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.
Known to be the important port city of east coast of India was formerly part of French India, Karaikal is one of the regions of the union territory of Puducherry. It is about 300 kms away from the south of Chennai and 140 kms away from Pondicherry. The place is surrounded by other districts which include Nagappattinam and Thiruvarur Districts. Karaikal sandy beach is considered to be the best natural beaches of the country.
Budget Hotels in Karaikkal
There are good budget hotels in Vijayawada . Some of them are Hotel Sai Siddartha (Tariff – Rs.550), Quality Hotel D V Manor (Tariff – Rs.990) and Lotus Green Park (Tariff – Rs.1000).
The official language of Karaikal is Tamil . The other languages spoken include English and French.
Events in Karaikkal
Deccan festival is one of the famous festivals in Vijayawada. It is celebrated for five days in the month of February.
Places to See in Karaikkal
There are several places of tourist attraction in Karaikal. Some of the places include Karaikal Ammaiyar Temple(15kms from Karaikal), Lord Saturn (Saneeswaran) (5 kms from Karaikal), THe Dharga of Masthan Sahib Valiullah ( 8kms from Karaikal) Karaikal Beach ( 2kms from the city) and The Church of Our Lady of Angels (7 kms from Karaikal).
How to Get There
Karaikal Airport is constructed in Karaikal. The airport would be constructed by 2014. The nearest Airport to Karaikal is the Puducherry Airport. It situated at at Lawspet in Puducherry.
The distance between Karaikal and Nagore railway station is about 15 kms.
Many buses from different districts and cities ply to this town. There are several long distances buses operate from this town. To get discounted bus tickets you will have to book your tickets in advance.