A town situated on the banksof the River Krishna in Bagalkot district, Karnataka, RabkaviBanhatti is the textile business hub amongst the surrounding districts. The town is very famous for its power loomed and hand loomed sarees. Rabkavi-Banhatti has more than 2000 power looms, which is the highest in the state. The town is famous for its spinning mill and ancient temples and is the major supplier of milk in the neighbouring villages.
Places to Stay
Bailhongal has hotels located within a kilometre from the bus stand. Travellers visiting the city can find affordable accommodation at hotels like Sri Ganesh Hotel that offer rooms from Rs.700 onwards.
The annual jatra at the Kadasidheshwara temple held during September or October brings in people from all the surrounding villages and towns
Kannada is the official language here.
Places to visit
The Sri Kadasidhheshwar Temple, Sri Mallikarjun Temple, Hanuman Temple, Veerbhadreshwar Temple, Yallamma Temple, Sri Basaveshwar Temple, Kali Temple and Lakshmi Temple are located within a kilometer of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Hubli Airport (141kms)
The nearest railway station is at Bhanapur(49kms).
Banhatti bus stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like SRS Travels and VRL Travelsthat offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Online bus booking is the easiest way to get your tickets.
Surathkal is a municipal town situated on NH 66 in the South Kanara district of Karnataka. The town is located at a distance of 13 km from the district headquarters of Mangalore. The town is famous for the sacred Mahalingeshwara Temple which attracts many devotees all the year round. The town has many spectacular beaches and natural lakes that are ideal for visiting. The nearest cities to Surathkal are Mangalore (13 km) and Udupi (42 km).
Places to Stay
A number of hotels at reasonable rates are located in the region. Some of them which are worth giving a try are Lalit International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Maharaja International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Laxmi Mahal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Poonja International (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Srinivas Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), The prestige (Tariff – Rs. 900) and many more.
The official language of the area is Kannada. Apart from this, Tulu is also widely spoken in the area.
The important festivals that are celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm are Makar Sankranti in January, Ugadi in March-April, Ganesh Chaturthi in September, Hampi Festival in November, Dussehra in October and many more.
Places of Interest
Surathkal is blessed with a number of picturesque beaches named as Surathkal Beach with the lighthouse that offers the breathtaking sunset view as well as the beautiful Panambur Beach. There are also number of natural waterfalls such as Hanuman Gundi waterfalls, Unchalli Falls, Jog Falls, and Sirimane Falls that are worth visiting.
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport, located at a distance of 15 km from the town.
Surathkal Railway Station, located at a distance of 1 km is the nearest railway station from the region.
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is the major bus service that operates between many destinations. There are also many private operators such as Sri Dugamba Travels and others that provide services between many places. The online bus ticket booking facility at Ticketgoose.com can save you a lot of time and energy.