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.
Krishnagiri is a city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Bangalore, the neighbouring state of Karnataka at a distance of 90 km north-west. Those travelling between Cuddalore and Bangalore can stop by at this place and explore a couple of interesting historical sites apart from grabbing a bite.
Places to Stay
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Velan International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Tamilnadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), DSR Grand Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Amaravathy Inn (Tariff – Rs. 400) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. Due to the area’s close proximity with Karnataka, Kannada is also understood and spoken.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Some of the places worth trying out in Krishnagiri are the Sayed Basha Hills, the Rama Temple (in Ramapuram), Krishnagiri Reservoir Project and others. Trekking and boating facilities are also provided to tourists on the outskirts portion. One can also visit Bangalore and explore Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park and Vidhana Soudha.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport at a distance of 112 km.
Bangalore City Junction Railway Station is the major nearby railway station at a distance of 80 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses pass through the area. SRS Travels is one of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Buses to Krishnagiri are available from Bangalore as well as Salem. Book your tickets online by comparing the bus ticket prices from several bus booking portals.