Kanchipuram also known as “Kanchi” is a popular city of Tamil Nadu. It is a household name amongst the ladies of the country for the city’s most popular products – Kanchipuram Silk Sarees. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the state capital of Chennai, at a distance of 69 km east on the Bay of Bengal coast. Temple, cuisine as well as Saree-lovers must visit this place once in Chennai.
Places to Stay
There are a lot of budget hotels in the city; some of the options which are worth trying out are Sree Sakthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 700), Baboo Soorya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Tamil Nadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), S.S.K Inn (Tariff – Rs. 600) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. Hindi and English are also understood.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Some of the places worth visiting in the area are the Varadharaja Perumal Temple, where Brahmotsava is the main festival. Pandava Thoothar Perumal Temple celebrates Uthiram as an important festival every year in the month of March-April. Vedantangal Bird Sanctuary are Muttukkadu are other places worth a visit. A Kanchipuram tor would be incomplete without a visit to the local market place.
How to Get There
The Chennai International Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 62 km
Kanchipuram Railway Station is a major station, which connects the place to other popular Indian as well as regional cities.
Buses, both state-run as well as private, to the area are readily available from Chennai. Ticketgoose.com’s bus booking online service is the best way to buy your bus tickets.
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.