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 city and municipality in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, Ramanathapuram, also known as Ramnad,is located on south east of the state. Well-connected to Madurai through the NH 49, Ramanathapuram is also connected to the state capital via the East Coast Road. The Pamban Bridge that extends between India and the island nation of Sri Lanka, and separate the Palk Strait from the Gulf of Mannar is located here.
Budget Hotels in Ramanathapuram
There are many hotels in Ramanathapuram. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Hotel Rupee Lodge (Tariff Rs.300 onwards), Hotel Rupee Sky Palace (Tariff Rs.800 onwards) and Aishwarya Hotel (Tariff Rs.300 onwards).
Events in Ramanathapuram
Annual festivals likePongal, Dussehra, Ramzan, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here.
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Places to See in Ramanathapuram
Ramalingavilasam Palace (1km), Uchipuli Beach (27kms), Arulmighu Sri MuthumariammanAlayam, Kirubasanam Church of Christ and RamnadAyyappanKovilare places of interest within 2kms of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai
Ramanathapuramhas its own railway station
Ramanathapuram bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travels, Universal Travels and SRM Transports run regular buses to and from the town. Online bus reservation facility has made the process of bus booking in India very convenient.