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.
Kuttikkanam is a village in Idukki district of Kerala. It is located 75 km from Idukki and 120 km from Kochi. This hill station is not as famous as other hill stations of Kerala. It is surrounded by plantations of cardamom and tea, gardens with rare varieties of flowers, green slopes and rivers. It has a pleasing environment making it one of the best holiday spots. During the British rule, Kuttikkanam was used as a summer retreat.
Places to Stay
Thekkady (35 km from Kuttikkanam) has many budget hotels. Some of them are Dreamland Homestay (Tariff – Rs. 1300), Hotel Sithara International (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Oasis Homestay (Tariff – Rs. 800) and Mount Sinai (Tariff – Rs. 500).
Malayalam is the official language of Kuttikkanam. The other language spoken here is English.
The important festivals of Kuttikkanam are Onam in August and Christmas in December.
Places of Interest
The tourist places around the hill station of Kuttikkanam are Peeru Hills (1 km), Thrisangu Hills (1.5 km), Valanjanganam Waterfalls (1.5 km), Grampi (10 km) and Panchalimedu (14 km).
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport is nearest to Kuttikkanam. It is located about 118 km from the hill station.
There are many express trains to Kottayam (70 km from Kuttikkanam) from Chennai, Bangalore, Mangalore, Hyderabad and Vijayawada.
There are few buses to Kuttikkanam from Bangalore and Chennai. Kallada Travels and SRS travels are private operators providing bus services. Opt for online bus ticket booking to visit all the popular destinations across India.