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.
Karwar in Karnataka has swaying coconut palms, sandy beaches, clear blue sky and exciting water sports. Escape to this place during the weekends, where you can indulge in fishing, boating, kayaking and snorkeling activities. Apart from beaches, the city also boasts of major attractions like Sadashivgad Fort, Maritime Museum, Kot Siveshwar Temple and various national parks. The capital city of Bangalore is about 524 km away from here.
Budget Hotels in Karwar
There are several hotels and resorts in close proximity to the railway station and bus stand that provide comfortable accommodation and good cuisine at affordable prices.
Kannada is the official language of this area.
Events in Karwar
Some of the major festivals of this city are Pongal (January), Basant Panchami (February) Ganesh Chaturthi (August), Diwali (November) and Dushera (October).
Places to See in Karwar
Venkataramana Temple, Durga Devi Temple, Naganath Temple, Chendia Falls, Sadashivgud Fort and Oyster Rock Lighthouse are the popular tourist places in Karwar.
How to Get There
Dabolim Airport, Goa which is about 97 km from Karwar is the nearest airport to this place.
Karwar Railway Station at 7 km from the city center connects the city to major cities.
There are also frequent bus services to Karwar which can be booked through Online Bus Booking facility offered by websites like TicketGoose.com. Book online bus ticket in advance from Ticketgoose.com for a hassle-free travel.