A town in Karnataka, Haveri is well-known for cardamom garlands and Byadagi red chillies that are marketed all over the country. Haveri is slowly gaining popularity as a major tourist spot as it is surrounded by places that have historical temples. While the town is believed to have had about 100 Maths (sacred religious places), only a few remain today. The famous Hukkeri Math is in Haveri.
Places to Stay
There good places to stay in Haveri town. Places like Hitaishi Palace Hotel (Tariff-Rs.400 onwards), Shiva Shakthi Palace (Tariff-Rs.700 onwards) and Hotel Adarsha Deluxe (Tariff-Rs.450 onwards) are within 1km of the bus stand
Other than the annual religious festivals celebrated here, the Durgadevi Festival (Jatra) held once every three years is quite famous in this region and attracts huge crowds to the town.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The Siddhesvara Temple, an ornate example of 12th century Western Chalukyan art and Hukkeri Math are all located about 1-3kms from the bus stand. The Ranebennur Wild Life Sanctuary is 45kms away.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Bangalore (330kms).
Haveri has its own Railway Station.
Haveri Bus Stand has regular bus service that connects the town to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like VRL Travels, SRS Travels, Sugama Tourists and Seabird Tourists run regular buses to and from the village. It is easy to get your tickets through Ticketgoose.com’s bus ticket online booking facility
Earlier called Bulsar, Valsad is city in Gujarat. It is renowned for its mango and chickoo orchards. The most favourable time to visit the city is between June and July, a time after the monsoons.
Places to Stay
There are plenty of hotels in Valsad to choose from. These include The Country Club Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Gateway Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and Adina Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600).
The official language of Valsad is Gujarati. Hindi is also spoken here.
Navratri (which usually occurs in the month of October) is celebrated with much fervour in Valsad, as in other parts of Gujarat.
Places of Interest
At about 5 kms away from Valsad city is Tithal Beach, which stretches alongside the Arabian sea. Tithal is a black sand beach, which is also well-known for its Sai Baba Temple and Swami Narayan Temple. The Shantidham Temple is also a popular religious destination.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Valsad is Vadodara which is about 3 hours away.
Valsad city has one of the main railways stations along the Mumbai-Vadodara route of the Western Railways. Valsad is well connected by rail to all major Indian cities.
Many buses from different regions of Gujarat ply regularly to Valsad. One can take a bus from Vadodara, Ahmedabad, and even, Mumbai or Hyderabad. Bus fare for the Ahemdabad-Valsad route is usually around Rs 350. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include ARC Travels, Hindusthan Travels and Joy Travels. For online bus booking, log on to Ticketgoose.com and get your tickets.