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.
Kodungallur, a coastal city in Kerala’s Thrissur district, is said to have been named from Kodi-linga-puram, meaning land of ten million Siva lingas. Those of you looking for a break from the bustling city can head to this city, where St. Thomas is said to have landed and started seven churches in the vicinity. Earlier, this region used to be a great seaport. There are many beaches to visit apart from the church and temples.
Places to Stay
There are no hotel accommodation facilities in Kodungallur. However, travellers to this city can book rooms in Chalakudy, which is 24 km away. Some of the hotels found here are Premier Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs.482), Quality Hotel (Tariff – Rs.745) and Hotel Kottaram Residency (Tariff – Rs.863).
The official language spoken in Kodungallur is Malayalam.
The important festivals here are Maha Shivratri in February, Vishu in April, Onam in September, Navratri in September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Kodungallur has many tourist destinations in and around its city. Some of these places are Cheraman Juma Masjid and Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple about a kilometer from Kodungallur, Cranganore Fort (4 km), Anapuzha Canal (3 km), Munnakal Beach (8 km) and Sathar Island (7 km) away from Kodungallur.
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport, which is 30 km away from Kodungallur.
There is no railway station in Kodungallur. The nearest railway station is the Irinjalakkuda Railway Station, which is around 25 km away from this city.
Kodungallur is frequented by state-run and private buses from neighbouring cities and states. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels run luxurious Volvo A/C buses from Bangalore, Mysore and Chennai to Kodungallur. There are several bus operators that have made booking bus tickets easier through their websites.