Situated on the banks of Tungabhadra River, Ayanur is a village in Karnataka’s Raichur district. Its nearby cities include Shimoga (17 km), Hosanagara (48 km), Sagar (54 km), Chanagiri (60 km) and Harihar (76 km).
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic in Ayanur. However, Shimoga has several budget hotels that will accommodate any tourist. They include Surya Comforts Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500 onwards), Jewel RocksHotel (Tariff – Rs. 700 onwards), Hombuja Residency (Tariff – Rs.600 onwards) and Inchara (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
Kannadais the official language of the village. Urdu is also spoken in some parts of Ayanur.
Some of the important events celebrated in Ayanur are Makar Sankranti in January, Dasara Doll Festival in September/October and Gowri Habba in September.
Places of Interest
There are several places of interest in and around Ayanur. Tourists can explore Shimoga, which is only (17 km), away from this village. There are many waterfalls and temples worth seeing in Shimoga.
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport is closest to Ayanur and is 132 km away.
The nearest railheadin Ayanur is Shimoga railway station, which is about 10.2 km.
Buses ply regularly from Shimoga, Hosanagara, Sagar, Chanagiri and Honnemandu. State-run KSRTC is the best bus operator plying on the route. You can opt for Volvo bus ticket booking service provided by several online bus booking websites.
Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is often referred to as the ‘Garden City’ because of the numerous parks and gardens that dot the localities of the city. It is also considered as a major information technology (IT) hub of the country and thus called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Kempe Gowda, a feudal ruler affiliated to the Vijayanagara kingdom, first established a mud fort, which turned out to be the foundation of the present day city. The city passed through a myriad of rulers ranging from the Marathas, Mughals and Mysore rulers before becoming a part of independent India.
Budget Hotels in Bangalore
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of Bangalore is Kannada. Hindi, English, Telugu and Tamil are also understood and widely spoken.
Events in Bangalore
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Karaga in April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places to See in Bangalore
Some of the places worth trying out in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park,Vidhana Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull Temple, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary’s Basilica. Wonderla Amusement Park at a distance of 28 km is popular with youngsters and children looking for a break on weekends.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport at a distance of 36 km.
Bangalore City Junction Railway Station is the major railway station in the city.
There is bus service running from almost everywhere in south India to Bangalore city. State transport buses as well as private operators ply their buses to and fro the city. SRS Travels, Kallada Travels and SRM, Travels are some of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.