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 in the Palakkad district of Kerala, Ottapalam is situated on the banks of the Bharathappuzha river. This town has witnessed many historic events. Although the town is located only 35kms away from Palakkad, Ottapalam is said to be culturally very different from the district. The temples in this town are quite famous across the south.
Places to Stay
There are many of hotels in Ottapalam. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Ayodhya Hotel and Lodging, Aramana Hotel, Priya Hotel and Lodging and Breeze Lodge from Rs.800 onwards.
Vishu, Onam, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here. Chinakathoor Pooram held every year at Chinakathoor Kavu Temple is a famous event.
Malayalam is the local language here.
Places to Visit
Chinakathoor Kavu Temple located in the heart of town is the main attraction here. The other temples located within 2kms are Pariyanampatta Temple, Muthalappara Bhagavathi Kshetram and Killikavu temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Coimbatore (75kms)
Ottapalam has its own railway station
Ottapalam Bus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like R.K.G Travels, Sharma Transports and Atlas Travels that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com’s mobile apps is one of the most convenient ways of booking your tickets