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.
Mahbubnagar, a district town in Andhra Pradesh, was formerly known as Palamoor as the people of this area sold milk. The region was renamed to Mahbubnagar in honour of Mir Mahabub Ali Khan, a Nizam of Hyderabad. This town is on the border of Raichur, Nalgonda, Kurnool and Gulbarga. The world famous Kohinoor diamond is claimed to be from this town.
Places to Stay
There are comfortable budget hotels available in this town. One such good hotel is Avanthi Hotel (Tariff – Rs.590).
The languages spoken in Mahbubnagar are Telugu, Urdu and Hindi.
The most important festivals celebrated in Mahbubnagar are Makar Sankranti in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Ugadi in March, Navratri in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
Mahbubnagar has many tourist attractions in and around the town. These include Koilsagar Project and Reservoir (34 km), Bhuthpur (10 km), Bijnapalli (36 km), Hanwada Lake (13 km) and Jadcherla located 21 km away from Mahbubnagar.
How to Get There
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad is the nearest airport being 87 km away from this town.
Mahbubnagar Railway Station is located within a 5-km radius from the town and connects the town to nearby states.
There are frequent state-run and private buses to this town from various states. Private bus operators such as Kallada Travels and Aeon Connect have daily trips from Bangalore to Mahbubnagar. Most of the travellers these days opt for online bus ticket reservation.