Koteshwar, a coastal village in Karnataka’s Udupi district, is well known for its Kotilingeshwara Temple. Some of the nearby cities include Udupi, Karkala, Mudbidri and Kota. This area is famous for its beaches and wildlife reserves. Tourists coming to this village will not run short of places to visit. It receives a lot of rain during the monsoon. If you love the season, you can be in this village to experience the monsoon.
Places to Stay
There are no accommodation facilities in Koteshwar. Tourists to this village can find good budget hotels in Udupi which is 34 km away. A few of the hotels here are Hotel Janardana (Tariff – Rs.751), Hotel Pancharatna Paradise (Tariff – Rs.526), Hotel Swadesh Heritage (Tariff – Rs.586) and Hotel Sharada International (Tariff – Rs.607).
The languages spoken in Koteshwar are Tulu, Konkani and Kannada.
The important festivals here are Sankranti in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Ugadi in March, Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Dussehra in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions in and around Koteshwar. These places include Kotilingeshwara Temple (950 m), Beejadi (2 km), Kodi Beach (6 km), Kote Kere (6 km), Gangolii Estuary (8 km), Kundapur Backwater (5 km) and Beejadi Beach (5 km) away from this village.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Mangalore Airport, which is situated 91 km away from Koteshwar.
There is no railway station in Koteshwar. Kundapura Railway Station is the nearest railway station being 6 km away from Koteshwar.
Koteshwar is bustling with buses from nearby cities and towns. Private bus operators such as VRL Travels and Ganesh Tourists run buses daily from Bangalore and Mysore to Koteshwar. Booking a bus ticket in advance will save you a lot of hassle.
A city located in the Davanagere District of Karnataka, Harihar is famous for the Harihareshwara temple. Geographically located in the centre of the state, Harihar is on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. The National Highway 4 (Puna – Bangalore) passes via this city. Harihar serves as a major industrial base as a large number of industries are headquartered here.
Places to Stay
There are not many hotels in Harihar. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at the Shantappa Hotel, Nandini Deluxe Lodge and Ambica Lodge that offer rooms from Rs.500 onwards.
Ugadi, Sankranthi, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here. The annual Car Festival at the temple is a grandly celebrated
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Places to visit within a kilometre of the bus stand are the Harihareshwara Temple, Sree Parvathi Temple, the Omkar Math and the Mother Mary's Church. The Hazarat Chaman Shah Wali Dargha is located 6kms away, while the Ranibennur Blackbuck Sanctuary is located about 20kms away.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Hubli (131kms)
Harihar has its own Railway Station
The Harihar Bus Station runs regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like Mahesh Travels, Vijayanand Roadlines, Durgamba travels, SRE travels and Latha Tours and Travels that run regular buses to and from the town. Log on to Ticketgoose.com and get bus booking online to over 4,000 destinations across the country.