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.
A coastal district of Tamil Nadu, Nagapattinam was formerly called as Cholakula Vallipattinam during the Chola period. The name Nagapattinam is derived from Nagar which refers to Sri Lnakan people settled in here while the word pattinam means town. It is a coastline that stretches along the Bay of Bengal for about 188kms. The district is known to have the most thriving harbors in the country.
Budget Hotels in Nagapattinam
There are good budget hotels in Velankanni . Some of them are Chola Inn (Tariff – Rs.1000), Sea Horse Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Dravidar Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500) and New Tamilnadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1500).
The official language Nagapattinamis Tamil The other languages spoken include English, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, and Hindi.
Events in Nagapattinam
Some of the famous festivals and events in Nagapattinam include Navarathri (October ) Adi Pooram (August), Avani Moolam, Karthigai, Skandha Sashti, Thula Uthsavam.
Places to See in Nagapattinam
There are several places of tourist attraction in Nagapattinam. Some of the places include Poompuhar Beach ( 10 kms from bus stand), Vaitheeswaran Kovil Shrine to Mars ( 6kms from bus stand) and Dutch Fort (2 0kms from Nagapattinam), Nellukkadai Mariamman Temple (4kms from bus stand) and Neelayathatchi Amman Temple( 15kms from Nagapattinam)
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Nagapattinam is the Tiruchirappali Airport. It is located about 145 kms away from the town.
The railway head is located Nagapattinam. The district is well connected major districts of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. There are daily trains available to Chennai, Ernakulum and Cimbatore.
The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation provides more than 150 buses services connecting various cities and districts of Tamil Nadu to Nagapattinam. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include SRM Transports, Seabird Tourists and Universal Travels. Ticketgoose.com offers the best ticket prices to its customers. So, go ahead and book your tickets through Ticketgoose.