Karad, a city in Maharashtra’s Satara district, is also known as the sugar bowl of Maharashtra owing to the numerous sugar factories that dot the vicinity. This city lies on the banks of rivers Krishna and Koyana. The confluence of both rivers is locally known as Preeti Sangam, which means lovely meeting. Some of the tourist attractions nearby are Satara, Mandwa, Panchgani, Panhala and Kolhapur.
Places to Stay
The city of Karad provides good budget hotels. A few of these include Hotel Shree Annapurna Prasad (Tariff – Rs.475), Hotel Sai Praithana (Tariff – Rs.584), Hotel Sagar (Tariff – Rs.487) and Hotel Shreeman (Tariff – Rs.949).
The languages spoken in Karad are Marathi and Hindi.
The most important festivals in Karad are Makar Sankranti in January, Gudi Padwa and Holi in March, Jiviti Puja celebrated in July-August, Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Dussehra in September and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
There are interesting sightseeing destinations around Karad. Some of these are Krishna Ghat (2 km), Kashil (27 km), Dadholi (31 km), Narayanwadi (19 km) and khodshi Dam, located 7 km away from Karad.
How to Get There
There is a small airstrip in Karad (4 km), which is the nearest airport. However, the major airport is located 75 km away in Kolhapur.
Karad Railway Station is 7 km away from the city centre and connects the city to other nearby states.
There are regular state-run and private buses travelling to and fro the surrounding states. Private bus operators such as Jyotirling Travels provide daily trips from Mumbai to Karad. Get discount on bus booking through various travel websites like Ticketgoose.com and visit your desired holiday destination.
A village located in the Sandur taluk of Bellary district of Karnataka, Toranagallu or Toranagal is very close to a district in Andhra Pradesh. The many industries in the village have resulted in a diverse culture with people from different parts of the country working here. Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, mining and small scale industries in the region provides opportunities for people in this village and surrounding regions. The hill lock within the village offers a great aerial view of the surrounding regions.
Places to Stay
There are many places in Toranagallu that offer affordable accommodation. Rock Regency Hotel, Toranagallu (Tariff-Rs.800- 1,400) located within a 1km of the bus stand offers great accommodation options.
All the annual religious festivals like Sankranthi, Diwali, Navrathri and temple festivals are celebrated here.
Kannada and Telugu is spoken widely here.
Places to Visit
The Daroji Lake located 2kms from the Toranagallu Village and the Hankaralinga Gudda (a small hillock that has a Shiva temple) is popular leisure destination here.
How to Get There
Toranagallu has an airstrip maintained by JSW. The other airport nearby is at Bellary (24kms).
Toranagallu has its own railway station.
Toranagallu bus stand connects the city to the neighbouring towns. There are great bus operators Diwakar Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the village. Utilising bus ticket online offer from travel websites can save you a lot of money.