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.
Padubidri or Padubidre is a small town in the coastal district of Udupi in the state of Karnataka. It is on the way from Udupi to Mangalore route. National Highway 17 (now NH 66) passes through Padubidri. Padubidri is surrounded by Yermal in the north, Hejamady in the south, Nandikur (Nandikoor) in the east and the Arabian sea on the west. Mangalore and Udupi are the nearby cities.
Places to Stay
Some of the good budget hotels in Padubidri are Hotel Amar Comforts (Tariff- Rs 400), Sri Devi Hotel (Tariff- Rs 500) and SG Lake Resort (Tariff- Rs 600)
Tulu language is widely spoken in Padubidri followed by Kannada, Konkani, Beary and Urdu.
Padubidri is famous for the ritual Dakkebali, at Brahmasthana which is held every two years. This ritual is held in odd series of years 2005, 2007 and so on. Another famous festival in Padubidri is the annual car festival held in April at Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapathi temple.
Places to visit
Padubidri's main attractions are its famous temples and the beach. Places to see include Padubidri End Point (30 kms), Padubidri Mahalingeshwara Maha Ganapathi Temple (12.4 kms), Padubidri beach (1.6mks) and Padubidri Power plant (6 kms).
How to Get There
Closest airport is the Mangalore airport (23.5 kms) serving both domestic and International destinations.
The nearest railway station is the Padubidri (8.5 kms from the bus stand).
All buses from Mangalore to Udupi Travel en route to Padubidri. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Anand Travels, Sri Durgamba Travels, SRS Travels, Ganesh Tourists and VRL Travels. Various bus ticket online booking sites make it convenient for travellers to book their tickets with ease.