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 princely state before Independence, Kolhapur is today one of the fastest growing cities in Maharashtra. According to Hindu mythology, Kolhapur came into being after the demon Kolhasura was killed by goddess Mahalakshmi. In order to honor the demon’s dying wish, subsequently Kolhapur evolved. The place is well-known for its foundry units which yield exports as well as film festivals that are hosted annually. Kolhapur is quite famous for Kolhapuri chappals (hand-crafted buffalo leather slippers), culinary spices, Kolhapuri jewels and tobacco. Engineering, art and medical colleges make Kolhapur the pride of Maharashtra.
Budget Hotels in Kolhapur
There are good budget hotels in Kolhapur. Some of them are Hotel Landmark (Tariff – Rs. 800 onwards), Raj Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 550 onwards), and Mahalaxmi Yatri Niwas (Tariff – Rs. 550 onwards).
The official language of Kolhapur is Marathi. The other languages spoken here are Hindi and English.
Events in Kolhapur
The important event of Kolhapur is Kolhapur Rankala Mahotsava held in January-March.
Places to See in Kolhapur
There are several places of tourist attraction in Kolhapur. Some of the places include Rankala Lake (4.3 km), New Palace Museum & Zoo (4.5 km), Shalini Palace (4.7 km), Siddhagiri Museum (11.8 km) and Panhala Fort (23.7 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport to this place is Kolhapur Airport at Ujalaiwadi which is approximately 9 km away.
Chattrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus is the closest railway station and is about 1.9 km away.
From Kolhapur travelers can reach places such as Pune, Bengaluru, Goa, Mumbai and other major cities. Some of the bus operators that offer good, reliable services include VRL Travels and Neeta Travels. Get your tickets from online bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com and travel tension free.