If you are thrilled about South India and want to try the cuisine, temples, hills, cultural diversity, Ettimadai is one of the places where you need to be in. The sub-urban area is considered to be an outskirts area of Coimbatore. The heart of Coimbatore lies at a distance of 21 km north of the area. Ettimadai is also known for its greenery.
Places to Stay
Being a small place, naturally there will be no places to put up for the night. One is forced to venture into Coimbatore for lodging. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Raamus Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Vinayak Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Sri Krishna Vilas (Tariff – Rs. 900), KK Residency Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in Januray, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The place does not have anything interesting to offer other than its greenery, unlike Coimbatore where some of the must-see sites include TNAU Botanical Gardens, Gass Forest Museum, Government Museum, Siruvani Waterfalls, Vaideki Falls, VOC Park and Zoo, Marudamalai Murugan Temple, CSI Immanuel Church among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Coimbatore International Airport at a distance of 29 km.
Coimbatore Junction Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 19 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses pass through the area. Parveen Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Buses to the area are available from Coimbatore. Most of the travellers these days opt for online bus ticket reservation.
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.