A hill station in Karnataka, Madikeri also known as Mercara, lies on the Karnataka State Highway 88 that runs from Mysore to Mangalore. Being a hillstation there is no connectivity to rail heads or airports. Road is the only way to get to this town. Endless mountain ranges, coffee plantations and forests make this town a major attraction among tourists.
Places to Stay
There are a good number of hotels in Madikeri. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Hotel Crystal Court and Eshwari Cottagethat offers rooms starting from Rs.1000 onwards.
The MadikeriDasara is a ten-day celebration that has been happening for the last 100years. The other festivals are Kailpodhu, Kaveri Sankramanaand Puttari. The Karaga festival also starts during the same time as Navaratri.
Kodava Takk, Kannada, Byari, Bhashe and Gowda Kannada are spoken in this town.
Places to Visit
The Madikeri Fort, Kote Ganapathitemple (2kms) and the Omkareshwara Temple located in the heart of the town are places to visit here.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Mysore (120kms)
The nearest railway station is at Hassan (115kms)
MadikeriBus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators Poornima Tours and Greenline Travels that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Book online bus tickets through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of offers and discounts.
Tirupati is a town known for its temples and is regarded as a holy town. The famous Sri Venkateshwara Temple is located at the top of the mountain and the town is at the foothill. The specialty about this region is that it is based on seven peaks, and thus got the name of Sapthagiri. There are many states in India that offer package tours to Tirupati.
Budget Hotels in Thirupathi Package
There are good budget hotels in Tirupati like PVR Residency located in Shiva Jyothi Nagar (Tariff – Rs.800), Sri Sai Krishna Residency located opposite RTC Bus stand in P.K. Layout (Tariff – Rs.600), KVP Residency (Tariff – Rs.695), and Hotel Gopikrishna (Tariff – Rs.493) both on Old Tiruchanoor Road.
The official language spoken in Tirupati is Telugu.
Events in Thirupathi Package
The important festival in Tirupati is Brahmotsavam, celebrated during September - October. The other festivals are Adhyayanotsavam held during December - January, and Pavitrotsavam during June -July.
Places to See in Thirupathi Package
There are several places of tourist attraction in and around Tirupati; the most important being Sri Venkateshwara Temple on top of the seventh hill in Tirumala. Silathoranam, an ancient rock formation and TTD Gardens in Tirumala are also a famous and worth visiting and Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple in Tirupati.
How to Get There
Tirupati has an airport which is 14 km from the city center.
Tirupati railway station is well connected to all the states by rail. The Tirupati-Puducherry passenger train travels daily, and there are also many express trains that pass through Tirupati.
Since Tirupati is a pilgrimage destination, there are many state-run buses that ferry pilgrimages. Lately, there are also many private tour and bus operators that offer discount packages to pilgrims. You can get discount coupons for bus booking if you plan to book your bus tickets at least a fortnight prior to your journey.