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.
Honnavar is one of the five port towns located in the Uttara Kanada district of Karnataka. It is a beautiful coastal town and is about 442 km away from Bangalore. In 1342, the city was named as Honnavar or Hinaur by Ibn Batuta, an African traveller. Its pristine coastline, serene beaches and mesmerising waterfalls offer incredible travel experiences to travellers.
Budget Hotels in Honnavar
Some of the budget-friendly hotels in Honnavar are Hotel Goodluck (Rs. 500), Bhattara Hotel (Rs. 600) and Kamath Hotel (Rs.700).
Kannada is commonly spoken language here. Konkani, Nawayath and Marathi are other languages spoken in this region.
Events in Honnavar
Ugadi (April) and Mahashivratri (February) are a few well-celebrated festivals of Honnavar.
Places to See in Honnavar
There are several places to explore in Honnavar and its vicinity. Karikanamma, Asparkonda Waterfall and Keppa Jog Waterfall are located within the town. Idagunji (13km), Ramathirtha (3 km), Kasargod Beach (2 km) and Basavaraja Fort (3 km) are a few other places of interest nearby.
How to Get There
There is no airport in Honnavar. Hubli Airport is the nearest one and is about 180 km away from here.
Honnavar Railway Station, the major and nearest railway station, is only 5.6 km away from the town.
Compared to other means of commute, the frequency of buses are quite admirable in Honnavar. Buses from Bangalore, Pune, Goa and Hubli ply to and fro the town. SRS Travels is a one of the top private bus operators that serve the passengers on this route. Plan your vacation in advance and book online to get discounts on bus tickets.