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.
Sivakasi is a town famous for the firecrackers and match factories that it produce. The town is located n the Virudhunagar District of Tamil Nadu. The town is known to ancient city since it has been around for more than 500 years. It is said that the place had been ruled by the prominent dynasties like Pandyas, Vijayanagar Empire, Madurai Nayaks, Chanda Sahib, Carnatic kingdom and lastly British.
Budget Hotels in Sivakasi
There are good budget hotels in Sivakasi. Some of them are Chidambaram Hotel (Tariff – Rs.550), Hotel Gokulesh Hotel n (Tariff – Rs.1000) and Pandiyan Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000) .
The official language of Sivakasi is Tamil. The other languages spoken include English
Events in Sivakasi
Chithirai Pongal and Panguni Pongal are the two festival s most popular in Sivakasi.
Places to See in Sivakasi
There are several places of tourist attraction in Sivakasi. Some of the places include Badrakaliamman Temple (26 kms from) , Kachakara Amman Koil (55 kms from Sivakasi ) and Swamy Kasi Viswanatha Thirukoil (10 kms from Sivakasi).
How to Get There
The only nearest airport to Sivakasi is Madurai International Airport,. It is located abour 74 kms away from Sivakasi
Sivakasi railway station is well connected to all the major cities of Tamil Nadu. There are trains from Tamil Nadu to Kerala through Rajapalayam and Sengottai. Most of the express trains are available only from Virudunagar station.
There are from bus services from Sivakasi to important cities like Chennai, Tiruppur and Thoothukudi Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include KRS Travels, Kalyan Travels, and Tharun Krishna Transports. Online bus booking facility enables you to get your tickets from the confines of your home.