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.
A city located in the Davanagere District of Karnataka, Harihar is famous for the Harihareshwara temple. Geographically located in the centre of the state, Harihar is on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. The National Highway 4 (Puna – Bangalore) passes via this city. Harihar serves as a major industrial base as a large number of industries are headquartered here.
Places to Stay
There are not many hotels in Harihar. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at the Shantappa Hotel, Nandini Deluxe Lodge and Ambica Lodge that offer rooms from Rs.500 onwards.
Ugadi, Sankranthi, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here. The annual Car Festival at the temple is a grandly celebrated
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Places to visit within a kilometre of the bus stand are the Harihareshwara Temple, Sree Parvathi Temple, the Omkar Math and the Mother Mary's Church. The Hazarat Chaman Shah Wali Dargha is located 6kms away, while the Ranibennur Blackbuck Sanctuary is located about 20kms away.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Hubli (131kms)
Harihar has its own Railway Station
The Harihar Bus Station runs regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like Mahesh Travels, Vijayanand Roadlines, Durgamba travels, SRE travels and Latha Tours and Travels that run regular buses to and from the town. Log on to Ticketgoose.com and get bus booking online to over 4,000 destinations across the country.