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.
Lakshmeshwar, a town located in North Karnataka’s Gadag district, is famous for its ancient temples and Jamma Masjid. This town was home to many Jain saints and is rich in its history and culture. Some say the name Lakshmeshwar originated from King Lakshmanarasa, who ruled over this region. The famous Kannada poet, Adikavi Pampa, wrote his inspirational poems in Lakshmeshwar.
Places to Stay
There are no lodging facilities in Lakshmeshwar. Visitors to this town can find affordable accommodation in Gadag which is 41 km away from this town. A few of these budget hotels are Hotel Vishwa Boarding and Lodging (Tariff – Rs.263), Geetanjali Residency (Tariff – Rs.393) and Hotel Shivani Inn (Tariff – Rs.470).
The official language spoken in Lakshmeshwar is Kannada.
The important festivals celebrated in Lakshmeshwar are Sankranti in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Ugadi in March, Ganesha Chaturthi in August-September, Dussehra in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
Lakshmeshwar has a few places of interest to offer tourists visiting this town. These attractions include Kodiyellamma Temple (850-m), Yalavigi (13 km), Kalas Lake (12 km), Pashupatihal (12 km) and Shirahatti, 20 km away from Lakshmeshwar.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is in Hubli which is 55 km away from Lakshmeshwar.
There is no railway station in Lakshmeshwar. Kalas Railway Station, which is 14 km away from Lakshmeshwar is the nearest railway station.
Lakshmeshwar has a wide network of buses from neighbouring cities and states. KSRTC run buses daily from various parts of Karnataka to Lakshmeshwar. In case you don’t have the time and energy to stand in bus counters, booking bus tickets online will help.