A panchayat town in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, Ankola is a small coastal town. A town, which has many beaches, Ankola is famous for its unique breed of mango, which is called ishaad and is also known for its cashews. Belekeri beach in Ankola town is a natural port rich in iron ore, which is exported to China and Europe. Ankola is surrounded by temple towns and villages on all sides. Yakshagan and Suggi, a form of tribal folk dance has its roots in this town.
Places to Stay
Being a beach town there are many places to stay in Ankola. Hotels like Estuary View Resort (Tariff- Rs.1000) offer affordable accommodation options.
The annual Mela 'Bandihabba', is celebrated for nine days during the Buddha Poornima (May) and 'Karthik' (November) when the five temple deities are taken on a procession, the whole town celebrates with fireworks.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The temples, churches and beaches Baskal Gudda, Nadibag, Shedikuli, Keni, and Belekeri attract tourists from across the state. Being a very small town, every place of interest is located within 2-3kms of the bus stand
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Dabolim Airport (133kms).
Ankola has its own Railway Station.
Ankola Bus Stand and Kelagina Manjaguni Bus Stop in the town run regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like SRS Travels, Sugama Tourist, Sea Bird Tourist and VRL Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.
Bijapur is an ancient historical and cultural city that was established in 11th century during the Chalukya dynasty. It is 530 km away from Bangalore and nearby Belgaum. Known for its medieval monuments of Islamic architecture, Bijapur has the second largest dome in the world, the “Gol Gumbaz” and the first mosque in India, the “Jamai Masjid”. Historical mosques, palaces, canons, tombs, and dams here draw a large number of tourists to Bijapur every year. The city is well connected by rail and road.
Budget Hotels in Bijapur
Bijapur has a sizeable number of budget hotels. Some of them are Madhuvan International (Tariff-Rs. 950), Kanishka International Hotel (Tariff-Rs. 500), and Shashinag Residency Hotel (Tariff-Rs. 650).
The official language of Bijapur is Kannada. English is the alternate language used.
Events in Bijapur
Navaraspur Music Festival is an annual classical music concert held in January and February every year. A fair organized by Shri Siddheshwar temple during Makar Sankranti is also a popular event here.
Places to See in Bijapur
Swami Narayan temple, Ram Bagh temple, Basanta Vana, Malik-e-Maidan, Almatti Dam, Ibrahim Rouza, and Mehtar Mahal are key tourist landmarks in Bijapur.
How to Get There
Bijapur does not have an airport of its own. The nearest domestic airport to Bijapur is in Belgaum (205 km).
A couple of trains pass through and stop by at Bijapur.
Bangalore is approximately 682 km away from Bijapur. Around six operators offer bus services from Bangalore to Bijapur on a daily basis. Some of them are SRS Travels Bangalore and VRL Travels. Get online bus tickets to more than 4,000 destinations by logging on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking website of India