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 small city in Erode district of Tamil Nadu,Sathyamangalam lies on the banks of Bhavani River, a tributary of the Cauvery in the foothills of the Western Ghats. Situated on the southern side of the Western Ghats, Sathyamangalam is about 65kms from Erode and 70kms from Coimbatore.The Coimbatore-Bangalore National Highway (NH 209) passes through this town. Sathyamangalam lies close to the border of the adjoining Karnataka State.
Budget Hotels in Sathyamangalam
There are many hotels in Sathyamangalam. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay atBull and Bush Resort (Tariff Rs.500-1000), Pleasant Holiday County Resort (Tariff Rs.1000 onwards) and PV Lodge (Tariff Rs.400)
Events in Sathyamangalam
Annual festivals likePongal, Dussehra, Ramzan, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Places to See in Sathyamangalam
Bhavanisagar Dam (17kms), Sathyamangalam Forest (25kms) and Bannari Amman Temple (12kms) are places to visit near this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Coimbatore
The nearest railway station is at Erode
Sathyamangalam bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like Roadlink India Travels, SPS Travels, KPN Travels and ABT X Travelsrun regular buses to and from the town. Avail of bus ticket booking coupon when you book your tickets online.