Mahabubnagar is one of the biggest towns in the district of Mahabubnagar in Andhra Pradesh. Mahabubnagar is also known as ‘Palamoor’ or ‘Rukmammapeta’. Mahabubnagar is primarily known for its banyans trees that grow in abundance here. It is located 100 km away from the capital city, Hyderabad. Mahabubnagar is also famous for its Golconda diamonds and also for the Kohinoor diamond which was found here.
Places to Stay
There are several good budget hotels in Mahabubnagar. Some of them are Geetha Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), The Grand Sindhu (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Avanthi Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Ganesh Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Mahabubnagar is Telugu. Other languages spoken here are English and Tamil in some parts of the area.
The important festivals in Mahabubnagar are Shivaratri- celebrated in the month of March, and Ganesh Chaturthi in the month of September-October.
Places of Interest
Few places of interest in Mahabubnagar are Pillalamarri (3 km), Priyadarshini Jurala Dam (60 km), Gadwal Fort (16 km from Erravelli), and Khilla Ghanpur (26 km).
How to Get There
There is no airport at Mahabubnagar. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (70 km) is the nearest major airport.
Mahabubnagar railway station is the only major junction here.
Mahabubnagar is well connected with all the major cities of Andhra Pradesh. There are local buses which ply from Mahabubnagar to different cities like Gulbargah, Kurnool, and Mumbai. Tourists can book bus tickets well in advance from local bus operators or private bus operators like KP Travels or Bhagyashree Travels etc to reach their destination comfortably. Booking bus tickets online from several bus booking websites like Ticketgoose.com is very convenient.
Padubidri or Padubidre is a small town in the coastal district of Udupi in the state of Karnataka. It is on the way from Udupi to Mangalore route. National Highway 17 (now NH 66) passes through Padubidri. Padubidri is surrounded by Yermal in the north, Hejamady in the south, Nandikur (Nandikoor) in the east and the Arabian sea on the west. Mangalore and Udupi are the nearby cities.
Places to Stay
Some of the good budget hotels in Padubidri are Hotel Amar Comforts (Tariff- Rs 400), Sri Devi Hotel (Tariff- Rs 500) and SG Lake Resort (Tariff- Rs 600)
Tulu language is widely spoken in Padubidri followed by Kannada, Konkani, Beary and Urdu.
Padubidri is famous for the ritual Dakkebali, at Brahmasthana which is held every two years. This ritual is held in odd series of years 2005, 2007 and so on. Another famous festival in Padubidri is the annual car festival held in April at Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapathi temple.
Places to visit
Padubidri's main attractions are its famous temples and the beach. Places to see include Padubidri End Point (30 kms), Padubidri Mahalingeshwara Maha Ganapathi Temple (12.4 kms), Padubidri beach (1.6mks) and Padubidri Power plant (6 kms).
How to Get There
Closest airport is the Mangalore airport (23.5 kms) serving both domestic and International destinations.
The nearest railway station is the Padubidri (8.5 kms from the bus stand).
All buses from Mangalore to Udupi Travel en route to Padubidri. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Anand Travels, Sri Durgamba Travels, SRS Travels, Ganesh Tourists and VRL Travels. Various bus ticket online booking sites make it convenient for travellers to book their tickets with ease.