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.
Well-known for Turmeric and Handloom textiles, Erode is situated on the banks of the Bhavani and Cauvery rivers. Also referred to as the Textile valley and Loom city of India for its huge production of handloom, power loom and readymade products. Erode is also known as Manjal Maanagaram (Turmeric city) for its cultivation of turmeric. The best time to visit Erode is during June, July and August.
Budget Hotels in Erode
There are several star rated and budget hotels in Erode. Some of them are Metro Altis Lodge (Tariff – Rs44 5), Hotel Meridien ( (Tariff – Rs.990), Hotel Iswariyaa (Tariff – Rs 1300) and Hotel Royal Park (Tariff – Rs.550).
The official language of Erode is Tamil. The other languages spoken include English.
Events in Erode
Some famous festivals and events of Madurai include Mariamman Festival (April - May), Aadi Peruku (August) and Pooja Festivals (October).
Places to See in Erode
There are several places of tourist attraction in Erode. Some of the places include Thindal Murugan Temple (7 km from Central bus stand), Vellode Bird Sanctuary (15kms from bus stand).
How to Get There
The only nearest International Airport from Erode is the Coimbatore International Airport.
Erode Junction Railway Statiion is aptly located 3kms away from Erode Central Bus Terminus. This railway line is considered to be the most important since it connects to all the regions of Tamil Nadu. Erode has daily trains that connects to New Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore, Lucknow, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Puri, Ahmadabad, Jaipur, Patna and Gaya.
The Central Bus Terminus is one of the most important and busiest bus station complexes in the city. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include PNK SRT Travels, Kallada Travels and Kesineni Tours & Travels. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.