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.
Palai, also known as the ‘mini Vatican of India’, is a small municipal town in Kottayam. It is located 28 km from the east of Kottayam in Kerala. It also forms the headquarters of the Taluk Meenachil and Pala Revenue Division. There are many theories that point to the origin of the name for Palai. Some say that the name is derived from the mythical ocean from where nectar was churned out. Palai is also famous for being the Gateway to the Western Ghats in southern India.
Places to Stay
There are a few good budget hotels in Palai. Some of them are Vanilla County Plantation Villa (Tariff – Rs. 5200), Hotel Talabgaon Castle (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Raj Vilas Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
The official language spoken here is Malayalam. English also forms a part of the vocabulary here.
The 12-day festival called the Vaikomashtami is one of the most important festivals here. It is usually celebrated between November and December.
Places of Interest
Palai has several places of interest. There are eleven temples which fall under the Palai Taluka. The Lalam Mahadeva temple is located on the banks of the Lalam River. Besides this, there are also many churches and pilgrim centres located in Palai.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kochi Airport (68 km).
There are railway services to and fro from Palai connecting it to nearby major cities.
Bus routes are available and connect major cities in Kerala to Palai. There are daily bus services provided by travel agencies like Shah Travels, Kochi Tours, and Upasana Travels from Kottayam, Kollam, Kochi, and Kuttanad to Palai. To keep customers happy, several travel websites offer discount coupons for bus tickets on a regular basis.