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.
Manur, a city in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district is located along National Highway 66 and Tiruchi-Chennai Highway. This city lies on the border of Tirunelveli and Tuticorin. Some of the nearby cities include Surandai, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli and Vikramasingapuram. There are many lakes surrounding this region.
Places to Stay
There are no hotels and lodging in Manur. Tindivanam which is 7 km away from Manur provides affordable budget hotels. Some of these are Rajagopal Lodge (Tariff – Rs.196), Heera Lodge (Tariff – Rs.344) and L.K.Residency (Tariff – Rs.614).
The official language spoken here is Tamil.
The important festivals celebrated here are Pongal in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Tamil New Year in April, Krishna Jayanthi in August, Navratri during September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
There are a few tourist attractions around this area. These include Tindivanam (7 km), Marakkanam (33 km), French Beach (38 km), Kanthadu Reserve Forest (26 km), Chunampet Forest (35 km) and Modaiyur Lake 23 km away from this city.
How to Get There
Tuticorin Airport, located 484 km away from Manur is the nearest airport.
The nearest railway station, Thalaiyuthu Railway Station is 487 km away from this area.
Manur is well connected by buses from neighbouring states through surrounding National Highways. Private bus operators run Volvo AC buses to this locality. Online bus ticket reservation is the best way to get your tickets without standing in serpentine queues.