The city of Bangalore is India’s third largest city and the state capital of Karnataka, known for being a modern, cosmopolitan metropolis at the helm of the country’s IT-boom. Bangalore is a shopper’s haven overrun with big malls and shopping districts, as well as a food lover’s paradise with one of the highest concentrations of places to eat in the continent. Spotted with parks and natural lakes, Bangalore is alternately known as ‘The Garden City of India.’ Recently voted as the most livable metro in the country, Bangalore is known as‘Pensioner’s Paradise’ on the one hand and as ‘Start-up City,’ on the other, attracting youth from across the world with its trending markets and rapid availability of jobs. With Bangalore’s ever-doubling IT infrastructure, it is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of India.
Another aspect of Bangalore is soaked in the history of bygone, ancient cultures. Bangalore has been peopled for up to 3000 years, bearing megalithic monuments that treasure its rich past. Bangalore, as we know it today, was established in 1537 by KempeGowda I, who constructed a well-planned city within an oval mud fort in the area that is today known as City Market. Gradually, Bangalore grew into a commercial center and a chief part of the silk industry. Over successive centuries the Marathas, Mughals, Wodeyars and the Mysore Sultanate, all did their bit to develop the city further. In 1809 the British set up a cantonment in Bangalore, drawn by its pleasant weather and central location.
The earliest recorded usage of the name Bengaluru is found in today’s ‘Old Bangalore,’ in a 9th century temple. According to legend, King ViraBallala was once lost in the jungles that once overran these parts. He was wandering, tired and hungry, when an old woman revived him with her hospitality and a plate of boiled beans. Out of gratitude the King consequently named the area ‘Benda KaaluUru’ (Town of Boiled Beans). It was only in 1831, when the British seized Mysore from the ruling Wodeyars that the capital was shifted to Bangalore. The anglicization of Bengaluru turned it into Bangalore until it was recently reverted back to its original.
Although Bangalore is not a popular tourist destination, there are many sites worth taking a tour of. The legislative House of Karnataka, VidhanaSoudha, is one of the Chief attractions of Bangalore. It was built during the 1950s using granite in a neo-Dravidian style of architecture. Other places of historical interest include the Bangalore Palace, constructed by the Mysore Maharajahs and Tipu Sultan’s Palace, built around 1790 as Tipu’s summer retreat.
A tour of Bangalore must also include Lalbagh Botanical Gardens- built by Hyder Ali in 1760, and the Bannerghatta National Park- a 25,000-acre zoological park one and a half hours away from Bangalore City. Educational tours of Bangalore may include the Vishweshwaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum, the State Archaeological Museum, the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, the Venkatappa Art Gallery and the Karnataka ChitrakalaParishad. Religious tours of Bangalore cover the Bull Temple in Basavanagudi, the Maha Bodhi Society Temple- a replica of the Bodh Gaya Stupa, the ISCKON temple, the Maruthi Temple, the GaviGangadeshwara Cave Temple as well as many other temples, mosques and churches of historic significance.
Due to an average elevation of 920 meters above the sea level, Bangalore enjoys a cool climate throughout the year. Although summers can get hot with dry heat waves, it seldom exceeds 35 degrees Celsius and hovers around a mean temperature of 24 degrees Celsius.
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Chengannur Kallada Travels (in Malayalam), is a municipal town in Alappuzha district of the state of Kerala in South India. Chengannur (also spelled Chenganoor, Chenganur, and Chengannoor) is located in the extreme eastern part of Alappuzha district.
Places to see in Chengannur through Kallada Travels
1) In Chengannur, Paandavan Para, a Rock collection where it is rumoured that the Paandavas stayed during their Vanvaas
2) In Chengannur, poomal chaal, which is going to be an tourist place. it is in ala gram panchayath.
Important Locations in Chengannur
Chengannur Hatchery is a landmark place this road will lead from chengannur town Govt. hospital junction via olivet aramana road or thittamel trinity marthoma church.
Neervilakom is a very beautiful township situated 4 km East of Chengannur.The main attraction of this place is the ancient temple namely "Shree Dharma Shastha Temple".Lord Ayyappa is the main deity.Thousands of devotees from various places of Central Travancore worship here.It is a place where the beauty of nature and advancement of technology merge together.
2 km East of Chengannur, situated along the southern bank of the river Pamba, is famous for religious Harmony. Metropolitan High School, puthencavu has produced many stalwarts in many fields. Mahakavi Puthencavu Mathen Tharakan and his son Dr. K.M.Tharakan from this village has made memorable contributions to the Freedom Movement and the Malayalam language. It is on the way to Kozhencherry.Puthencavu is a small settlement in Chengannur, Alappuzha District of Kerala. It is situated around 2 km from Arattupuzha and can be easily accessed from Chengannur and Arattupuzha. Puthencavu St Mary's Orthodox Church situated here is a major attraction. The village is famous for 'Samskrithy', a center for Indian performing arts. Emmayavaramban Temple, Thrichittattu Vishnu Temple, Tiruppuliyur Maayappiraan Temple, Tiruvamundur Temple and St Mary's Knanaya Jacobite Syrian Church are the nearest places of worship Chengannur Railway Station and Cochin International Airport are the nearest railhead and airport.
Mudancavu is located approximately 2km from Chegannur Town, on the banks of river Pampa. In the old age, "VANJIPUZHA PRINCIPALITY"PALACE,was here.(The palace is destroyed) Major attractions include many notable places of worship and buildings
* ERAPUZHA BRIDGE, across pamba in MC road is one of the oldest narrow bridge.
* SREE VADASSERRIKAVU BHADRA KALI TEMPLE, is one of the oldest temples, established around 1150.PADAYANI festival going on in the months of March- April every year.
* THIRCHITTATTU MAHAVISHNU TEMPLE.
Legend has that the pandavas left on a pilgrimage and moved to south and reached south kerala in central travancore. They built Mahavishnu Temples in various places in the bank of holy river PAMBA. Elder brother YUDHISHTIRA (DHARMA PUTHRER) installed VISHNU at THRICHITTATTU, 1.5 km north from Chengannur Town in Chengannur -Pandanad- Parumala road. Connected temples. BHIMA built Vishnu Temple THRIPULIYOOR,ARJUNA built KRISHNA(PARTHA SARADHY)Temple at THIRU-ARUNMULA,NAKULA Built VISHNU temple at THIRUVANVANDOOR and SAHADEVA at THRIKUDITHANAM.
* Kodayattukara Sreekrishna temple.
* Uliyanattussery lord Ayyappa temple (destroyed)
* Two palliyodams-Mundancavu&Kodayattukara.
* Viswakarma Mahasaba head office.
* NSS taluk Union.
* Illams of Sabarimala Thanthries.
Edanadu is a village situated on the bank of river Pampa. It is part of the Chengannur Municipality. Edanadu is an island that shares its border with the river Pampa on one side and with Varattar on all other sides. The place is located 3 km away from Chengannur and 10 km away from Aranmula, the land of God Krishna. Edanadu is situated in the extreme eastern part of Alappuzha district. It is the geographical border of Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta district. It shares its border with Othara, Arattupuzha, Puthancavu, Koipram and Mangalam villages.
Mulakuzha panchayat is situated around 6 km from Chengannur on the MC Road. It is blessed with beautiful nature. It borders on Pathanamthitta district.
The famous "Century Hospital" is in this panchayat. It is the biggest corporate hospital in Central Kerala, and is owned by Central Travancore Specialists Hospital Ltd.
Other attractions include "Mulakuzha Gandharvamuttam Devi temple" which is famous for legends besides 'Juma Masjid'. st.george orthodox chatholicate simhasana church piralassery, St. Thomas Marthoma Church and St Mary's orthodox church are famous pilgrim centres. Temples, mosques and churches are situated nearby showing brotherhood among all communities.
Important educational institutions are MMARS, GVHSS Mulakuzha, St. Gregorios Public School, and Christian College. It borders Pathanamthitta district.
Kozhuvalloor is a village in Mulakkuzha panchayat. It is the site of Kozhuvallor Devi Temple and Kuthiravattom Ayyappa Temple, which are famous for their legends. Kozhuvalloor Devi Temple's "Kettukazha" during the Kumbha Kaarthika festival is very famous. The "Changappadam Chal" separates Mulakkuzha Panchayat and Venmony Panchayat on the south side. Divya Jyothi Sree Narayana Guru temple is a pilgrim centre. The famous Bible school is also in this village.
Cheriyanad is a village situated 8 k.m south-west of Chengannur on the northern shores of Achankovil river. It comes under Chengannur taluk. Its situated 8 k.m equidistant from Mavelikkara and Chengannur on Kozhencherry-Mavelikkara Road.
Cheriyanad is India's first Litigation-controlled cum 100% legally literate grama panchayat.
" The little hamlet of Cheriyanad, not far from the busy Chengannur town on the border of Alappuzha district, was on Saturday declared the country’s first litigation-controlled and legally-literate grama panchayat. -The Hindu"
Cheriyanadu is famous for the pallivilakku maholsavam in Sree Subahmanya Swami Kshethram..
Puliyoor is located 4 kilometre away from Chengannur and falls under Chengannur taluk. Puliyoor is the home of the Pancha Pandava or Panchamballam; a series of 5 temples situated at near, but disjointed geographical location. A pilgrimage path covering all the five temple in a day is considered to be auspicious by the devotees. Among the five temples, a considerable majority of devotees considers Puliyoor temple to be more prominent and auspicious. The annual festivities of Puliyoor temple, which last for 10 consecutive days draws a sizable crowd and the Makara Thiruvathira aarattu held in conjunction with the festival also enjoys good participation from the local natives in and around Chengannur. Puliyoor is also abode of other places of worship including the Mahaganapthy temple, Malankara Catholic Church, St Mary's Orthodox Church, St. George's Orthodox Church and St. Thomas's Marthoma Church. Puliyoor orthodox church serves as one of the refreshment points for the annual pilgrims to Parumala church. The 10 acre Thamara Chaal (Lotus Lake) is also located here. Prominent families- Kattilparampil, Kunnil, Paramalayil, Unethu, Parayil
Pennukkara is a small village, 5 km away from Chengannur. It is under Ala village, situated between Mulakkuzha and Kodukulanji. Pennukkara is famous for its greenery, mainly its lagoons, pond and a lake(Poomala Chal).
Poomala Chaal is a very scenic and sere location where there is a natural lotus lake formation, hardly 3 km from Chengannur. Being more into a country side like area, it is untouched by the fast pace of life of the modern day. Vattamala thottam is at bank of it.Prominent families- Anathattu,Ebenezer (Eng. T M George), Thundiyil ( Fr.Abraham) etc.
Poomala Chaal has Thinkalamattom as one of its boundaries. The famous Pilgrim Ceneter, Malayil Palli (An ancient church founded by St.Gregorios of Parumala) is also siutated at Thinkalamattom. This is also developing, peaceful and calm area, being the first choice to live for lots of NRIs and Retirees and this is one of the densily populated areas in Alleppy district.
7) Pandanad Muthavazhy
Pandanad panchayath belongs to chengannur Taluk and just 3 kilometres away from the town. Muthavazhy is extreme east of pandanad, at the southern bank of holi pampa river. Muthavazhy is famous with its palliyodam and kumaramangalam shree subrahmanya swamy temple, which is very peculiar with its construction, which cannot be seen at any other temples of same era. Muthavazy palliyodam is also very ancient which can accommodate 65 to 80 people at a time.
Chengannur is one of the tourists place in kerala and also beautiful place which can make journey through Kallada Travels
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