Named after Kasaragod Town, Kasargod, the northernmost district of Kerala is famous across the world for its coir and handloom industries. With a coastline of nearly 30kms, Kasargod is endowed with nine rivers and is well-known for its forts, rivers, hillocks, beaches and shrines. NH-66, which forms the backbone of Kerala’s road network enters Kerala via Talapady of Kasargod district.
Places to Stay
There are many affordable hotels in the district such as Apsara Regency (Tariff- Rs.500 onwards), Chandralayam Homestay (Tariff- Rs.1500 onwards), City Tower Hotel (Tariff- Rs.600 onwards).
The local festivals include Kumbala Bedi Utsava, and Moodappaseva, celebrated in the Madhur Temple. And Bootha kola is a spiritual act performed in Kasargod.
As many as seven different languages are spoken here excluding the local dialects and tribal languages. The languages spoken include Malayalam, Kannada, Tulu, Beary bashe (spoken by the Tuluva-Malayalee Muslims) and Konkani. Besides these, Marathi, Hindi, Havyaka Kannada and Urdu are also spoken here.
Places to visit
The places to see near this scenic beach town are the Bekal Fort, the biggest fort in Kerala (15kms), the Ananthapura Lake Temple, the Mallikarjuna Temple. The Mallik Deenar Mosque (3kms) is one of the first masjids in India built during the period of the prophet Muhammad by swahabi 'Malik-ibn-Deenar'. The Bela Church, built in 1890, also known as Our Lady of Sorrows Church, is located 14kms north of Kasaragod.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Mangalore Airport, which is located at a distance of 50kms.
Kasaragod Railway Station is a major railway station that serves the Kasaragod Town in the Kasaragod District of Kerala.
Kasargod Bus Station is situated in the heart of Kasargod town, 3km away from the Kasargod Railway Station. The popular bus operators in the area include Sri Durgamba Travels, Kallada Travels and Ganesh Travels & Tours. Opt for online bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of discounts.
Honnavar is one of the five port towns located in the Uttara Kanada district of Karnataka. It is a beautiful coastal town and is about 442 km away from Bangalore. In 1342, the city was named as Honnavar or Hinaur by Ibn Batuta, an African traveller. Its pristine coastline, serene beaches and mesmerising waterfalls offer incredible travel experiences to travellers.
Budget Hotels in Honnavar
Some of the budget-friendly hotels in Honnavar are Hotel Goodluck (Rs. 500), Bhattara Hotel (Rs. 600) and Kamath Hotel (Rs.700).
Kannada is commonly spoken language here. Konkani, Nawayath and Marathi are other languages spoken in this region.
Events in Honnavar
Ugadi (April) and Mahashivratri (February) are a few well-celebrated festivals of Honnavar.
Places to See in Honnavar
There are several places to explore in Honnavar and its vicinity. Karikanamma, Asparkonda Waterfall and Keppa Jog Waterfall are located within the town. Idagunji (13km), Ramathirtha (3 km), Kasargod Beach (2 km) and Basavaraja Fort (3 km) are a few other places of interest nearby.
How to Get There
There is no airport in Honnavar. Hubli Airport is the nearest one and is about 180 km away from here.
Honnavar Railway Station, the major and nearest railway station, is only 5.6 km away from the town.
Compared to other means of commute, the frequency of buses are quite admirable in Honnavar. Buses from Bangalore, Pune, Goa and Hubli ply to and fro the town. SRS Travels is a one of the top private bus operators that serve the passengers on this route. Plan your vacation in advance and book online to get discounts on bus tickets.