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 the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram is located on Pamban Island and is separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel. Situated in the Gulf of Mannar, at the very tip of the Indian peninsula, Rameswaram is about 50kms from Mannar Island in Sri Lanka. The town is connected to mainland India by the Pamban Bridge. Hindus consider Rameswaramone of the holiest places in India and the temple town is art of the Char Dham (four most important holy centres) pilgrimage.The Rameswaram TV Tower is the tallest tower in India
Budget Hotels in Rameswaram
There are many hotels in Rameswaram. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay atHotel Brindavan Residency (Tariff Rs.1,129), Hotel MCM Towers (Tariff Rs.1300), Hotel Queen Palace (Tariff Rs.1,506) and Hotel Vinayaga (Tariff Rs.1,687).
Events in Rameswaram
Annual festivals like Pongal, Dussehra, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here. The annual two-day Saint Anthony fest at the island draws huge number of people. Other prominent celebrations include Car festival (February-March), Kavadi Festivals (April), Tiru Kalyana (July-August) and Karthika Deepam festival (November)
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Places to See in Rameswaram
Ramanathaswamy Temple and Temple Tanks (1km), Gandhamathana Parvatham (3kms) and Dhanushkodi (18kms) are places of interest in this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai
Rameswaramhas its own railway station
Rameswaram bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like Universal Travels and SRM Transportsrun regular buses to and from the town. Book your bus ticket online through Ticketgoose.com.