Belgaum happens to be the fourth largest city in Karnataka. It is referred to as the ‘Sugar Bowl of Karnataka’ for the massive sugar cultivation done here. It is also known as the ‘Bread Basket / Rice Bowl’ of Karnataka for the vast production of fruits, vegetables, poultry, meat, fish, mining and wood. As one of the major textile centers with over 50,000 power looms, Belgaum is popular for Belgaum saris and Khadi-based products. Automotive manufacturing and professional based educational institutions make Belgaum a trading and knowledge-based city.
Budget Hotels in Belgaum
There are good budget hotels in Belgaum. Some of them are Anupam Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), Ramdev International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), and Keerthi Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500 onwards).
The official language of Belgaum is Kannada. The other languages spoken here are Marathi and English.
Events in Belgaum
The important event of Belgaum is Ganesh Chaturthi held in August/September.
Places to See in Belgaum
There are several places of tourist attraction in Belgaum. Some of the places include Sule Bhavi Temple (5 km), Shree Revan Siddeshwar Temple (7 km), Jamboti (25 km), and Vajrapoha Falls (26 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport to this place is the Belgaum Airport located in Sambra which is approximately 10 km away.
Belgaum railway station is approximately 6 km away from the city itself.
Travellers can reach Belgaum from places such as Ahmedabad, Mangalore, Mysore, Baroda, Manipal and Bidar to name a few. Tourists and commuters have a wide choice of bus operators, including companies like VRL Travels, SRS Travels and Ganesh Travels & Tours. Ticketgoose.com’s bus reservation facility has never been easier through its mobile apps.
A town located in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, Sawantwadi is often referred to as the ‘gateway to Goa’. Bestowed with nature’s bounty, this picturesque locale is a great stop for tourists looking for a short, scenic getaway. Known for its flourishing woodcraft industry, Sawantwadi is also known for its wooden toys.
Places to Stay
Few notable hotels in Sawantwadi are: Konkan Crown Resort (Tariff – Rs 1800), Shilpagram Holiday Resort (Tariff – Rs 1200) or Saish International (Tariff – Rs 1200).
The official language of Sawantwadi is Konkani. Marathi is also spoken here.
Dusshera-which falls in the month of October or November, and Rakhi or Rakshabandhan are celebrated with much fervour here.
Places of Interest
Some places worth a visit in Sawantwadi include Sawantwadi Palace and the lake in front of the palace – Moti Talao. Also visit the 150-year-old Raghunath Market, which is known for its handicrafts. The Amboli Hill Station, which is about 29 km from Sawantwadi, is highly recommended.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Dabolim in Goa. It is located about 87 km away from the town.
The nearest railway station is the Sawantwadi Road Station, where the Konkan Railway makes a stop.
Sawantiwadi is a point of convergence for four roads coming in from different directions. NH-17 goes towards Mumbai, and goes as far down as Kochi in Kerala. The road headed south reaches Panjim, Goa, within an hour’s time. East-bound roads head towards Belgaum in Karnataka. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include ARC Travels, Hindusthan Travels and Joy Travels. Online bus booking facility is the most convenient way to book your tickets.