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.
Kumbanad, a coastal town in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district, got its name from two words namely, Kumbhi and Nadu, meaning land of elephants. There was a time when elephants and wild animals used to roam around within close proximity to this town. Thiruvalla-Kumbazha Highway passes through this town. There are numerous churches in this region.
Places to Stay
Those visiting Kumbanad prefer booking accommodation facilities in Chengannur, which is 9 km away, as there are good budget hotels in this area. Some of these hotels are Hotel Pournami (Tariff – Rs.491), Hotel Priya (Tariff – Rs.765) and Hotel Santhi Palace (Tariff – Rs.701).
The people here speak in Malayalam.
The important festivals celebrated in Kumbanad are Maha Shivratri in February, Vishu in April, Onam in September, Navratri in September-October, Diwali in October-November and Christmas in December.
Places of Interest
Kumbanad has many tourist attractions in and around its vicinity. These places include Haripad (33 km), Peruvelicahal Lake (26 km), Mallappally (12 km) and Chengannur (19 km) away from Kumbanad.
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport is the closest airport, being 126 km away from Kumbanad.
Kumbanad Junction is just 500 m from Kumbanad centre.
There are regular state-run and private buses that ply between neighbouring cities and towns. Private bus operators such as SPS Travels, Shama Travels and Angel Travels run buses daily from Bangalore and Coimbatore to Kumbanad. Using bus ticket booking coupons to book your tickets will help you get discounts for your journey.