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.
Ponkunnam is a census town in the eastern high-ranges of Kerala and part of the Kottayam district. Ponkunnam literally means "The Town with a Golden Mountain." It is located 35 kms towards east from district head quarters Kottayam and 148 kms from state capital Thiruvananthapuram. This part of Kerala is famous for its fertile lands and rubber plantations.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available Kanjirappally (6 kms). Some of them are Green Park Hotel (Tariff - Rs.1100), Hill Top Hotel (Tariff - Rs.900) and Marias Homestay (Tariff - Rs.2000).
The official language is Malayalam.
Some of the events in Ponkunnam are Thiruvutsavam of Elamgulam Sree Dharma Sastha (January), Perunal of Holy Family Church Ponkunnam (January) and Perunal of Elamgulam St. Mary’s Church (December).
Places to Visit
Chirakkadava Sri Mahadevar Temple, Ponkunnam Puthiyakavil Devi Temple and St. Mary’s Church are places to see in Ponkunnam.
How to Get There
The nearest Airport is Cochin International Airport, Kochi (94 km).
Kottayam Rail Way Station is major railway station 31 KM near to Ponkunnam.
Ponkunnam has one KSRTC Bus stand and one private bus stand. Daily, there are many buses to Kottayam, Changanassery, Kochi, Banglore etc. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers traveling to Ponkunnam include Kallada Travels (Suresh Kallada), SPS Travels. If you are planning a vacation, book bus online and remain tension free.