Bharuch is a major city in the westernmost state of Gujarat. It is the district headquarters of the district by the same name. The city has been a strategic sea port and ship building centre since ancient times. The city now hosts textile mills, multinational companies such as Videocon, chemical plants and dairy products among other industries.
Places to Stay
Being an important city in a strategically important state, Bharuch does not run out of lodging options. Some of the good hotels which are worth a try are Kohinoor Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,500), Hotel Corona (Tariff – Rs. 1,200) and Hotel Sethna Plaza Annexe (Tariff – Rs. 1,900).
The official language of Bharuch is Gujarati. Hindi is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti and Dusshera in September-October and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
The best places of interest in the city are the Bhrigu Rishi Mandir, Nav Nathas (nine Shivlingams located in different parts of the old city), the Dashashwamedh Ghat on the banks of the Narmada river, and numerous temples on the banks of the river Narmada among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Surat Airport in Surat city at a distance of 85 km.
The Bharuch Railway Station is indigenous to the city and is located right in the heart of the city.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses ply in the region. Shree Hari travels is one of the private operators in the region. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.
A census town in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, Kankavli is situated on the banks of two Rivers, the Gad River and the Janavli River. Surrounded by villages, the town is an important railway station on the Konkan Railway route. Kankavli is about 460kms away from Mumbai along the NH 17 and 137kms away from Ratnagiri. Famous for Sindhudurg Shikshan Prasarak Mandal's College of Engineering, the town is rich in culture, education and politics.
Places to Stay
The well-known place to stay in the township is the Waterfall Jungle Resort that offers budget accommodation options. Travellers can also stay at the nearby district of Sindhudurg at Hotel Sahyadri (Tariff- Rs.1001-Rs.2000) or Hotel Galaxy (Tariff- Rs.1001-Rs.2000).
Other than Ganpati Fetival, Gudi Padwa and Diwali is celebrated here. The Mahashivratri Jatra at the neighbouring Kumbhavade village is a popular annual event.
Malvani, a dialect of Konkani is spoken here prominently. The other languages spoken here includes Marathi and Hindi.
Places to Visit
Places of interest in the town include the Bhalchandra Maharaj Ashram (1km), a mosque in the neighbouring Kalamath rural community (1km), Sindhudurg Fort (35kms) and the Savdav Waterfalls (15kms). Since the town is about 18kms away from Kumbhavade village, where the very popular Shree Mahalingeshwar Mandir is located. A Swayambhu Devasthan, the Mahashivratri Jatra is held every year at this temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kankavli is the Kolhapur Airport(80kms) and Goa’s Dabolim Airport (100kms)
All trains that passes through the Konkan route passes via the Kankavli Railway Station.
Kankavali ST depot and ST stand is well-structured and large compared to other stands in Sindhudurg district. The prominent bus operators that run busses to and from Kankavali include Atmaram Travels, Neeta Tours and Travels, Naik Tours & Travels and Shree Sai Travels. Before going on a holiday, check out for deals and offers on several bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com.