A panchayat town in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, Ankola is a small coastal town. A town, which has many beaches, Ankola is famous for its unique breed of mango, which is called ishaad and is also known for its cashews. Belekeri beach in Ankola town is a natural port rich in iron ore, which is exported to China and Europe. Ankola is surrounded by temple towns and villages on all sides. Yakshagan and Suggi, a form of tribal folk dance has its roots in this town.
Places to Stay
Being a beach town there are many places to stay in Ankola. Hotels like Estuary View Resort (Tariff- Rs.1000) offer affordable accommodation options.
The annual Mela 'Bandihabba', is celebrated for nine days during the Buddha Poornima (May) and 'Karthik' (November) when the five temple deities are taken on a procession, the whole town celebrates with fireworks.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The temples, churches and beaches Baskal Gudda, Nadibag, Shedikuli, Keni, and Belekeri attract tourists from across the state. Being a very small town, every place of interest is located within 2-3kms of the bus stand
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Dabolim Airport (133kms).
Ankola has its own Railway Station.
Ankola Bus Stand and Kelagina Manjaguni Bus Stop in the town run regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like SRS Travels, Sugama Tourist, Sea Bird Tourist and VRL Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.
Gajendragadh is a taluka in the district of Gadag in Karnataka. It is located 643 ft. above the sea level. It has a great historic importance with references to the great Tipu Sultan. A big Vedanta scholar, Raghavendra Acharya has his roots from this place. It has a population close to 30,000 with almost equal number of males and females. Close to 14% of its population is less than 6 years of age.
Places to Stay
The closest place to find accommodation is Gadag (54 km). Hotels like Hotel Shanbag (Tariff-Rs. 500), Hotel Shivani Inn (Tariff-Rs. 700), and Hotel Vishwa (Tariff-Rs. 1000) provide the visitors with accommodation.
Kannada is the major language spoken here. Besides this, few areas also speak Tulu, English as well as Konkani.
Festivals like Mahashivratri, Holi, and Diwali get celebrated here with great delight.
Places of Interest
The fort of Gajendragadh is one with significant historical importance. It was here that Tipu Sultan was engaged in a battle with the Nizam and the Marathas. Other places of interest include the Kalakaleshwara temple, the temple of Bhimambika (13 km), and the Kudalasangama where the Krishna and Ghataprabha rivers merge.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Gajendragadh is the Hubli Airport (103.4 km). The closest international airport is the Bangalore International Airport (354 km).
The closest railway station to Gajendragadh is the Badami Railway station (17.6 km).
Gajendragadh is well connected by bus. Operators like VRL Travels and SRS Travels operate in this area. These buses also ply to Bangalore and Hubli. Online bus booking sites have made it possible for travellers to get their bus tickets with ease.