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.
A municipal town in Thrissur district of Kerala, Irinjalakuda is located on State Highway 22 (Kerala), which is connected to major national highways NH 47 and NH 17. Two main roads – the State Highway 22 and State Highway 61 intersects at this town. Irinjalakuda, which is one of the oldest municipalities in Kerala, houses the famous Koodalmanikyam Temple. This is the only temple in the country dedicated to the worship of Bharata, the second brother of Rama.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Irinjalakuda. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at the Kallada Regency, Priya Hotel and Kochery Home Stay that offers rooms from Rs.700 onwards.
The annual festival at the Koodalmanikyam Temple is held between April-May. The Pindi Perunnal festival is celebrated in a grand scale at the cathedral in this town.
Malayalam is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The Koodalmanikyam Temple, St.Thomas Cathedral Church and Daivamakkal Prarthanalayam are located within a kilometre of the bus stand. The famous Sri Guruvayoor temple is situated 20ksm North West of this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Kochi (34kms)
Irinjalakuda has its own Railway Station
The KSRTC Bus Stand, Doctor Padi Bus Stop, Cathedral Junction Bus Stop, Irinjalakuda Mini Bus Station, Irinjalakuda Bus Stand, College Road Bus Stop and SN Bus Stop run regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like Kallada Travels that runs regular buses to and from the village. Ticketgoose.com’s online bus ticket booking facility is fast, safe and reliable.