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.
Kaikatti is a small village in the Tiruchirappalli district of Tamil Nadu. The nearest urban region, Trichy, is 217 km away from here. The capital city of Chennai is located at a distance of 483 km. The vast stretch of paddy fields, coconut groves makes Kaikatti a picture perfect village to visit during the weekends.
Places to Stay
There are no accommodation facilities in Kaikatti. One has to travel to Tiruchirappalli to put up for the night. Some of options worth trying here are Hotel Gold Coin (Traiff-Rs.500), Nandha Residency (Tariff-Rs.600) and Rockfort Residency (Tariff-Rs.700).
Tamil is the official language of this area.
Pongal (January) is the most significant festival in Kaikatti. Ganesh Chaturthi (August) is another important festival celebrated in this region.
Places of Interest
Swami Ayyapan Temple is the main highlight of this place. However, there are several tourist attractions in Tiruchirapalli such as Rockfort Temple (83 m high), St John’s Church (4 km), Government Museum (3 km), Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (10 km) and other holy places.
How to Get There
Trichy Airport, which is located at a distance of 220km, is the nearest from Kaikatti.
Trichy Railway Station (52km) is the closest to this village.
National Highway 209 passes through this village; therefore, both state buses and private buses are quite active in this area. Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travels and Parveen Travels are some top operator catering to this region. For online bus booking, log on to Ticketgoose.com and get your tickets.