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 in Karaikal, Thirunallar is well-known for being the only temple dedicated to Lord Shani. The Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple also houses Lord Darbharanyeswaran, a form of Lord Shiva. According to legends King Nala is said to have been relieved of his afflictions after worshipping in this temple, hence millions throng the shrine all through the year. Nala Theertam in this temple attracts devotees who bathe here to dispense off their misfortune and bad karma.
Places to Stay
Being a highly revered pilgrimage centre, Thirunallar offers travellers a wide variety of options for accommodation. Places like Hotel Moonpark, Guru Residency and Senthil Palace near the bus stand offer accommodations from Rs.700 onwards.
The annual temple festivals and religious festivals are celebrated here with great fervour.
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Other than the Thirunallar Saneeswaran Temple within the town, pilgrims can also visit neighbouring temple towns like, Thirukadaiyur (30kms from Thirunallar), Thirumanancheri (48kms from Thirunallar) and the popular Karaikal Beach.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Trichy (Thiruchirapalli) which is around 140kms away
The nearest railway station is at Karaikal (15kms)
Thirunallar bus stand has regular bus service that connects the town to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like SRS Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Ticketgoose.com enables its customers to get cheap bus tickets online.