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.
Kumta, a coastal town in Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district is the perfect weekend getaway. Tourists can come and explore the beaches. This is a must-visit destination for those who enjoy marine life and for nature photographers. There are many attractions such as beaches, forts, dams and waterfalls in the nearby areas. The best time to visit Kumta is during the summer.
Budget Hotels in Kumta
There are many hotels providing reasonable charges for travellers to Kumta. One such budget hotel is Hotel Pandurang International (Tariff – Rs.818).
The languages spoken in Kumta are Konkani, Marathi and Kannada.
Events in Kumta
The important festivals in Kumta are Maha Shivratri in February, Holi in March, Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Dussehra in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places to See in Kumta
Kumta has many tourist attractions in and around its town. These places are Kumta Beach (4 km), Vannalli Beach (5 km), Kadle Beach (6 km), Mirjan Fort (12 km), River Aghanashini (19 km), River Aghanashini Estuary (18 km), Gokarna (32 km), Honnavar (20 km) and Kasarkod Beach (23 km) away from Kumta.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Goa International Airport, which is 165 km away from Kumta.
Kumta Railway Station is just a kilometer away from the main town centre that connects Kumta to all major railway stations.
Kumta is regularly busy with state-run and private buses from neighbouring cities. Shreekumar Travels, SRS Travels, VRL Travels and Seabird Tourists are some of the private bus operators that run daily buses from Bangalore and Pune to Kumta. Making use of bus booking online offers are the best way to save money while travelling.