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.
Kottakkal is a town in the Mallapuram district in Kerala. It lies to the south-west of the district headquarters Mallappuram, which is at a distance of 12 km. Kottakkal, actually means ‘Land of the Fort’ in Malayalam. Kottakkal is famous for its Ayurvedic institutions established here. The total population of Kottakkal is 39,554 with males comprising of 19,027 and females 20,527 in number. The state capital Thiruvanathapuram is just 348 km way from Kottakkal.
Places to Stay
Rubi Residency (Tariff- Rs 500), Virad Hotel (Tariff- Rs 500) and AM Tourist Home (Tariff- Rs 1000) are some good options to stay here.
Malayalam and English are widely spoken languages in Kottakkal.
Kottakkal Poram, known as Malabar Elephant Festival, goes on for 7 days in the month of March-April in Vishwambara temple.
Places of Interest
Aryuvedic treatment centre in Kerala-Arya Vaidyashala, Tirur-famous Triankkandiyur Shiva Temple (19 km), Perinthalmanna (29 km)-cultural town, Pazhayangadi Mosque (18 km), Kadalundi-Bird Sanctuary (31 km), and Padinharekara (34 km) – a beach, are some noteworthy places to visit here.
How to Get There
Calicut International Airport (36 km) is the closest major airport to Kottakkal.
Tirur Railway Station (18 km) is the closest railway station to Kottakkal city.
Various bus operators such as Kallada Travels provide excellent bus services not only to Kottakkal Bus stand in Kottakkal but also to other neighbouring cities and towns. Avail of bus ticket booking discount coupons from Ticketgoose.com when you buy your tickets online.