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.
Gulbarga is located in the state of Karnataka. The name was coined from Persian language wherein ‘Gul’ stands for flower and ‘berg’ means leaf. Gulbarga has many Islamic style domes and shrines. There are several engineering and medical colleges and a full-fledged university. Hence, it is referred to as the ‘City of Education’. Gulbarga is also known for its spicy and sweet delicacies and is well connected by rail and road. The airport is under construction.
Budget Hotels in Gulbarga
There are good budget hotels in Gulbarga. Some of them are Aditya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700 onwards), The Central Park Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), Raja Rajeshwari Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500 onwards).
The main languages of Gulbarga are Kannada and Urdu. Other languages spoken here include Malayalam and Telugu.
Events in Gulbarga
The important event of Gulbarga is Sharana Basaveshwara Temple car festival held in August.
Places to See in Gulbarga
There are several places of tourist attraction in Gulbarga. Some of the places include Gulbarga Fort (4 km),and Khwaja Banda Nawaz Dargah (4 km).
How to Get There
Sholapur Airport sits approximately 101.3 km away.
Gulbarga Railway Station is situated in the Gulbarga district.
There are bus services to Gulbarga from Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and other major cities. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include VRL Travels, SRS Travels. There are a number of bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com from where you will get good offers and discounts while booking your tickets.