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.
One of the major port cities of the state of Karnataka, Mangalore is located about 350 kilometres away from Bangalore. The city has derived its name from its patron deity, the Hindu Goddess Mangaladevi. This beautiful city lies between the Arabian Sea and Western Ghat . This city has always attracted many tourists for its sandy beaches and ancient temples was once ruled by the famous dynasties which include Kadambas, Vijayanagar dynasty, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas, and the Portuguese.
Budget Hotels in Mangalore
There are good budget hotels inMangalore. Some of them are Hotel Kumars International (Tariff – Rs.801), Hotel Mangalore International (Tariff – Rs.1500 ), Hotel Srinivas (Tariff – Rs.655) Hotel Samfaz International (Tariff – Rs.1000).
The official language of Mangaloreis Tulu. The other languages spoken include Konkani and Kannada.
Events in Mangalore
The Ganesh Chaturthi festival and Kodial Theru or Mangaluru Rathotsava are the two popular festivals of this town.
Places to See in Mangalore
There are several places of tourist attraction in Hubli. Some of the places include Seemanthini Bai Bejai Museum (8kms from bus stand), the hillock of Lighthouse (13 kms from bus stand), Mukka beach (5kms from Mangalore bus stand) and Tannirbavi Beach to Panambur Beach (11kms from bus stand)
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport is 15 kms away from the heart of the city.
Mangalore has two major railway stations. They are Mangalore Central situated at Hampankatta , while the other is Mangalore Junction which is located at Kankanadi.
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation provides city buses, inter-city and interstate buses for passengers. There are buses plying to major cities like Bijapur, Hassan, Mysore, Madurai, Mumbai, Ernakulam, Coimbatore, Bangalore. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for Anand Travel, SRS Travels and VRL Travels. Now, you can book your bus ticket by using Ticketgoose.com’s mobile apps.