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 town and a municipality in Kannur district of Kerala, Mattanurlies between Kannur, Thalassery and Iritty.It is an important junction that connects Kodagu and Kannur.A small town, Mattanur is well-known for its various tourist attractions. The town is famous for musical performanceswith the traditional percussion instrument, thechenda.The folk-cultural festivals in the town are popular across the state.
Places to Stay
There are a good number of hotels in Mattannur. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Hotel Sky Park and Kanjirakkattu Heritage Home that offer rooms from Rs.1200 onwards.
The Mattanur‘Kavu’ where ancient folk rituals called Theyyam is performed from January to April is popular. The annual 8-day Utsavamat the SreeMahadeva temple, which begins on February 27th and the 8-day Kumbhamasam at PerincherySree Vishnu Kshethram during the Malayalam month of 'Uthrattathi' brings in devotees from across the state. The KottiyoorVysakhaMahotsavam commemorating the DakshaYaga is another famous festival at the temple.
Malayalam is the local language here.
Places to Visit
The Pazhassi Dam (5kms), PerincherySree Vishnu Kshethram (2kms), SreeMahadevatemple (2kms), and the ChalayilMahavishnuKshetram(2kms) are famous in the region.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Kozhikode.
The nearest railway station is at Edappally
Mattannur Bus Standruns regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like Cauvery Travels, Lama Travels, Ashoka Travel Agency and Golden Travels that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Travel websites provide several bus booking offer that will help you save money.