Gonikoppal is a village in the South Indian state of Karnataka. A wildlife safari-lover may want to hang out here on a weekend as the place is surrounded by wildlife parks and sanctuaries, both in Karnataka as well as across the border in Kerala, which lies in close proximity. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Mysore at a distance of 89 km.
Places to Stay
Budget hotels in the area are extremely few in the area because of which travelers are forced to look forward to staying in Mysore. Some of the budget hotels which are worth a try are Roopa Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), MTR Yatrinivas Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 800), MTR Deluxe Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 700), Suhashini Palace (Tariff – Rs. 700) and others.
The official language of Gonikoppal 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
The Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is a place which is worth a visit in the area. It lies at a distance of 65 km west of the town. In order to explore more, one can visit Mysore and try out some of the following places – Mysore Palace, Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, St. Philomena’s Church, Wesley Cathedral, Folk Lore Museum, Railway Museum and others.
How to Get There
Mysore Airport is the nearest major airport at a distance of 102 km.
The Mysore Junction Railway Station, located around 88 km away, is the closest major railway station to the village.
Direct buses as well as via buses to the town (from Mysore) are available from nearby towns and cities as the town has a lot of significance in the national arena for its tourist sites. It is mostly state-transport buses which cater to the needs of people. Private operators such as SRS Travels have also slowly joined the race. Book online bus tickets through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of offers and discounts.