Also known as Belmannu, Belman is a small town on the coast of the Arabian Sea in the South Indian state of Karnataka. It is located in the Udupi district. It is said that the place got its name from Billi Mannu (meaning white soil). Udupi is the major urban agglomeration in the area at a distance of 32 km.
Places to Stay
The nearest accessible place available for lodging is Udupi at a distance of 106 km. Some of the budget hotels worth giving a try are Ayodhya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Mahima Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Metropolis Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Swathi Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of Belman is Kannada.
The important festivals of the region are Ugadi in March-April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The temple which has brought the village into limelight is the Durga Parameshwari Temple built before the 7th Century AD. In 1952, the oldest Kannada inscription was found beneath the temple’s foundation. Besides this, a drive to the coast to watch the sun set over the Arabian Sea can also be thrilling.
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 30 km.
The Udupi Railway Station, which is located around 34 km away, is the closest railway station to the town.
Direct buses as well as via buses to the town are available from nearby towns and cities. It is mostly state-transport buses which indirectly cater to the needs of the people, besides SRS Travels. Avail of bus ticket booking facility on Ticketgoose.com and get a number of discounts.
Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is often referred to as the ‘Garden City’ because of the numerous parks and gardens that dot the localities of the city. It is also considered as a major information technology (IT) hub of the country and thus called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Kempe Gowda, a feudal ruler affiliated to the Vijayanagara kingdom, first established a mud fort, which turned out to be the foundation of the present day city. The city passed through a myriad of rulers ranging from the Marathas, Mughals and Mysore rulers before becoming a part of independent India.
Budget Hotels in Bangalore
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of Bangalore is Kannada. Hindi, English, Telugu and Tamil are also understood and widely spoken.
Events in Bangalore
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Karaga in April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places to See in Bangalore
Some of the places worth trying out in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park,Vidhana Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull Temple, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary’s Basilica. Wonderla Amusement Park at a distance of 28 km is popular with youngsters and children looking for a break on weekends.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport at a distance of 36 km.
Bangalore City Junction Railway Station is the major railway station in the city.
There is bus service running from almost everywhere in south India to Bangalore city. State transport buses as well as private operators ply their buses to and fro the city. SRS Travels, Kallada Travels and SRM, Travels are some of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.