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.
Mahabubnagar is one of the biggest towns in the district of Mahabubnagar in Andhra Pradesh. Mahabubnagar is also known as ‘Palamoor’ or ‘Rukmammapeta’. Mahabubnagar is primarily known for its banyans trees that grow in abundance here. It is located 100 km away from the capital city, Hyderabad. Mahabubnagar is also famous for its Golconda diamonds and also for the Kohinoor diamond which was found here.
Places to Stay
There are several good budget hotels in Mahabubnagar. Some of them are Geetha Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), The Grand Sindhu (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Avanthi Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Ganesh Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Mahabubnagar is Telugu. Other languages spoken here are English and Tamil in some parts of the area.
The important festivals in Mahabubnagar are Shivaratri- celebrated in the month of March, and Ganesh Chaturthi in the month of September-October.
Places of Interest
Few places of interest in Mahabubnagar are Pillalamarri (3 km), Priyadarshini Jurala Dam (60 km), Gadwal Fort (16 km from Erravelli), and Khilla Ghanpur (26 km).
How to Get There
There is no airport at Mahabubnagar. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (70 km) is the nearest major airport.
Mahabubnagar railway station is the only major junction here.
Mahabubnagar is well connected with all the major cities of Andhra Pradesh. There are local buses which ply from Mahabubnagar to different cities like Gulbargah, Kurnool, and Mumbai. Tourists can book bus tickets well in advance from local bus operators or private bus operators like KP Travels or Bhagyashree Travels etc to reach their destination comfortably. Booking bus tickets online from several bus booking websites like Ticketgoose.com is very convenient.