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.
Kollam is an old port town which is situated on the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is well known for its rich store of cashew nut, spice and the famous Ashtamudi Lake which is the second largest in Kerala. Kollam was once the capital of Venad.
Budget Hotels in Kollam
Nani hotels and resorts- (Tariff- from Rs 1500 onwards) merely 1.5 kms from bus stand.Hotel Sea Pearl (Tariff- Rs 1470) this is at a 15 minutes walking distance from Railway Station Hotel Raj residency- (Rs 1000 onwards) Walking distance from Kollam railway station
Events in Kollam
Kollam hosts a number of events throughout the year. Starting from the Kollam Pooram which is one of the most colourful ten days festivals in Kerala, it is followed by Parippalli Gajamela which is again 10 days annual festival of the Kodimoottil Sree Bhagavathi Temple; this is celebrated in the month of February and March. The procession is completed by decorated elephants and women in traditional attire holding lighted lamps.
The official language of Kollam is Malayalam.
Places to See in Kollam
Kollam is surrounded by a number of famous places often visited by tourists. The famous Ashtamudi backwater is well known for its picturesque beauty and is the second largest lake in Kerala. Other places to visit in Kollam includes Ashramam Picnic village, the Matha Amrithanandamayi Ashram, Thangasseri which was once a Portuguese establishment, Kollam Beach & Thirumullavaram Beach, Munroe Island, Puthenkulam Elephant Village, Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kollam is the Trivandrum Airport which has numerous direct flights to international cities like Singapore, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Bahrain, Qatar, Sharjah and many more. It is also connected with all major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.
The Kollam railway station is 1 Km from City centres and is well connected to all major South Indian cities.
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