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.
Karunagappally, a coastal city in Kerala’s Kollam district, is famous for its house boat facilities in Alumkadavu. The yearly Sree Narayana Trophy boat race in Kannety River is also held here. Cottage and Small scale Industries help fund the economy of this region. Karunagappally lies on the border of Alappuzha and Kollam.
Places to Stay
There are homestays and hotels available in Karunagappally for reasonable prices. These include The Vijaya Palace (Tariff – Rs.787), Vanajolsana Homestay (Tariff – Rs.657), Hotel Shah International (Tariff – Rs.607) and Kollam Beach Retreat (Tariff – Rs.364).
The official language spoken in Karunagappally is Malayalam.
The most celebrated festivals in Karunagappally are Maha Shivratri in February, Vishu in April, Onam in September, Easter and Christmas.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions around Karunagappally such as beaches, backwaters and temples. These are located in Alappadu (5 km), Padanayar Kulangara Temple Pond (600 m), Idakulangara Sree Devi Temple Chira (3 km), Kollam (27 km), Ashtamudi (35 km) and Chavara, 9 km away from this city.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport, which is located 92 km away from Karunagappally.
Karunagappally Railway Station is situated 2 km from the main city centre and connects the city to nearby states.
Karunagappally is well connected to nearby cities and states through a network of buses. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels and Sona Travels run luxurious Volvo A/C buses to Karunagappally from Salem and Coimbatore. Ticketgoose.com is a popular bus booking site from where you can get your tickets easily.