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.
Kavalkinaru is a small village based in Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu state. It is situated 60 km from Tirunelveli and 711 km from Chennai, the state capital. The village is covered with beautiful landscapes and black rock hills. The economy is mainly dependant on agriculture and flower cultivation. ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) is also based at Kavalkinaru. Nagercoil, Panagudi and Padmanabhapuram are cities near to Kavalkinaru.
Places to Stay
One can stay at hotel in Kanyakumari. Some of them are Melody Park (Tariff - Rs. 800), Hotel Paravathi Residency (Tariff - Rs. 1100), Park Sea Land (Tariff - Rs. 2500), Hotel Singara International (Tariff - Rs. 1700) and Hotel Sea View (Tariff - Rs. 2500 onwards).
The languages spoken in Kavalkinaru are Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi and English.
The festivals celebrated in Kavalkinaru are Pongal, Easter, Saraswathy Pooja, Utsavam (May), Sacred Heart Church Festival and St. Antony’s Church Festival.
Places of Interest
Kavalkinaru has a lot to offer for tourists with its temples, scenic landscapes, beaches and museums. Kanyakumari, which is 22 km away, has the Wax Museum, Muttom Beach and Udayagiri Fort. Tirunelveli which is 59 km away has Nellaiappar Temple, Courtallam Falls and Science Museum. Kovalam is 74 km and tourist destinations here include Neyyar Dam, Light House Beach and Napier Museum.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Tuticorin Airport, located about 79 km away.
The Kanyakumari railway station is 22 km from Kavalkinaru. Major trains like Bangalore Express (16525), Himsagar Express (16317), Dibrugarh Vivek Express (15905) and Kanyakumari Rameshwaram Express (22622) pass through here.
TNSTC bus services connect Kavalkinaru to various cities and towns. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels and Lilly Travels provide bus services to Bangalore and Hyderabad. Discounted bus tickets are available on a number of travel websites like TicketGoose.com