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.
The headquarters of Pathanapuram Taluk in Kerala, Punalur is situated in the banks of the Kallada River. Known as the ‘Lap of the western Ghats’, Punalur is the second-largest city in Kollam and the 5th largest city in south Kerala. NH-208 connecting Kollam - Thirumangalam Road passes through Punalur. The town is famous across the country for its paper industries. The town has a great number of educational institutions.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Punalur. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Kumar Palace, Hotel Vrindhavanam and Narendra Regency that offers rooms from Rs.1000 onwards
All annual festivals like Onam, Vishu, Dussehra, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Malayalam is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Saint Marys Cathedral Church, St. Thomas Marthoma Church and Shree Krishna Temple are located close to the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram
Punalur has its own railway stations
Punaloor bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like Kallada Travels runs regular buses to and from the town. Bus ticket online booking facility is the most convenient way of booking your tickets