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.
Ettaiyapuram is a panchayat town and a part of the Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu. The district headquarters of Tuticorin, is located at a distance of 51 km south-east along the picturesque Bay of Bengal coast. Another major city, Tirunelveli, is not far either and is located at a distance of 74 km south-west. Enthusiasts of South Indian cuisine, landscape and temples must visit this place.
Places to Stay
Being a village, naturally there are no places to put up for the night. One is forced to venture into Tuticorin for lodging. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the town. Some of the options which are worth a try are Sathya Park and Resort (Tariff – Rs. 900), Geetha International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Sugam Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Jony International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600) and others.
The official language of Authoor is Tamil. English is also widely understood.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in Januray, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Tiruchendur, also known as a temple town (85 km away to the south-east along the coast), has a lot of temples worth visiting. Some of the temples worth a visit are Sri Ponvandu Aiyanar temple, Aazhigudi Maradachan, (also known as the ‘heart attack temple’) and Chettiyapathu Sri Ainthu Veettu Swami Temple among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Tuticorin Airport at a distance of 57 km.
Kovilpatti Junction Railway station is the closest railway junction at a distance of 16 km .
There are several buses plying across to Ettaiyapuram which can be booked through TicketGoose.com. Buses are readily available from Tuticorin as well as Kovilpatti. Making use of bus ticket offers are the best way to save money while travelling.