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.
Kannur also known as Cannanore is a coastal city in Kerala on the banks of River Kaanaam. The beaches and surroundings here are considered a haven by nature lovers. There are many attractions available for tourists. This city is known for its handloom industry, forts and ancient temples. Some of the most interesting tourist attractions here are Muzhappilangad Beach, Thalassery, Thalassery Fort, St. Angelo Fort, Gundert Bungalow, Wellesley’s Bungalow and Agnikaragam.
Budget Hotels in Kannur
Kannur is well known for its hospitality. Some of the budget hotels available here are Hotel Royal Omars (Tariff – Rs.962), Malgudi Holidays (Tariff – Rs.659) and Palmgrove Heritage Retreat (Tariff – Rs.677).
The official language spoken in Kannur is Malayalam.
Events in Kannur
The important festivals in Kannur are Maha Shivratri celebrated in February, Theyyam and Vishu in April, Onam in September and Christmas in December.
Places to See in Kannur
Kannur has a lot to offer its tourists from beaches to forts. Muzhappilangad Beach (16 km), Thalassery Fort (21 km), Kanam Beach (6 km), St. Angelo Fort (3 km), Mappila Beach (4 km) and Payyambalam Beach (3 km) are some of the major attractions that are worth visiting.
How to Get There
Calicut International Airport is the nearest airport, which is 117 km away from Kannur.
Kannur Railway Station is just 800-m from the main city center and connects Kannur to all major cities in India.
There are frequent state-run and private buses that connect the city of Kannur. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels, Sri Durgamba Travels, Sona Travels, SMPK Travels and PK Travels run Volvo A/C buses from Bangalore and Ernakulam to Kannur. Making use of bus ticket discounts while booking your tickets can help you save money.