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 town and a municipality in Wayanad district of Kerala, Kalpetta lies on the Kozhikode-Mysore National Highway (NH 212). Surrounded by dense coffee plantations and mountains the town is located at an altitude of about 780 m above sea level. Kalpetta is connected to Kozhikode and Mysore by NH212; while State Highways connect the town with Ooty in Tamilnadu and Madikeri in Karnataka.
Places to Stay
There are not many hotels in Kalpetta. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at the Issacs Hotel Regency (Tariff -Rs. 1791) and KTDC Pepper Grove Rs. (Tariff - 1715)
Onam, Vishu, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Malayalam is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The Chembra Peak (7.2 kms), Lakkidi View Point (5kms) Banasura Hill and Soochippara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall –22kms) are places to see in this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Calicut (100kms)
The nearest Railway Station is at Kozhikode (72kms)
The Parakkal Bus Stop, Kalpetta New Bus stand, HIMUP Bus Stop, Edappetty Bus Stop, Kalpetta Old Bus Stand, By Pass Junction Bus Stop and Madiyoor Bus Stop runs regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a number of private bus operators like Kalpaka Travels, SKS Bus, SKS Travels, Kallada Travels, Cauvery Travels and SMPK Travels that run regular buses to and from the village. Online bus tickets are available on a number of bus booking websites which has made it easy for travellers to confirm their tickets.