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.
Koppal is a newly formed district in the state of Karnataka in Bangalore which was carved from Raichur in the year 1998. Koppal is surrounded by Raichur in the east, Gadag in the west and Bellary in the south. The district headquarters is located near Hampi, at a distance of 44 km east.
Places to Stay
The Harsha International Hotel, Koppal (Tariff – Rs. 500). This is in close proximity to the railway station located around 1 km. Hotel Sreemata (Tariff – Rs. 450 onwards) is 1 km away from the Koppal railway station; Mayur Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 400 onwards)is also a good option.
The major events that Koppal has to offer are definitely worth the visit. Teacher’s Day in Koppal is celebrated with pomp and glory where teachers get respected and known for their hard work. Ganesh Chaturthi, which is also celebrated with splendour for 11 days, is a part of a major event. Paryushan Parva, which is celebrated from September 10-19, is a Jain festival and celebrated with fasting and meditation. Onam is celebrated in mid-September.
The official language of Koppal is Malayalam.
Places to Visit
The famous places which one can visit in Koppal are the Gavisiddeshwara Temple, Hulikere Lake, Koppal Fort, Huligemma Temple and many more.
How to Get There
The nearest major airport is Hubli airport at a distance of 123 km west.
The town has its own railway station in the form of Koppal Railway Station.
Buses are the most preferred modes of transport. Majority of the buses ply through Koppal, and the place also has a well known bus terminus, from where government and tourist buses depart. Buses are available from Bangalore, Bellary, Belgaum, Goa, Mysore and many more. Online bus booking in India makes it possible to book bus tickets without any hassle.