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.
A hilly, forested village in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala, Konni is situated on the banks of the mighty Achencoil River. Konni is slowly emerging as a popular tourist destination, since the vast expanse of forests of the Western Ghats crisscrossed by numerous streams and rivulets gives it a picturesque setting. The lush green village has been prominent as a haven of wild elephants and as an elephant training centre.
Places to Stay
The place offers accommodation from Rs.1000 onwards. Some places to stay are the Surya Hotel and the Contour Hill Resorts (Rs.1500 onwards).
Other than the temple festivals the village is popular for its school and youth festivals.
Malayalam is the local language here.
Places to Visit
The places of interest include the Konni Elephant Training Centre, Achankovil River, the two ancient temples Achankovil and Aluvamkudi, Konny St George Orthodox Church and the Kumbhavuruthy waterfalls. All these places are located at a distance of 1-2kms from the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (about 99kms) and the Cochin International Airport (124kms).
The railway stations close to Konni are at Chengannur (34kms), Thiruvalla (41kms) and Kottayam (60kms).
Both the state run KSRTC and Private Luxury Bus are available to Konni. Private bus operators like Kallada Travels G4 are popular here. If you get cheap bus tickets online you can save a lot of money while travelling.