A town packed with history and pilgrim places are a perfect brief description for Karkala which is located in the state of Karnataka in Udipi district. Karkala is primarily a calm town and it is best known for its Jain Basadis and of course the giant statue of Bahubali. This town was settled in the year 1912 and since then it has developed as a major place of attraction for the people across the nation.
Places to Stay
Karkala offers a reasonable choice when it comes to finding a good and budget hotel. The tourists can choose from a bunch of options that are favorably located and offer good service.Hotel Prakash Boarding & Lodging (Tariff 550-1450) very close to the bus standSuhag Hotel (Tariff 500-1100) near bus standKings Court Hotel (Tariff 400-900) near bus stand
People in Karkala celebrate each festival with equal joy and some of the notable events include Ganesh Chaturthi and Onam festival. Mahamastakabhisheka is also one of the notable events held in Karkala.
Konkani, Tulu and Kannada happen to the officially spoken languages in Karkala and Hindi and Egnlish too are spoken by some.
Places to Visit
Many historical and religious landmarks can be visited while in Karkala, Chaturmukha Basadi is one of them, it happens to be one of the most renowned Jain monuments in India. Statue of Bahubali and Hiriangadi are some of the other noteworthy places
How to Get There
Mangalore is the closest airport and is at a distance of 70 kilometers from Karkala.
The nearest station from Karkala happens to be Indrali which is located in Udipi and this station is connected to all major points.
All the buses that run from Bangalore and Mangalore pass through Karkala which means that this town is very well connected via the road. Booking a bus ticket has never been easier as you can book through your mobile as well.
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.