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.
Srirangam is an island and a part of Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu. It has the Cauvery River on one side and the Kaveri distributary on the other side. Srirangam is filled with a large number of Lord Vishnu followers. The temples here act as a large contributor to the economy of the town as large crowds of tourists come in every year for festive celebrations.
Places to Stay
There are plenty of budget accommodation options for visitors such as Sri Rangaa Pilgrims House, PLA Residency, Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation Hotel are within the range of Rs.1700.
Krishna Ashtami, Ugadi, VijayaDashami, Diwali, Eid and Rama Navami are celebrations that take place annually.
Tamil is the primary language spoken. Hindi is well understood.
Places to Visit
Sri Ranganathaswamy temple, Ammamandapam bank of river Cauvery are must see places.
How to Get There
The Tiruchirapalli International Airport is 11km from here and is well connected to domestic and international services. Alternatively, Thanjavur Airport which is at 55km away provides domestic connections too.
The Srirangam railway station has regular trains to Tiruchirapalli. Passengers can book trains to other cities and towns from Tiruchirapalli.
While the Srirangam bus station has a great number of TNPRTC and private operators running bus services to other cities, travellers would need to access Tiruchirapalli for better connectivity. You can get online bus booking offers through various travel websites, especially during festive occasions.