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.
Walayar is a small town located on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border and is a part of the Coimbatore district in Tamil Nadu. It is situated 32 km away from Coimbatore and 26 km away from Palakkad. The most distinct feature of Walayar is its check post which is signified by an arch. Timber exporting is one of the occupations, along with the revenue collection at the toll booth.
Places to Stay
Walayar has a few budget hotel options for the discerning traveller. Of these, Walayar Motels (Tariff – Rs. 500-1000) is the best choice for it provides all amenities at a reasonable cost.
The official language of Walayar is Tamil. Malayalam and English are also spoken here.
The important festivals of Walayar are Vinayaga Chathurthi, Sankranthi in Thai maasam and Deepavali.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in and around Walayar. The local Deer Park is a must-see attraction for tourists, especially during season. Kalpathy Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located about 29 km away from the town. Brahmaneeswara Temple, also dedicated to Lord Shiva is about 32 km away.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Walayar is Coimbatore International Airport. The airport is located about 32 km away from the area.
Walayar railway station is connected by Coimbatore Terminus (32 km) on the Southern Railway Line. Trains to all major destinations in the south halt here.
There are daily bus services to Chennai, Dharmapuri, Pondicherry, Bangalore and other places. Bus operators that offer good service to passengers are Kallada Travels, G4 Kallada Travels and Nellipilly (Modern) Travels. Travellers can make use of online bus tickets booking facility provided by a number of travel websites.