Moodabidri, a small town in Mangalore in Karnataka, is well known for its Jain Temple, Saavira Kambada Basadi. This temple is also known as the Thousand Pillars Temple. The Solapur-Mangalore Highway and the Mulki-Belthangady State Highway converge at this town. A few of its nearby cities include Mangalore (33 km) and Bantwal (26 km) away from this town.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels available in Moodabidri. These hotels are Pancharatna International Hotel (Tariff – Rs.711), Hotel Ballal Tourist (Tariff – Rs.900) and Hotel Kadal (Tariff – Rs.400).
The languages spoken in Moodabidri are Tulu, Konkani, Kannada, Byari and Urdu.
The important festivals in Moodabidri are Maha Shivratri in February, Holi in March, Ganesh Chaturthi during August-September, Navratri in October and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many places of tourist attractions in Moodabidri like the famous Saavira Kambada Basadi within the town, Guru Basadi Jain Temple (1 km) and Church Of Holy Cross (9 km). There are also other religious centers and local attractions.
How to Get There
Bajpe Airport, which is located 30 km away from Moodabidri, is the closest from here.
There is no railway station in Moodabidri. The nearest railway station, Mulki Railway Station is located 25 km away from this town.
Nearby cities have regular state-run and private bus services to this town. There are daily bus trips from Bangalore/Dharwad to Moodabidri run by private bus operators such as Sugama Travels, VRL Travels and Durgamba Travels. 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.