A small coast pilgrimage town in Karnataka, Gokarna is also a popular tourist destination. All the activities and places to visit are with a kilometer of the bus stand. Gokarna is known for its four beaches – Kudlee Beach, Om Beach, Half Moon Beach and the secluded Paradise Beach – that brings in tourist from across the country. Life in this quaint little town is centred on the bus stand the beaches. Gokarna’s beach is several kilometres long and is situated at the edge of the town.
Places to Stay
There are many places to stay in near Gokarna first class. Places like Om Beach Resort, Shastri Guest House and Khushi Village Resorts offer affordable accommodations that start from Rs.700 onwards.
The annual Mahashivaratri and Kartika Mahotsava are famous in this town. During the 9-day Shiva Ratri festival up to 20,000 pilgrims descend to this small town.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The Mahabaleshwar Temple, Maha Ganapathi Temple, Uma Maheshwara Temple, Bhadrakali Temple, Tamra Gauri Temple, Venkataramana Temple and Kotitheertha (a man-made tank) are all located within 1-3kms of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Dabolim Airport.
Gokarna has its own railway station.
The Gokarna Bus Stand runs regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like SRS Travels, Sea Bird Tourist and Sugama Tourist run regular buses to and from the town. Travellers can make use of online bus tickets booking facility provided by a number of travel websites.
Hubli also known as Hubbali is the fastest growing city in Karnataka, after the state capital Bangalore. The Kannada word “Hubbali” when translated in English means “Flowering creeper”. Cotton and peanuts are grown in abundance here. Logistics, machine tools industries, steel, pharma, leather, tanning and rubber industries contribute majorly to Hubli’s economy. Well connected by road, rail and air, Hubli shall soon have a Monorail project in order to boost the inter-city transport. Food specialties, colleges, a fine university and tourist places make Hubli a must-visit.
Budget Hotels in Hubli
Good budget hotels exist in Hubli. There is Hotel Peacock (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Ajantha (Tariff – Upto Rs. 1000) and Hotel Ashray Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 500).
Hubli’s official language is Kannada. The other languages spoken here are Marathi, Urdu and English.
Events in Hubli
The important event celebrated in Hubli is Dharwad Utsav held in November.
Places to See in Hubli
There are several tourist attractions in Hubli. These include Indira Gandhi Glass House (2.1 km), Kittur Rani Chennamma Circle (2.5 km), Unkal Lake (3.4 km),Siddharoodha Math (4 km), Nrupatunga Hill (5.2 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport to this town is Hubli Airport, which is approximately 6.5 km away.
Well connected to several cities, Hubli Railway Station has a state-of-the art food and shopping plaza.
There are bus services to Hubli from Hyderabad, Mangalore, Gulbarga and other major cities. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Kesineni Travels, SRS Travels, and VRL Travels. To book a bus ticket you no longer need to go to a bus counter, as online tickets are available on bus booking portals.