A town in Karnataka’s Devanagere District, Honnali is renowned for its Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt. In Kannada, Honnali implies ‘gold’ and according to the legend during the Vijayanagara era, the streets were full of people selling gold. Its nearby cities are Shikarpur (36 km), Shimoga (40 km), and Ranibennur (47 km).
Places to Stay
Honnali being a small town, lodging facilities are best found at Shimoga, which is 40 km away. Some of the budget hotels are Surya Comfort Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Jewel Rock (Tariff – Rs. 700), and Hombuja Residency (Tariff – Rs. 600).
Kannada is widely spoken in Honnali. But English and Hindi are also understood in the area.
Some of the festivals celebrated with great enthusiasm here in Honnali are Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Dassera Doll Festival held in September-October, and Deepavali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Other than the temples in Honnali, there are plenty to see in and around the town. Some of them are Nyamathi (14.8 km), Malebennur (20 km), and Shikarpur (36 km).
How to Get There
Hubli Airport located at a distance of 154 km is the nearest airport to the town.
Hubli Railway Station (150 km) is the major railhead connecting this town to other cities. However, the nearest railway junction is in Harnahalli, which is 33 km away.
There are several buses available every day from Bangalore, Hubli, Udupi, Mangalore, Shimoga, Devanagere, and Shikarpur. Durgamba Travels and Kesineni Travels are a couple of operators that provide good facilities to passengers taking this route. You can get discounted bus tickets to popular tourist destinations through a number of online bus booking portals.
Davanagere also spelt as Davangere is the sixth largest city in Karnataka. Popularly known as the ‘Heart of Karnataka’, the place has several tourist attractions such as temples, cuisine specialties, schools and colleges, commerce and sports. Since it has several cotton, sugar and textile mills, Davanagere is also known as the ‘Manchester of Karnataka’. Plenty of stadiums, cricket and football clubs are found here. Rail and road are the best travel options to reach Davanagere.
Budget Hotels in Davangere
There are good budget hotels in Davanagere. Some of them are Pooja International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800 to Rs. 1500), Sai International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 750 to Rs. 3000), Hotel Shankar Comforts (Tariff – Rs. 650 to Rs. 950), and Shanthi Park Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000).
The official language of Davanagere is Kannada. The other language spoken here is English.
Events in Davangere
The important event of Davanagere is Durgambika Devi Jatre celebrated in March-April.
Places to See in Davangere
There are several places of tourist attractions in Davanagere. Some of the places include Forest College Museum (3.5 km), Bathi Gudda (4 km), Kondajji (12 km) and Marudamalai Temple (12 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport to this place is Hubli Airport which is approximately 143 km away.
Davanagere Railway station is the nearest station in the city which connects it to major cities.
Travellers can use bus services to Davanagere from Mangalore, Surat, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and other major cities. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include SRS Travels Bangalore and VRL Travels. You can get discount coupons for bus booking if you plan to book your bus tickets at least a fortnight prior to your journey.