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.
Kumbakonam is known for the famous Kumbeswarar and Sarangapani temples. This spiritual town is located between the rivers Cauvery and Arasalar. This temple town which is a part of the Tanjavur District of Tamil Nadu, is more famous for old ancient temples. Having existed during the Sangam period, Kumbakonam was the capital city when Chola dynasty was ruling the place.
Budget Hotels in Kumbakonam
There are good budget hotels in Kumbakonam. Some of them are Rayas Group of Hotels (Tariff – Rs.1001), Indeco Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Pandiyan Hotel (Tariff – Rs.501) and MIM Park Hotel (Tariff – Rs.550).
The official language of Kumbakonam is Tamil. The other languages spoken include Telugu and English.
Events in Kumbakonam
Some famous festivals and events of Kumbakonam include Ganapati (Ganesha) Festival (August/September), Shaniwarwada Dance Festival and Sawai Gandharva Music Festival.
Places to See in Kumbakonam
There are several places of tourist attraction in Kumbakonam. Some of the places include A Srinivasa Ramanujan House (25kmsfrom Tanjore ), Kumbeswarar (2km from bus stand), Sarangapani ( 3km from bus stand), Nageswarar Temple (2Km from bus stand) and Venkatachalapathy Swamy Temple (10Km from Kumbakonam)
How to Get There
The nearest airport that is closer to Kumbakonam is the Trichy Airport. The airport can be reached within 4 hours. This airport serves adjacent districts of Tamil Nadu.
Tiruchirappalli Junction stands at tenth position for the best railway stations in India. This railway line is well connected to major cities of the state.
There are a number of private buses in Kumbakonam. Mostly Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka operate buses to Kumbakonam. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include A1 Travels, Tippu Sultans Tavels abd Rathi Meena Travels. Several bus booking portals offer bus ticket booking coupon on their sites. Look out for discount codes when you book your tickets.