Brahmavar is a town in the Udupi district of the South Indian state of Karnataka. Being close to Barkur, the area is considered to be a cultural centre in the region. It is often referred to as lord Brahma’s Vara or Ajapura. The district headquarter, Udupi, lies at a distance of 12 km away from the village.
Places to Stay
The nearest accessible place available for lodging is Udupi. 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) among others.
The official language of the area 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
Virtually anywhere you ride on to towards the coast is picturesque and beautiful. Some of the beaches which are worth a visit are Maravanthe Beach (38 km), Padukere Beach (16 km away), the breath-taking estuary-cum-beach called Bengre Kemmannu (16 km away) and Beejadi Beach (21 km away).
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 68 km.
The Udupi Railway Station located around 16 km away is the closest major 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 people. Private operators like SRS Travels have also slowly joined the race. Making use of bus ticket offers are the best way to save money while travelling.
A panchayat town in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, Ankola is a small coastal town. A town, which has many beaches, Ankola is famous for its unique breed of mango, which is called ishaad and is also known for its cashews. Belekeri beach in Ankola town is a natural port rich in iron ore, which is exported to China and Europe. Ankola is surrounded by temple towns and villages on all sides. Yakshagan and Suggi, a form of tribal folk dance has its roots in this town.
Places to Stay
Being a beach town there are many places to stay in Ankola. Hotels like Estuary View Resort (Tariff- Rs.1000) offer affordable accommodation options.
The annual Mela 'Bandihabba', is celebrated for nine days during the Buddha Poornima (May) and 'Karthik' (November) when the five temple deities are taken on a procession, the whole town celebrates with fireworks.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The temples, churches and beaches Baskal Gudda, Nadibag, Shedikuli, Keni, and Belekeri attract tourists from across the state. Being a very small town, every place of interest is located within 2-3kms of the bus stand
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Dabolim Airport (133kms).
Ankola has its own Railway Station.
Ankola Bus Stand and Kelagina Manjaguni Bus Stop in the town run regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like SRS Travels, Sugama Tourist, Sea Bird Tourist and VRL Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.