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.
Kuthuparamba is a municipality and a town in the Kannur district of Kerala. The name of the town is derived from the word ‘Kuthu’, which is a folk dance and ‘Paramba’, which means ground. It is located 25 km away from the city of Kannur and 79 km away from Calicut. During the British Raj, Kuthuparamba was a military cantonment.
Places to Stay
Only local home stays are available in Kuthuparamba. Some hotels in the nearby city of Kannur are Malgudi Holidays (Tariff – Rs. 2350), Green Park Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1150), and Mascot Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
The official language of Kuthuparamba is Malayalam. However, English is also spoken here.
The important festivals of Kuthuparamba are the Daksha Yaga and the Kottiyoor Vysakha Mahotsavam which take place in June-July each year.
Places of Interest
Places of tourist attraction around Kuthuparamba include Payyambalam Beach (27 km), Kottiyoor Mahadeva Temple (60 km from Thalassery), Pilakoottam Makham, Palayi Kavi, and Terur Ganapathi temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kuthuparamba is the Calicut Airport. It is located about 106 km away from the town.
Kuthuparamba does not have a railway station. The nearest railway station is at Thalassery (13 km).
There are daily bus services to Bangalore (297 km), Coorg (90 km), and Trivandrum (464 km). Ashoka Travels, Lama Travels, PK Travels, and Kalpaka Travels offer reliable bus services to this town. Online bus booking in India is one of the most preferred ways of getting bus tickets to various popular places in India.