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 city in the Palakkad district of Kerala, Kulappully is located 10 km away from Shoranur and is situated at the junction of Palakkad-Guruvayoor paths. It is a popular tourist destination especially for Hindu pilgrims.
Places to Stay
There are many good hotels near Kulappully. Some of them are Hotel Nila Residency (Tariff – Rs. 2000), River Retreat Heritage Ayurvedic Resort (Tariff – Rs. 3258), and Hotel Maps Residency (Tariff – Rs. 750).
The official languages of Kulappully are Malayalam and English.
The main festival of Kulappully is the five-day long Pradishta Dinam Festival celebrated at Kulappully Sree Krishna Temple. Music Festival is also organised at the temple.
Places of Interest
The famous pilgrimage site in Kulappully is the Sree Krishna Temple which was built by Maravarman Sundara Pandya around the 13th century. Other site-seeing places near Kulappully are the Indian Institute of Panchakarma (in Shornur), Kerala Kalamandalam, and Kayiliyad Pooram.
How to Get There
The nearest airports to Kulappully are the Cochin International Airport which is located 88 km away from Kulappully and the Calicut International Airport which is located about 73 km away.
The nearest railway station to Kulappully is the Shoranur Jn. Railway station. It is located 4 km away from Kulappully.
There are regular tourist bus services to Kulappully from Bangalore as well as cities in Kerala. Online ticket booking sites provide many travel packages at competitive prices, convenient schedules and great amenities. Book a bus ticket online and travel hassle free without standing in serpentine queues.