Bovikanam is a village in the Kasargod district of Kerala. The village or settlement is very close to the Karnataka border. The district headquarters, Kasargod, is located at a distance of 13 km (20 minutes’ drive). The city of Mangalore in Karnataka is not far off either and lies at a distance of 66 km.
Places to Stay
Bovikanam does not have much to offer its tourists, but Kasargod (19 km) from here has a lot of options for lodging. Some of the options which are worth a try are Apsara Regency (Tariff – Rs. 500), City Tower Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Bekal Beach Residency (Tariff – Rs. 600), Saatiya Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 500) and others.
The official language of the area is Malayalam. English is also understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Vishu in April, Onam in August-September, Christmas, the fasting month of Ramadan and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
The village in itself may not have anything interesting to offer. However, some of the places worth visiting in Kasargod are Bekal Fort, Ananthapura Lake Temple, the mountains around Ranipuram, Kottancheri Hills, Malik Deenar mosque and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Mangalore Airport at a distance of 68 km.
Kasargod Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 15 km.
Both state transport as well as private buses cater to the needs of passengers in the region. Kallada Travels is an important bus operator here. Ticketgoose.com provides a number of online bus ticket booking offers from time to time.
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.