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.
Dubbed as the "Crown City of Karnataka", Bidar got its name from the word, Bidiru which means bamboo. Bidar is famous for its fort by the same name, which is inspired by Persian architecture. Besides the fort, this ancient city is also home to several other historical monuments and architecture dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Some of the major attractions it boasts of are Solah Khamba Mosque, Gagan Mahal, Rangin Mahal and Zenana Palace.
Budget Hotels in Bidar
There are good budget hotels in Bidar. Some of them are Sai palace lodge (Tariff – Rs.1000), Sana Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Shivanand Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500) and Sangemeshwar Hotel (Tariff –1000).
The official language Bidar is Kannada. The other languages spoken includeTelugu and Hindi.
Events in Bidar
The Important Festivals of Bidar is Panguni Chithirai (March) and Navarathri (October).
Places to See in Bidar
There are several places of tourist attraction in Bidar. Some of the places include Prasanna Vinayagar Temple ( 10 kms from Bidar) , Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple 7 kms from Bidar), Maniknagar ( 6 km from Bidar) Bidar Fort ( 9 kms from Bidar) Kaadambaarai dam ( (16 kms from Udumalpet).
How to Get There
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad which is about 151 km from Bidar is the nearest airport to this city.
Bidar is wll connected with all the major districts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka by its railway station.
There are regular buses available from Bidar to other major destinations of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Pavit Travels, VRL Travels, SRM Transports India Private Limited. Discounted bus tickets are available on a number of travel websites like TicketGoose.com.