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.
One of the most beautiful hill stations of South India, Kodaikanal is a city that is part of the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu. It is situated in the Palani Hills in southern Western Ghats. Kodaikanal which means The Gift of the Forest in Tamil language is also fondly called Princess of Hill stations. This popular place is the most sought after tourist destination for its meadows grasslands , cascading streams and waterfalls.
Budget Hotels in Kodaikanal
There are good budget hotels in Kodaikanal . Some of them are Hotel Sivapriya (Tariff – Rs.1118), Hotel Gurupriya (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Kodai Gate (Tariff – Rs.1033) and Pine Borough Inn (Tariff – Rs.1500).
The official language of Kodaikanal is Tamil The other languages spoken include English.
Events in Kodaikanal
Some of the famous festivals and events in Kodaikanal include Natyanjali Festival (February) and Mother SaletteFestival ( august).
Places to See in Kodaikanal
There are several places of tourist attraction in Kodaikanal. Some of the places include Kurinji Andavar (Murugan) temple( 4kms from bus stand) , Kodaikanal Lake, ( 2 kms from bus stand) Kodaikanal Solar Observatory ( 4kms from bus stand), cauvery-travels (Suicide Point) ( 3.4 kms from bus standi), Silver Cascade Falls, ( 7 kms from BS), Coaker's Walk (1 kms from bus stand)and Kodai Lake (2 kms from bus stand).
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Kodaikanal is the Madurai airport. It is located about 135kms away from the city.
Palani railway station is the nearest junction from Kodaikanal.
Madurai Aarappalayam bustand is the important bus stand for Madurai , Dharmapuri, Hosur, Kodaikanal and Pollachi. There are limited bus services available in Kodaikanal. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include KPN Travels, Sharma Transport and Parveen Travels. Book bus ticket online from the comfort of your home with just a click of a mouse.