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.
Kapu a small town in the Udupi district of Karnataka is a coastal town that consists of four villages. 13kms south of Udupi, Kaup, which is pronounced as Kapu, is famous for its lighthouse and the three Goddess Durga temples and a fort built by Tippu Sultan. The town lies between Udupi and Mangalore on National Highway 66. Scenic on the shores of the Arabian Sea, many films have been shot at Kapu. The sunrise and sunset in the backdrop of light house at Kapu is one of the main attractions of the place.
Places to Stay
The best place to stay is the Kapu Beach resort (Rs.1500 onwards). Other than these travellers can stay at Udupi where a vast range of budget accommodation is available. Some of them are Palm Grove Beach Resort(Tariff- Rs.1200-Rs.2200), Kediyoor Hotel (Tariff- Rs.600-Rs.2000)
The Kaup Beach Ustava attracts a lot of tourists for its sand art. The annual 'Ati Mari Puje’ festival at the historically famous temple of Goddess Mariyamma is usually thronged by thousands of devotees all over the state and even neighbouring states.
The language predominantly spoken in this town is Kannada.
Places to visit
Other than the lighthouse and the Tipu Sultan fort the temples around the area includes Anegudde, Anegudde Vinayaka Temple and the Lord Kotilingeshwara Temple, which is loacetd about 1-2kms from the bus stand. Neighbouring town Udupi has a lot more tourist places of interest.
How to Get There
The airport near Kapu is the Mangalore Airport
The nearest railway station is at Udupi
There are many buses that pass via Kapu bus stand from Udupi and Mangalore. Some of the well-known bus operators include VRL Travels, Pragathi Tourist Corporation and Sri Durgamba Travels. Numerous travel websites provide discount coupons for bus booking frequently to their customers.