A town in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, Gokarna is located 583 km from Bengaluru, 238 from Mangalore and 59 km from Karwar. This beautiful town is located alongside the Karwar coastline of the Arabian Sea and is situated at the confluence of the rivers Gangavali and Agnashini. Gokarna literally means a ‘cow's ear’, it is said that Lord Shiva known as Mahabhaleshwara emerged from the ear of a cow. The town is surrounded by a number of beaches which are a huge tourist draw.
Budget Hotels in Gokarna
There are good budget hotels in Gokarna. Some of them are Makara Village Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1000 onwards), Namaste Cafe (Tariff – Rs. 700 onwards), Paradise Holiday Cottage (Tariff – Rs. 1200 onwards) and Sea Bird Holiday Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1500 onwards).
The official languages of Gokarna are Kannada and Konkani. The other language spoken here is Marathi.
Events in Gokarna
Other than the pan-India festivals, Mahashivratri and Kartika Mahotsav are the important festivals of Gokarna.
Places to See in Gokarna
There are several places of tourist attraction in Gokarna. Some of the places include Om Beach (7 km) Kudle Beach (6 km), Half Moon beach, Gokarna Beach, Bhadrakali temple, Mahaganpati temple, Mahabhaleshwara temple all at close proximity. Karwar (59 km), Kumta (32 km), Mirjan Fort (11 km) and Yaana (52 km) are some places around Gokarna.
How to Get There
The nearest airports are Dabolim at Goa located at 155 km and Mangalore International Airport at Bajpe located at 232 km.
Gokarna has its own railway station by the name of Gokarna Road located 6 km from the town.
There are daily bus services to Kumta, Ankola, Karwar, Bijjur, Madangere, Panaji, Mangalore and Bengaluru. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Vijayanand Roadlines, VRL Travels Sugama and Sea Bird Travels. Opt for online bus ticket reservation to renowned tourist places in India by logging on to several bus booking websites.
Humpi is a small village situated close to Hospet (12 km) in the Bellary district of Karnataka. Other cities nearby are Bellary (60 km), Sandur, and Bangalore (337 km). Humpi is situated on the banks of the river Tungabhadra. It is renowned for manufacturing steel and iron.
Places to Stay
Humpi has no good hotels; however one can find many hotels in nearby Hospet. Some options are Hotel Sarvesh (Tariff-Rs. 550), Hotel Karthik (Tariff-Rs. 900), Kishkinda Heritage Resort (Tariff-Rs. 2,000), Royal Orchid Central Kireeti (Tariff- Rs. 2,800), and Hotel Malligi (Tariff- Rs. 3,500).
Languages spoken in Humpi are Kannada, Telugu, Dakhni, Hindi, and English.
Festivals celebrated in Humpi are Diwali, Humpi Utsav (November), Vijayanagar Festival, and Purandaradasa Aradhna.
Places of Interest
The best tourist attractions in Humpi are Chitradurga, Virupaksha Temple, Lotus Mahal, Harihara, Hazara Rama Temples, Matanga Hill, Vittala Temple, Virupapura, Elephant Stables, and Queen’s Bath.
How to Get There
Nearest airport to Humpi is the Bellary Airport (75 km) and is well connected to Bangalore, New Delhi, and Hyderabad.
The Bellary railway station (58 km) is a major railway station that connects to all the important cities like Hubli, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and New Delhi.
There are several private bus services such as SLV Travels, Paulo Travels provides (Bangalore to Humpi) with the ticket price of Rs. 400 for Non AC Seater and Sleeper, for the cities like Humpi, Goa, Hyderabad. Some other bus provides Volvo, AC, Non AC bus services. Booking a bus ticket online is easy and convenient through Ticketgoose.com.