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.
Koratty, a Christian pilgrimage town that attracts multitudes of pilgrims from across the world, is located in Kerala’s Thrissur district. This town is famous for its Koratty Muthy Shrine, which is dedicated to Mother Mary. This shrine is also known as Lourdes of Kerala. Koratty lies on the border of Ernakulam and Thrissur.
Places to Stay
There are no accommodations facilities in Koratty. Chalakudy, which is 7 km away from Koratty, run decent budget hotels. Some of these hotels are Premier Tourist House (Tariff – Rs.482), Quality Hotel (Tariff – Rs.745) and Watergate Homestay (Tariff – Rs.828).
The official language spoken here is Malayalam.
The most celebrated festivals in Koratty are Vishu in April, Onam in September, Koratty Muthy in October and Christmas during December.
Places of Interest
There are many places of interest in Koratty; they include churches, temples and beaches. The tourist attractions here are St. Mary's Forane Church (550 m), Mathampilly Vamana Murthy Temple (21 km), Cherai Beach (32 km), Munakkal Beach (30 km), Munambam Mini Harbour (30 km) and Kodungallur (23 km).
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport, which is around 16 km away from Koratty, is the nearest airport from this town.
The Koratty Railway Station is within a kilometer from the main town centre.
Koratty is frequented by buses that run to and fro neighbouring cities and states. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels and Nellippilly Travels have daily buses from Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Coimbatore to Koratty. It is easy to get online bus tickets due to the increase in the number of travel websites.