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.
A town in the Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu,Panruti is located between Cuddalore and Viluppuram. The town is famous for its Jack fruit and Cashews, which is exported across the globe. The State Highway that connects Chennai-Kumbakonam and Cuddalore-Chittoorpasses through this town.The Rathinampillai market located in the centre of town attracts people from neighbouring towns and villages everyday.
Places to Stay
There are good hotels in Panruti. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Maharaj Lodge and Vaigai Lodge that offers rooms from Rs.400 onwards.
Pongal, Diwali, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Tamil is the local language here.
Places to Visit
Thiruvathigai Temple (2kms) and ArulmiguVeeratteswarar temple (3kms) are places to visit here.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Chennai (200kms)
Panrutihas its own railway station
Union Office Bus Stop, KuttaiThearu Bus Stop, Oil Mill Bus Stop, Panruti Bus Stand, Pakkiriplayam Bus Stop and Housing Board Bus Stop run regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like Universal Travelsthat offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Opt for booking your tickets in advance and get cheap bus tickets from several travel portals.