Ghataprabha is a small town in the South Indian state of Karnataka. Those fascinated by Indian architecture and cuisine can visit this place. The nearest major urban agglomeration close by is the city of Kolhapur, across the border in Maharashtra, at a distance of 89 km north-west of the town. Panjim, the capital of Goa, is also 190 km away (four hours’ drive).
Places to Stay
Ghataprabha does have good lodging facilities. One will have to travel to Kolhapur for hotels. Some of the options one can check in to are MTDC Holiday Resort Panhala (Tariff – Rs. 750), Haripriya Grand Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Rajat Executive (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Landmark (Tariff – Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of the region is Kannada. Hindi and Marathi are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the region are Ugadi in March-April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The place being only a stop for tourists is not famous for its tourist destinations. Kolhapur may offer a few options such as the Siddhagiri Math, New Palace Museum, Chandrakant Mandare Kaladalan and Shree Mahalaxmi Mandir Devasthan Samiti. The Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary (55 km) is also not very far away.
How to Get There
The Kolhapur airport is the nearest at a distances of 87 km.
The nearest railway station is the Belgaum Railway Station at a distance of 69 km.
Mostly state run buses ply on the roads of this area. Buses for the town can be found at Belgaum as well as Kolhapur. Avoid standing in queues in bus counters and go for online bus ticket booking facility instead.
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.