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 Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu,Pattukkottai is a part of the fertile Cauvery delta region. While a chiefly agricultural region, the town thrives mostly on fishing. Well-connected by road, the town is about 48kms from Thanjavur and the Bay of Bengal is just 12kms aways from this town. The town is well-known for its ancient sculptures and temples. The famous Manora Fort is located just 15kms from the centre of this town.
Budget Hotels in Pattukottai
There are many hotels in Pattukottai. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Abis Inn Apartment Hotel, Hotel Vanmathi Lodge and Lakshmi Lodge that offers rooms from Rs.500 onwards.
Events in Pattukottai
Annual festivals like Pongal, Dussehra, Ramzan, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here. The annual Car Festival held during the Tamil month Panguniat the Nadi Amman Temple is popular in the region.
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Places to See in Pattukottai
ArulmiguThurgai Amman Temple (13kms), Manora Global Village and Fort (15kms) are some of the famous places to visit in this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Tiruchirapalli
Pattukottai has its own railway station
Pattukottai bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like Sri Renganathan Travels, Mariya Travels, Srm Transports, Parveen Travels and Anbu Travels run regular buses to and from the town. There are numerous bus ticket online booking sites from where you will get a number of offers and discounts.