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.
Kazhakootam, an area in Thiruvananthapuram, became popular after the Technopark and Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre set up its base near this locality. This region is also famous for its Sainik School that was opened by the Government of India in the early 1960s.The Mahadeva Temple, in the vicinity of Kazhakootam, is said to be 1,000 years old.
Places to Stay
Kazhakootam provides comfortable budget hotels and homestay for tourists in this region. The hotels here are Hotel Ya Ali (Tariff – Rs.765), Sree Krishna Lodge (Tariff – Rs.295), Nandanam Homestay (Tariff – Rs.579) and Hotel Chinnus (Tariff – Rs.491).
The official language spoken in Kazhakootam is Malayalam.
The most important festivals celebrated in Kazhakootam are Maha Shivratri in February, Vishu in April, Onam in September, Easter and Christmas.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions around this locality. These include St Andrew’s Beach (4 km), Menamkulam (2 km), Aswathy Garden (3 km), St. Ignatius Church (4 km), St. Andrews Church (4 km), Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (5 km), Shangumugham Beach (14 km), Napier Museum (14 km), Sree Mahadeva Temple (37 km) and Beemapally Mosque, 17 km away from Kazhakootam.
How to Get There
Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport, which is situated 13 km away from Kazhakootam.
Kazhakootam Railway Station is located 2 km away from the main city.
Kazhakootam is well connected through a wide network of buses from nearby cities and towns. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels and Galaxy Xpress run Volvo A/C buses from Chennai, Ernakulam and Thrissur to Kazhakootam. Book a bus ticket online and travel hassle free without standing in serpentine queues.