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.
In the Vilupuram District of Tamil Nadu, lies the municipal town of Tindivanam. It is important geographically because highways NH 45 and NH 66 pass through the town, connecting the north, south, east and west territories. The cities nearest to Tindivanam are Pondicherry (38 km away) and Vilipuram (41 km away). Tindivanam was originally called Thinthrivanam, where “thinthri” means tamarind and “vanam” means jungle in Tamil, so it translates to “Jungle of Tamarind.” It is a progressive, multi-cultural town.
Places to Stay
Although there are no hotels in Tindivanam, nearby Pondicherry has a number of good budget hotel options. These include Lotus Bay View Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000-1500), Lotus Comfort Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000-1500) and Abirami Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1000 and above).
The official language of Tindivanam is Tamil.
Tindivanam is a mix of Hindu, Muslim and Christian cultures. The festivals celebrated include Sankranti, Pongal, Diwali, Eid-al-Fitr, Ramzan, Christmas, Easter and others.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Tindivanam. They include the more than 1000 years old Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Perumal Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the 172 years old Our Lady of Seven Dolours Church, which was built by French Missionaries and Jamia Pallisaval, famous for its architecture.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Tindivanam is the Pondicherry Airport. The airport is located 38 km away from the city.
All trains to Pondicherry, Kanyakumari, Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram and other stations halt at Tindivanam Railway Station.
There are daily bus services to Kollam, Bangalore, Coimbatore and other places in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Kallada Travels, Kallada Tours and Travels, Sree Travels, Seabird Tourist and Green Line Tours and Holidays. Get your tickets from online bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com and travel tension free.