As a small village in Basavana Bagewadi Taluk in Bijapur District, Karnataka State, Almatti is located south of Bijapur. Agriculture is the main occupation here and the village is about 510kms from the State capital Bangalore. Recently a garden was constructed near the dam in the village making it a tourist attraction among the neighbouring villages. Almatti falls under the Belgaum division of Karnataka.
Places to Stay
While there are not many places to stay at Almatti, travellers can find very good and affordable accommodation in Bijapur, which is 45kms away. Hotels like Hotel Ashoka offer accomodations from Rs.500 onwards.
All annual religious festivals like Dussehra, Diwali, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The newly constructed picnic spot – the seven terraced garden is a place to visit. The attractions are the boating and musical fountain. The artificial forest ‘Rock Hill’ which has ceramic flora and fauna is also a must see.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Sholapur Airport (132kms).
The nearest broad railway is at Bijapur.
The Almatti Bus Stand runs regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like SRS Travels and VRL Travels run regular buses to and from the town. Book a bus ticket online and travel hassle free without standing in serpentine queues.
Surathkal is a municipal town situated on NH 66 in the South Kanara district of Karnataka. The town is located at a distance of 13 km from the district headquarters of Mangalore. The town is famous for the sacred Mahalingeshwara Temple which attracts many devotees all the year round. The town has many spectacular beaches and natural lakes that are ideal for visiting. The nearest cities to Surathkal are Mangalore (13 km) and Udupi (42 km).
Places to Stay
A number of hotels at reasonable rates are located in the region. Some of them which are worth giving a try are Lalit International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Maharaja International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Laxmi Mahal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Poonja International (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Srinivas Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), The prestige (Tariff – Rs. 900) and many more.
The official language of the area is Kannada. Apart from this, Tulu is also widely spoken in the area.
The important festivals that are celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm are Makar Sankranti in January, Ugadi in March-April, Ganesh Chaturthi in September, Hampi Festival in November, Dussehra in October and many more.
Places of Interest
Surathkal is blessed with a number of picturesque beaches named as Surathkal Beach with the lighthouse that offers the breathtaking sunset view as well as the beautiful Panambur Beach. There are also number of natural waterfalls such as Hanuman Gundi waterfalls, Unchalli Falls, Jog Falls, and Sirimane Falls that are worth visiting.
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport, located at a distance of 15 km from the town.
Surathkal Railway Station, located at a distance of 1 km is the nearest railway station from the region.
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is the major bus service that operates between many destinations. There are also many private operators such as Sri Dugamba Travels and others that provide services between many places. The online bus ticket booking facility at Ticketgoose.com can save you a lot of time and energy.