A former princely state of British India, Savanur is situated in Karnataka’s Haveri district. This town boasts of three 5,000-year-old baobab trees that were believed to have been planted by lord Shiva, who brought them from Africa. Now, there is a fencing to protect the trees from encroachers. Its district headquarters is about 31 km from the town, while its capital city Bangalore is 365 km away.
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic in Savanur. But its district headquarters, Haveri, has a number of options for its tourists. Some of the budget hotels in Haveri include Kadli Deluxe Lodge (Tariff –Rs.500), Hitaishi Palace Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 600) and Shiva Shakthi Palace (Tariff –Rs.700).
Kannada is the official language of Savanur.
Mahashivaratri in February, Ugadi in March-April and Dasara in September-October are some of the major festivals celebrated with great pomp in Savanur.
Places of Interest
The baobab trees in the town are worth seeing. Other places of interest are in Haveri, which is 31 km away. Some of the major attractions here include Siddeshwara Temple, Bankapura Peacock Sanctuary, Bankapura, Tarakeshwara Temple, Mukteshwara Temple and Galageshwara Temple.
How to Get There
Hubli Airport, which is 65 km from here, is the closest from the village.
Savanur has its own railway station, located 8 km away from the town. However, the major rail head connecting this village is the Hubli railway station, which is 60 km away.
There are buses from Hubli, Belgaum and Haveri. State-run buses cater to passengers travelling on this route. Bus booking online facility enables travellers to get to popular destinations without any hassle.