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.
Formerly a French colony, Mahé, which now comes under the Mahé district of the Union Territory of Puducherry, which is on the east coast, is surrounded by Kannur and Calicut District of Kerala. Also known as Mayyazhi, Maheis famous for the St. Teresa's Church, which brings in people from Singapore, Sri Lanka and England every year during the annual festival. Tourism is the main source of income for the people living here.
Places to Stay
There are a good number of hotels in Mahe. Tourists visiting the place can stay Hotel Safair, Hotel Jaypees and Hotel Rajeev that offers rooms starting from Rs.700 onwards.
The major festival in this region is Vishu and Christmas. The annual festival held at St. Teresa's Church from October 5th to 22nd brings in pilgrims from across the globe.
The major languages are Malayalam, Tamil and French.
Places to Visit
The MahéPalli (Mahé Church), Sree krishna temple and Sree Kurumba Bagavathi Temple are located in the heart of town is a famous pilgrimage centre of Mahe.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Calicut (85kms)
Mahe has its own railway station
Kovukkal Bus Stop, Mahe Railway Station Bus Stop, Mahe Police Station Bus Stop, New Mahe Bus Stop, Mammimukku Bus Stop, MahePaalam Bus Stop and KallayiChungam Bus Stoprun regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators Blessy Travels that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Through bus booking offers you can get a lot of discount while booking your tickets