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.
Sivagiri in Kerala is a renowned pilgrimage hub situated about 3 km away from Varkala. The Sivagiri Mutt, atop the Sivagiri Hill, draws a huge number of pilgrims throughout the year, especially during the ashram’s annual festival celebrated in December-January. The ashram was set up by sage Sri Narayana Guru in 1904. As it is very close to Varkala, which is popular for its beaches, it attracts several tourists from near and far.
Places to Stay
You can find plenty of budget hotels in Varkala, which is 3 km away. Some of them include Karthika Plaza Resort (Tariff –Rs. 1,000), Woodhouse Beach Resort (Tariff –Rs.900) and Hill View Beach Resort (Tariff –Rs.900).
Malayalam is the official language of Sivagiri. English is also spoken and understood.
Sivagiri ashram’s annual festival in December-January and the birth anniversary of Sri Narayana Guru celebrated annually in August-September are the two major events in Sivagiri.
Places of Interest
The Sivagiri Mutt situated within the town is a huge crowd puller. Other places of attraction nearby include Janardanaswamy Temple (3 km), Varkala Beach (5 km), Anjengo Fort (10 km), Sarkara Devi Temple (11 km), and Kappil Lake (11 km).
How to Get There
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, which is 45 km away, is the nearest from the town.
Varkala railway station is only 2 km away from this town.
Buses are available from Kollam, Tirunelveli and Varkala. Kallada Travels is one of the top operators plying its buses on this route. The number of bus booking sites is increasing by the day. So, whenever you want to book your tickets online log on to anyone of them and get your tickets