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.
Mundakayam, a lush green village located in Kerala’s Kottayam district, is the doorway to the rugged mountain range in the regions. River Manimala runs through this area. This village lies on the border of Kottayam and Idukki districts. Some of the nearby cities include Pathanamthitta, Erattupetta, Palai and Thiruvalla.
Places to Stay
Mundakayam does not have lodging facilities in the area. Kottayam, which is 52 km away from Mundakayam, has budget hotels. Some of these are Metro Lodge (Tariff – Rs.295), Hotel Vani (Tariff – Rs.837) and Brindavan Homestay (Tariff – Rs.857).
The official language spoken by the people of Mundakayam is Malayalam.
The important festivals in Mundakayam are Maha Shivratri in February, Vishu in April, and Onam in September.
Places of Interest
Mundakayam has many places of tourist attractions in and around the vicinity. Some of these are Periyar Tiger Reserve (20 km), Kanjirappally (15 km), Ponkunnam (20 km), Erattupetta (26 km) and rubber plantation near Chemmalamattom 20 km away from Mundakayam.
How to Get There
The nearest airport, Cochin International Airport, is located 108 km away from Mundakayam.
There is no railway station in this village. Kottayam Railway Station is the nearest railway station located 51 km away from Mundakayam.
Mundakayam has regular state-run and private buses that connect the village to other nearby cities. There are daily bus trips from popular cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Trissnappilly and Kerala to Mundakayam run by private bus operators such as Kallada Travels, Surya Travels and Atlas Travels.Get online bus tickets to more than 4,000 destinations by logging on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking website of India.