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 town and a municipality in Palakkad district of Kerala, Shoranur is located on the banks of the Bharathapuzha River. The premier centre for classical arts is located in this town, which attracts artists from across the globe. The town is a part of the district's industrial belt, where a large number of agricultural tools are manufactured. Considered a major transport hub, Shornur Junction is the largest Railway Junction in Kerala.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Shornur. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at Hotel Gayathri Regency and Hotel Samudra Regency that offers rooms from Rs.1500 onwards.
All annual festivals like Onam, Vishu, Diwali, Dussehra, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here.
Malayalam is the Local Language
Places to Visit
Muthappan Temple, Maariyamman Kovil, Kuzhukottu Kavu and St. Antony's Church located near the bus stand are well-known places of worship in Shornur.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Calicut
Shornur has its own Railway Station
Shornur has regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like Atlas Travels, Kerala Lines and Kallada Travels that run regular buses to and from the town. Bus ticket booking offer can help you save money when you go on your vacations.