The coastal town of Bhatkal in Karnataka has endless attractions to offer its tourists from beaches to hill stations and waterfalls. Its capital city, Bangalore, is based at a distance of 491 km from here. Murdeshwara Temple, Kannigundi falls, Kadvinkattu dam, Jali beach, Bandar beach, Gandhi falls and Marukere Hill Station are some of the major attractions in and around the town. Do the miss the mouth-watering Bhatkali Biriyani when you are visiting this town.
Budget Hotels in Bhatkal
Hotel Kwality is one of the most convenient places to stay in Bhatkal. The other popular lodges are Kola Paradise followed by Central Lodge.
Kannada is the official language of this area.
Events in Bhatkal
Some of the important festivals of Bhatkal are Pongal (January), Ganesh Chaturthi (August) and Diwali (November).
Places to See in Bhatkal
Bhatkal is popular for its Vijayanagar carvings. The beautifully built mosques are Sultani Masjid Mosque followed by the Noor Masjid and the famous Khalifa Masjid. Besides the holy places this town is also well known for its educational institutions like Anjuma Hami-e-Muslimeen. It was founded in 1919. The most popular temple is the Kethapayya Narayan temple. This temple is known for its cultural significance.
How to Get There
The Mangalore International airport is located very close to it. One can select any flight that takes off to various destinations from here.
The railway station that is nearest is the Bhatkal station. There are trains that run to Mangalore as well as Mumbai.
There are numerous buses that ply to and fro from here. They lie on the National Highway 17. The people have the option to choose from luxury to sleeper buses. The payment can be made either through the ATMs or through the bank account. Booking bus tickets through ticketgoose.com is a hassle-free experience.
Una is a city and a municipal council that falls in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It shares its border with Kangra, Hamirpur, and Bilaspur districts and is known as ‘the Gateway to Himalayas’. According to local folklore, Una was named by Shri Guru Arjan Dev ji who was the fifth Guru of Sikhs. There is another school of thought too. ‘Una’ means ‘Unnati’ which means progress. Hence, ‘Una’ was coined keeping with the growth and progress of the town.
Places to Stay
Una has many budget hotels and local home stays. Hotel Suvidha Palace (Tariff – Rs. 469) is one of the popular ones that offer convenient stay and pocket-friendly rates.
Devanagari is the official language of Una. Hindi and Punjabi are the alternate languages spoken here.
Two of the most famous festivals here are Prakash Utsav (birthday of Baba Sahib Singh Ji) celebrated between 26-28 March and Baisakhi Festival celebrated on 13 April.
Places of Interest
Nearest tourist attractions nearby Una are Bangana (26 km) and Dera Baba Bharbag Singh (40 km).
How to Get There
There are no direct flights to Una. The nearest airport is in Chandigarh which is 120 km away.
Una is well connected on all the major railway junctions.
Una is well connected by busses to Shimla, Chandigarh, and Pathankot. Once the road widening project on Mehatpur-Una-Amb finishes by 2014, the travel time will be considerably reduced. There are many private bus operators who ply frequent busses to Una. Online bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com is one of the safest and convenient ways to get your tickets.