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.
Kodakara, a small temple town in Kerala’s Thrissur district, is located on the Salem-Kochi-Kanyakumari Highway. When Tippu Sultan came to this region the temple treasures were hidden for fear of the sultan taking it all away. Some of its nearby cities include Chalakudy, Irinjalakuda, Guruvayoor and Ashtamichira.
Places to Stay
Kodakara provides good budget hotels in the town. A few of these hotels are Premier Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs.482), Quality Hotel (Tariff – Rs.745) and Hotel Kottaram Residency (Tariff – Rs.863).
The official language spoken here is Malayalam.
The important festivals in Kodakara are Maha Shivratri in February, Vishu in April, Onam in September, Navratri in September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many sightseeing areas around Kodakara. These places include Kurumali River (15 km), Kallayi Padam (17 km), Nattika Beach (31 km), Chalakudy (9 km) and Kanakamala (11 km) away from Kodakara.
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport, being 29 km away from Kodakara.
There is no railway station in Kodakara. The nearest railway station is the Nellayi Railway Station situated around 5 km away from Kodakara.
The town of Kodakara is well connected by a wide network of buses travelling to nearby cities and states. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels and Sharma Gold Class run Volvo buses from Bangalore and Coimbatore to Kodakara. If you don’t have the time to go to a counter, book bus tickets online with just the click of a mouse.