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.
A medium sized town in Bagalkot district of Karnataka, Ilkal is an important centre of trade, commerce, education and industry. The town is famous for its handloom sarees, popularly known as Ilkal sarees. Distinctive and made of cotton, these sarees are widely used by women in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharastra. lkal is also famous for its red granite stone, which is exported all over the world.
Budget Hotels in Ilkal
There are a good number of hotels available to stay in Ilkal. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Shri Ramkrishna Lodge and Darshan Lodge offer rooms starting from Rs.390 onwards.
Kannada is the main language spoken in this town.
Events in Ilkal
The annual festivals like Sankranthi, Ramzan and Christmas are celebrated here.
Places to See in Ilkal
Shri Vijay Mahantesh Math and Murtuza Shah Quadri Dargah are located within a kilometre from the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Hubli (77kms)
The nearest railway station is at Lakhmapur (44kms)
Ilkal Bus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like SRS Travels, VRL Travels and Seabird Tourists that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Log on to a particular bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com and get your bus tickets without any hassle.