Challakere is a town based in the Chitradurga district of Karnataka. It is also called the ‘oil city of Karnataka’ and is the second largest supplier and producer of edible oil only to be trumped by Mumbai city. Challakere is known to have more than 60 oil industries. The kambal (blankets) of Challakere are also very popular. These blankets are made by Kurba people and are sold across different cities in India.
Places to Stay
There are good budget friendly hotels in Challakere. Some of them include Hotel Kutti (Tariff –Rs. 500) and Hotel Raghavendra (Tariff – Rs. 800), and Hotel Sahara (Tariff – Rs.800).
The official spoken language of Challakere is Kannada. Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi are also spoken here.
The temple festival or Jatra begins in Challakere in the month of March. This lasts for 8 days. The other festivals in Challakere include Ugadi, Onam, Vinayaka Chaturthi, and Diwali.
Places of Interest
Challakere has many temples that attract several tourists every year. Some of the temples include Dutta Temple, Lord Veerbhadra Swamy Temple, Challakere Temple, and Ajjan Guddi.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Challakere is the Bangalore International Airport. It is approximately 179 km away from Challakere.
Challakere has its own railway station. Regular trains to different cities run from this junction.
Challakere is well connected with other Indian cities through buses. There are daily buses to Bangalore, Mysore, Hyderabad and other cities of India. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include SRE Travels and Tirupati Travels. Volvo bus service is available to any popular tourist destinations across India
Padubidri or Padubidre is a small town in the coastal district of Udupi in the state of Karnataka. It is on the way from Udupi to Mangalore route. National Highway 17 (now NH 66) passes through Padubidri. Padubidri is surrounded by Yermal in the north, Hejamady in the south, Nandikur (Nandikoor) in the east and the Arabian sea on the west. Mangalore and Udupi are the nearby cities.
Places to Stay
Some of the good budget hotels in Padubidri are Hotel Amar Comforts (Tariff- Rs 400), Sri Devi Hotel (Tariff- Rs 500) and SG Lake Resort (Tariff- Rs 600)
Tulu language is widely spoken in Padubidri followed by Kannada, Konkani, Beary and Urdu.
Padubidri is famous for the ritual Dakkebali, at Brahmasthana which is held every two years. This ritual is held in odd series of years 2005, 2007 and so on. Another famous festival in Padubidri is the annual car festival held in April at Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapathi temple.
Places to visit
Padubidri's main attractions are its famous temples and the beach. Places to see include Padubidri End Point (30 kms), Padubidri Mahalingeshwara Maha Ganapathi Temple (12.4 kms), Padubidri beach (1.6mks) and Padubidri Power plant (6 kms).
How to Get There
Closest airport is the Mangalore airport (23.5 kms) serving both domestic and International destinations.
The nearest railway station is the Padubidri (8.5 kms from the bus stand).
All buses from Mangalore to Udupi Travel en route to Padubidri. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Anand Travels, Sri Durgamba Travels, SRS Travels, Ganesh Tourists and VRL Travels. Various bus ticket online booking sites make it convenient for travellers to book their tickets with ease.