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.
One of the oldest cities in Kottayam district of Kerala, Vaikom is situated very close to Cochin (31 km). The western side of the city is surrounded by the Vembanad Lake. This city is known for its Vaikom Shiva Temple, which is called the Thekkan Kashi (Kashi of the South). It attracts a huge number of pilgrims from near and far during Vaikkom Ashthami, which is held in November.
Places to Stay
Vaikom has plenty of luxury hotels. But if you are looking out for budget hotels, then Cochin (31 km) from here has a number of options to choose from like Ceylon Bake House (Tariff –Rs. 1,000), Holiday Inn Cochin (Tariff –Rs. 900) and Hotel Green Dreams (Tariff –Rs. 1,000).
Malayalam is the official language of Vaikom. English is also spoken and understood.
Vaikkom Ashthami is a major event celebrated in this city in November. Other festivals of this place include Vishu and Easter in April, Onam in August and Christmas.
Places of Interest
There are several places of interest in and around Vaikom like Cochin (31 km), Aroor (33 km), Kumarakom (34 km) and Alleppey (38 km).
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport, which is 56 km from here, is the closest to the city.
The major railhead connecting this place to other major cities is Kottayam railway station (35 km).
Regular buses are available from Bangalore, Visakhapatnam and Chennai. Kallada Travels is one of the top operators plying on this route. When you are booking a bus ticket online, check out for the numerous offers that several bus booking websites give from time to time.