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.
Kallal is a town in Tamil Nadu’s Sivaganga district. This town is famous for its Theppakulam Temple pond. There is a good networked roadway and railway to this town. Its district headquarters, Sivaganga, is situated 13 km away and its capital city, Chennai, is 426 km from here. Some of the nearby cities that surround Kallal are Karaikudi, Chettinad, Dindigul, Tiruchy and Madurai.
Places to Stay
There are no accommodation facilities in Kallal. Those visiting this town can book comfortable hotels in Karaikkudi, which is 20 km away. A few of these hotels are Golden Singar Hotel (Tariff – Rs.572), Hotel Udhayam (Tariff – Rs.725) and Hotel Subhalakshmi Palace (Tariff – Rs.997).
The official language spoken in Kallal is Tamil.
The important festivals celebrated in Kallal are Pongal in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Tamil New Year in April, Vinayaka Chaturthi in August-September, Dussehra in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
There are a few places of interest in and around Kallal. Tourist attractions around this area are Devapattu (4 km), Theppakulam (120-m) and Nattarasankottai (20 km) away from Kallai.
How to Get There
Madurai Airport is the nearest airport, which is 85 km away from Kallal.
There is a railway station in Kallal which is the nearest being just 2 km away from the main town center.
There are frequent state-run and private buses that ply on the roads leading to Kallal. Private bus operators such as SRM Travels and Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travels run A/C buses from Chennai to Kallal. Travel websites offer discount on bus ticket booking, especially during the festive season.