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 and a Municipality in Theni district of Tamil Nadu, Periyakulam lies at the foothills of the Western Ghats bordering on Kerala. The town is also known as the ‘Mango City’ as a major share of the mangoes produced in the state comes from this town. Located on the 'Varaha' river, Periyakulam is sometimes called ‘pi City’ forit’s famous sweet pi. The town gets its sweet water from the Berijam Lake in Kodaikanal.
Budget Hotels in Periyakulam
There are many hotels in Periyakulam. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Hotel Rajendra, MSP Lodge, Sri Siva Lodge and Sri Rajaram Lodgethat offers rooms from Rs.500 onwards.
Events in Periyakulam
Annual festivals like Pongal, Dussehra, Ramzan, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here.
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Places to See in Periyakulam
Balasubramanian Temple (2kms), VaradharajaPerumal Temple (.5kms), Sothuparai Dam (9 km), Kumbakarai Falls (8 km), TheerthaThotti (2 km), Vaigai Dam (15 km) and Manjalar Dam (18 km)are some of the places to visit in this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai
The nearestrailway station is at Theni
Periyakulam bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like Joy Travels, SRM Transports, Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travels and JR Travels run regular buses to and from the town. While booking your tickets online, look out for bus booking offer that many bus booking portals provide.