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.
Thampanoor is a town situated near the Arabian Sea, in Thiruvananthapuram city in Kerala. The weather is pleasant throughout the year. The town is a major commercial centre and Trivandrum’s main bus stand and railway station are located in this area. The town is also recognized as the geographical
centre of the city.
Places to stay
Elisa international (Tariff –Rs. 1000), Arya Niwas hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Chaithram hotel (Tariff –Rs. 1000) are the hotels with good ambience and pocket friendly rates.
Malayalam is the official language here. Konkani, English, Hindi, Tamil, and Tulu are also spoken by some of the residents.
All major festivals of Kerala such as Onam (August-September), Attukal Pongola, Arattu, Chandanakudam Maholsavam (February), Gramam (Kerala village fair, January, Kovalam), and Nishagandhi dance and music festival, are celebrated with great fanfare and enthusiasm.
Places of interest
There are many tourist attractions in nearby Trivandrum. The renowned Kovalam beach is situated around 11 km from here.
How to Get There
Trivandrum Airport (7 km) is the nearest airport. A prepaid taxi or auto will help you reach the place easily.
Trivandrum Central railway station is situated in Thampanoor city. Trivandrum Pett Railway Station (2 km) is a nearby major station.
Central Bus Station or Thampanoor Bus Station is the main bus service with frequent busses to Thiruvananthapuram. It also serves as the headquarters of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation. The online bus ticket booking facility at Ticketgoose.com can save you a lot of time and energy.