Kalamassery is a suburb of Kochi, an urban hub in the South Indian state of Kerala. There are a number of fertilizers and chemical industries in this place due to which a companies have also been flagging in this area. By virtue of its location close to an estuary and the sea, the air carries a lot of humidity. Those with a desire to try out temples, beaches and South Indian cuisine should try this place out.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Kalamassery that are suitable for budget travelers; some of the options include the Royal Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Chandrika Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs. 900), MIK Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs. 900) and YMC Youth centre (Tariff – Rs. 800) among others.
Kochi Festival is celebrated in Fort Kochi is the last ten days of December. Kochi Muziris Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art held after every two years between November-January. Some of the other important festivals of the area are Vishu in April, Onam in August, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Malayalam is the local language spoken in. English is a commonly used language.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Kalamassery are the Museum of Kerala History, St. Mary’s Jacobite Syrian Church, and St. Pious Church along with many other temples and churches all within a 20 km radious.
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport is 19 km away, with many international and domestic flights plying to and fro.
Ernakulum Junction and Ernakulum Town are the two main railway stations which are well connected to Chennai, Mumbai, Coimbatore, and Calicut and are located at distances of 14 and 10 km respectively.
Buses from all the major cities of Kerala are available for the area. Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.
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.