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 village in the Udupi district of Karnataka, Shirva is located 20 km away from Udupi and is 48 km away from Mangalore. The tiny hamlet is also known by the name of Manchakal. Jasmine flowers are cultivated in huge numbers here and are imported to other parts of the country.
Places to Stay
Udupi, which is 20 km away, has some good budget hotels. Some of the hotels are Wild Wood Spa and Resort (Tariff – Rs. 4500) and Hotel Swadesh (Tariff – Rs. 600).
The official language spoken in Shirva is Tulu. Other languages like Kannada, Konkani, Hindi and English are also spoken.
Bhajana Saptaha Mahothsava is an important festival which takes place every year during August. Besides this, Krishna Janmotsav is also celebrated here.
Places of Interest
For people who like south Indian architecture, two temples located in Shirva, Sri Mahalasa Narayani Temple and Vishnumurthi Temple, are a must visit. And 48 km away from the village is the beach of Kaup.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Shirva is the Mangalore Airport. It is located about 48 km away from the village.
Shirva is well-connected to the Udupi Railway Station.
There are bus services from Mangalore, Udupi, Karkala, Manipal and Nitte to Shirva. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Gomes Tours and Travels, Karthik Enterprise and Manipal Trip Maker. Opt for online bus reservation through several bus booking sites like Ticketgoose.com from the confines of your home.