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.
Pala also known as Palai, is a municipal town 27 kms east of Kottayam in the state of Kerala. It is situated 173 kms north from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, on the banks of the Meenachil river. Pala is one of the main gateways to the southern high ranges of Western Ghats. A majority of the population in Pala are farmers and businessmen. The main cultivation in Pala is rubber, pepper, coconut and tapioca.
Places to Stay
Some of the budget hotels in Pala are Hotel Maharani (Tariff – Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000), Blue Moon Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500 to Rs. 1000), Hotel Rajadhani (Tariff – Rs.500 to Rs.1000), and Sangham Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500 to Rs.1000).
Malayalam is the official language of Pala.
Jubilee Festival is celebrated every year on the 8th of December in Pala.
Places to Visit
The main attraction of Pala is the shrine Kurisupally, in the name of St. Mary and Pala Diocese. Other attractions are the 11 temples in Pala municipality. Among them Lalam Mahadeva temple is the most famous. It is also called Dakshina Kasi (Kasi of South). Kadappattor Mahadeva temple is also a popular Hindu temple in this region. This temple is situated on the bank of Meenachil river. Thousands of pilgrims visit the Kadappattoor temple every year, on their way to Sabarimala.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Pala is the Kochi International Airport, Nedumbassery (75 kms).
The nearest major railway station to Pala is the Kottayam Railway Station (27 kms).
The town of Pala is well connected to all the major places in south India. Some of the best bus operators that offer good a experience for passengers traveling to Pala include Kallada Travels (Suresh Kallada), SPS Travels India and Atlas Travels. You can get discount coupons for bus booking if you plan to book your bus tickets at least a fortnight prior to your journey.