A town situated on the banksof the River Krishna in Bagalkot district, Karnataka, RabkaviBanhatti is the textile business hub amongst the surrounding districts. The town is very famous for its power loomed and hand loomed sarees. Rabkavi-Banhatti has more than 2000 power looms, which is the highest in the state. The town is famous for its spinning mill and ancient temples and is the major supplier of milk in the neighbouring villages.
Places to Stay
Bailhongal has hotels located within a kilometre from the bus stand. Travellers visiting the city can find affordable accommodation at hotels like Sri Ganesh Hotel that offer rooms from Rs.700 onwards.
The annual jatra at the Kadasidheshwara temple held during September or October brings in people from all the surrounding villages and towns
Kannada is the official language here.
Places to visit
The Sri Kadasidhheshwar Temple, Sri Mallikarjun Temple, Hanuman Temple, Veerbhadreshwar Temple, Yallamma Temple, Sri Basaveshwar Temple, Kali Temple and Lakshmi Temple are located within a kilometer of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Hubli Airport (141kms)
The nearest railway station is at Bhanapur(49kms).
Banhatti bus stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like SRS Travels and VRL Travelsthat offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Online bus booking is the easiest way to get your tickets.
A coastal village in Karnataka, Sastana is just 17 km away from Udupi. It is a perfect place for those who are looking for offbeat destinations. Its proximity to places like Aroor (13 km), Udupi (17 km) and Malpe (22 km) makes this place even more attractive. There are numerous beaches to explore, if you want to enjoy the sand and sun.
Places to Stay
If you are looking for budget hotels, then head to Udupi, which is just 17 km away from here. There are several hotels that tourists can choose from like Rukmini Residency Hotel (Tariff –Rs.700), Summer Park Hotel (Tariff –Rs.900) and Sharada International Hotel (Tariff –Rs.1,100).
The languages spoken here are Kannada and English.
Some of the major festivals celebrated in Sastana are Mahashivaratri in February, Holi in March-April, Ganesh Chaturthi in September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Sastana being a coastal town has numerous beaches to explore, including the Padukere Beach (9 km), Beach Bengre Kemmannu (19 km), Beejadi Beach (14 km), Malpe Beach (23 km) and Maravanthe beach (32 km). Other places of attraction include Aroor (13 km), Udupi (17 km) and Malpe (22 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport from this town is the Mangalore Airport (73 km).
The major railhead connecting this town is in Udipi, which is 21 km away.
Buses are available from Udupi, Bangalore and Mysore. SRS Travels, Durgamba Motors, Bharati Tourists and Sugama Tourists are some of the top operators plying their buses on this route. To book bus tickets online, you can log on to www.ticketgoose.com.