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.
Palani is a city in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu. Home to sacred shrines, it is well-known for its Kartikeya temple which attracts 7 million devotees every year. As per the 2011 census, Palani has an average literacy rate of 83.23%. National Highway-209 connects Palani to the cities of Coimbatore and Bangalore.Palani is also famous for its traditional Indian medicine practice, called Siddha Vaidyam.The place is well connected by air, road and rail.
Budget Hotels in Palani
There are good budget hotels in Palani. Some of them are Hotel Temple View (Tariff – Rs. 700 onwards), The Royal Park (Tariff – Rs. 650 onwards), Sriram Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), and Tamil Nadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500 onwards).
The official language of Palani is Tamil. The other language spoken here is English.
Events in Palani
The important festivals celebrated in Palani are Thai Poosam, Agni Nakshatram and Chitra Pournami.
Places to See in Palani
There are several places of tourist interest in Palani. Some of these sights include the Thiru Avinankudi Temple (1.5 km), Murugan Temple (2 km),Kothaimangalam Wetlands (4 km), Varathamanathi Dam(7 km), Kannadi Perumal Temple (9 km),Kongur Wetland (25 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport is Coimbatore International Airport which is approximately 116 km away.
Palani Railway Station is centrally located in the town and connects it to major cities in the state.
There are bus services to Palani from Chennai, Dindigul, Coimbatore, Madurai, Erode, Tirupur, Trichy, Kodaikanal and other cities in Tamil Nadu. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers wishing to travel to Palani include SRS Travels Bangalore, KPN Travels and Parveen Travels. Several bus booking portals provide online bus booking offers to lure their customers.