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.
Kumily is a town in the South Indian state of Kerala, often referred to “God’s Own Country”. The town is a part of the famous hill-station district of Idukki. The district headquarters lies at a distance of 60 km north. Another major urban agglomeration close by is Thekkady at a distance of 2 km south. The area is famous as a tourist spot as it lies in the midst of Cardamom Hills adjacent to the Periyar Tiger Reserves.
Places to Stay
Some of the budgets (in Thekkady) you can stay in for the night are - Woodlands Prime Castle (Tariff – Rs. 900), Highrange Residency (Tariff – Rs. 975), Mount Sinai (Tariff – Rs. 500), Saleem Tower (tariff – Rs. 700) among others.
The official language of the area is Malayalam. With Tamil Nadu just next door, Tamil is also widely understood. English is also used for interactions with non-South Indian visitors.
The main events of the area are Vishu in April, Onam in August, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
The main places of interest lie in the Idukki district which is known for its greenery. Some of the places which are worth visiting are Munnar (83 km), Marayur (122 km), Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary (adjacent to Munnar) among others. The not-to-forget places within Thekkady are the Periyar Lake and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport in Kochi at a distance of 142 km.
The closest major railway station is the Ernakulam South Railway Junction at a distance of 152 km.
Both state-run as well as private operators ply their vehicles on the roads surrounding this town, among which the reputed Kallada Travels is one. State-run buses of both Kerala as well as neighbouring Tamil Nadu are active in the area. When you make use of any bus ticket offer on various travel websites, you can save a lot of money.