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 city in the north-east of Kerala, Wayanad has abundant greenery and rivers. It got its name from Vayal Nadu, meaning the “land of paddy fields. This city shares its borders with two states, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Established in November 1980, Wayanad is known for its pepper, coffee, tea and cardamom plantations.
Places to Stay
Wayanad is known for its resorts and luxury hotels. But you will find budget hotels too. Some of them include The Woodsland Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Chandragiri Resort (Tariff – Rs.550) and Government Guest House Sulthan Bathery (Tariff – Rs.570).
Malayalam is the official language of Wayanad. English is also spoken and understood in the area.
The major festivals of Wayanad include Vishu in April and Onam in September-October.
Places of Interest
Wayanad has several places of tourists’ interest. Some of them include Sulthan Bathery (16.9 km), Kalpetta (17.8 km), Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary (18.3 km), Vythiri (23.5 km) and Lakkidi (28 km).
How to Get There
The best way to reach Wayanad by air is through Kozhikode airport, which is about 60 km away. Another airport close to this place is Mysore airport located about 110 km from this city.
Nilambur Road railway station is only 45 km away from here. Chemancheri railway station about 50 km from this city is another option.
You can get regular buses from Kannur, Kozhikode, Hyderabad, Mangalore, Coimbatore, Salem, Madurai, Pune and Kochi. Several top operators like SKS Travels and AR Travels ply their buses on this route. Booking bus tickets is very easy these days through various bus booking websites like Ticketgoose.com.