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.
Humpi is a small village situated close to Hospet (12 km) in the Bellary district of Karnataka. Other cities nearby are Bellary (60 km), Sandur, and Bangalore (337 km). Humpi is situated on the banks of the river Tungabhadra. It is renowned for manufacturing steel and iron.
Places to Stay
Humpi has no good hotels; however one can find many hotels in nearby Hospet. Some options are Hotel Sarvesh (Tariff-Rs. 550), Hotel Karthik (Tariff-Rs. 900), Kishkinda Heritage Resort (Tariff-Rs. 2,000), Royal Orchid Central Kireeti (Tariff- Rs. 2,800), and Hotel Malligi (Tariff- Rs. 3,500).
Languages spoken in Humpi are Kannada, Telugu, Dakhni, Hindi, and English.
Festivals celebrated in Humpi are Diwali, Humpi Utsav (November), Vijayanagar Festival, and Purandaradasa Aradhna.
Places of Interest
The best tourist attractions in Humpi are Chitradurga, Virupaksha Temple, Lotus Mahal, Harihara, Hazara Rama Temples, Matanga Hill, Vittala Temple, Virupapura, Elephant Stables, and Queen’s Bath.
How to Get There
Nearest airport to Humpi is the Bellary Airport (75 km) and is well connected to Bangalore, New Delhi, and Hyderabad.
The Bellary railway station (58 km) is a major railway station that connects to all the important cities like Hubli, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and New Delhi.
There are several private bus services such as SLV Travels, Paulo Travels provides (Bangalore to Humpi) with the ticket price of Rs. 400 for Non AC Seater and Sleeper, for the cities like Humpi, Goa, Hyderabad. Some other bus provides Volvo, AC, Non AC bus services. Booking a bus ticket online is easy and convenient through Ticketgoose.com.