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.
Vazhakulam in Kerala’s Ernakulam district has earned the sobriquet of Pineapple City, as it is full of pineapple gardens. It has also emerged as the largest pineapple market in Asia. The city also houses a Pineapple Research Station that aids farmers in research. Vazhakulam is located on the Muvattupuzha-Thodupuzha Road.
Places to Stay
In terms of hotels, Vazhakulam does not have many options. However, tourists can stay in Ernakulam, which is 25 km from here. Some of the budget hotels include Adams Woodhouse (Tariff –Rs.750), AV Residency (Tariff –Rs.911), and Arshatheeram Tourist Zone (Tariff –Rs.997).
Malayalam and English are the official languages of Vazhakulam.
Vishu in April and Onam in August-September and Christmas are the most important festivals celebrated in this city.
Places of Interest
There are a number of places worth visiting in and around the city. Some of them include Pudussery Kalari Bhagavathi temple, Holy Family Church and Carmel Monastery within the city. Other places include Memadangu (27 km) and Avoly (31 km).
How to Get There
About 23 km from Vazhakulam is the Cochin Airport, which is the closest to the city.
The major rail head connecting this city is in Ernakulam, located about 25 km from here.
Buses ply regularly from Ernakulam, Kozikode, Bangalore, Hosur, Kasarkode, Kollur, Mangalore and Udupi. Sri Durgamba Travels and Kallada Travels cater to the passengers travelling on this route. You can get discounted bus tickets to popular tourist destinations through a number of online bus booking portals.