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.
Padmanabha Swamy Temple is a popular Vishnu temple in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram. Constructed in the Dravidan style, the temple is a replication of the Adikesava Perumal temple in Kanyakumari. Considered to be one of the 108 Divya Desams or the abode of Vishnu, the temple holds several festivals, which attract a huge number of devotees every year.
Places to Stay
There are several budget hotels in Thiruvananthapuram. Some of them include Blue Nest Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Adrak Hotel (Tariff – Rs.900) and Regency Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000).
Malayalam is the official language of this place. English is also spoken and understood.
Some of the major events held at the temple are the 10-day Panguni Festival held in March-April, Navratri and Swathi music festival in September-October, Alpashy Festival in October-November and Laksha Deepam held every six years.
Places of Interest
Padmanabha Swamy Temple attracts a huge number of devotees. There are other attractions in Thiruvanathapuram, which are worth visiting. Some of them include Napier Museum (4 km), Shanghumukham Beach (7 km), Padmanabhapuram Palace (11 km) and Poovar Island (28 km).
How to Get There
Trivandrum International Airport is only 3 km away from the temple premises.
Trivandrum Railway Station located 2 km from here is the major railhead connecting the city to other cities.
Buses are available from Bangalore, Chennai and Coimbatore. Kallada Travels, City Travles, A1 Travels and ARC Travels are some of the top operators plying their buses on this route. Avail of online bus tickets through Ticketgoose.com when plan your holiday.