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.
Palarivattom or Palarivattam is a region in the city of Kochi, in the state of Kerala. It is part of the district of Ernakulam. It is a commercial area, which has gained importance when the district's administration was moved to the nearby suburb of Kakkanad.
Places to Stay
There is a government run guest house for tourists, Yathri Nivas, KTDC (Tariff – Less than Rs.1000) near to Suburban complex. There are also a number of hotels, including and Narayani Lodge (Tariff – less than Rs.1000),Hotel Paragon (Tariff – Less than Rs.1000) and Westway Hotel (Tariff – Less than Rs.1000).
Malayalam is the official language of Palarivattam.
Places to Interest
Some of the places to see in Palarivattam include Raja Rajeswary temple, Hari Hara Sudha temple, the church of St John The Baptist, St Martin de Porus church, new mosque and the Jawaharlal Nehru international stadium.
How to Get There
Kochi airport is the nearest airport to Palarivattam (25 kms).
Palarivattam Junction railway station is a major railway station in the district of Ernakulam.
Some of the best bus operators that offer a good experience for passengers traveling to Palarivattam include Kallada Travels and Shama transport. Online bus booking sites have made it possible for travellers to get their bus tickets with ease.