its travelers