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.
Sindaghi is a small village situated in the Bijapur district of Karnataka and has a taluka of the same name. It has 40 village panchayats under it. Its neighbour is Bijapur (28 km). Sindaghi has an agrarian economy. The people here are warm and friendly. Sindaghi has a predominantly Hindu population.
Places to Stay
Although there no hotels in Sindaghi, nearby Bijapur has a number of good budget hotel options. These include Hotel Pleasant Stay (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Megharaj (Tariff – Rs. 500), and Hotel Royal Residency (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Sindaghi is Kannada.
Sree Rama Navami, Ganesh Chathurthi, Maha Shivratri, and Navratri are celebrated with fervour here.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Sindaghi. The Shiva Statue weighing 1500 tonnes and 85 feet tall is one of the tallest idols of Lord Shiva in Ukkali Road (31 km). The Golgumbaz in Bijapur (28 km) is a historical monument that attracts tourists from all over the world. And the Almatti Dam (81 km) is a popular scenic picnic spot here.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Sindaghi is Belgaum airport (209 km).
Morampudi is connected to Bijapur (28 km) on the Southern Railway line. All major trains to Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin and others frequent this station.
There are daily bus services to and from Udupi, Kundapur, Padubidri, Mangalore, Ankola, Bhatkal, Mumbai, Goa and other places in Karnataka and Maharashtra. The best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are SRS Travels, VRL Travels, Ganesh Travels and Tours, Raja Travels, and Paulo Travels. Online bus booking in India is one of the most preferred ways of getting bus tickets to various popular places in India.