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.
A city and headquarters of the Malappuram district in Kerala, Malappuram id located 12kms from NH 66 (formerly NH 17). Mountainous, lush green region, the city is situated 50kms southeast of Kozhikode. The well-known river in the state, Kadalundi Puzha flows through this city. Industries related to wood are a major source of income in this city. The city has a large number of places of worship and the festivals held at all of them are famous across the region.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Malappuram. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Tamarind KTDC Easy Hotel Kondotty (Tariff-Rs.1,320) and Greenhouse Homestay (Tariff-Rs. 1,250)
Thirumandhamkunnu Pooram and Kottakkal pooram (March–April), Nilambur Pattu (January), Kondotty Nercha (March), Vairamkode Vela or Theeyaattu (February), Puthenpalli Nercha Omanur Nercha and Malaparamba Perunnal are some of the festivals held in this city.
Malayalam is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The Ma'din Grand Masjid, Hajiyarpalli Masjid, Mylappuram Juma Masjid, Kunnummal Juma Masjid, Sree Parammal Mahadheva Temple and Triparangode Lord Siva Temple are located within 2kms from the bus stand. The famous Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is located 35kms from the city.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Karipur International Airport (25kms)
The nearest railway station is at Angadipuram (17kms)
Malappuram bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like KTC Tours, Parveen Travels and Kallada Travels run regular buses to and from the city. TicketGoose.com, a leading Online Bus Ticket Booking Service, provides low price, high quality options for bus travellers. Travellers can choose from multiple top operators, bus types, convenient schedules and price. Book your bus ticket online through Ticketgoose.com.