Formerly a French colony, Mahé, which now comes under the Mahé district of the Union Territory of Puducherry, which is on the east coast, is surrounded by Kannur and Calicut District of Kerala. Also known as Mayyazhi, Maheis famous for the St. Teresa's Church, which brings in people from Singapore, Sri Lanka and England every year during the annual festival. Tourism is the main source of income for the people living here.
Places to Stay
There are a good number of hotels in Mahe. Tourists visiting the place can stay Hotel Safair, Hotel Jaypees and Hotel Rajeev that offers rooms starting from Rs.700 onwards.
The major festival in this region is Vishu and Christmas. The annual festival held at St. Teresa's Church from October 5th to 22nd brings in pilgrims from across the globe.
The major languages are Malayalam, Tamil and French.
Places to Visit
The MahéPalli (Mahé Church), Sree krishna temple and Sree Kurumba Bagavathi Temple are located in the heart of town is a famous pilgrimage centre of Mahe.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Calicut (85kms)
Mahe has its own railway station
Kovukkal Bus Stop, Mahe Railway Station Bus Stop, Mahe Police Station Bus Stop, New Mahe Bus Stop, Mammimukku Bus Stop, MahePaalam Bus Stop and KallayiChungam Bus Stoprun regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators Blessy Travels that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Through bus booking offers you can get a lot of discount while booking your tickets
Udupi, a coastal city in Mangalore, Karnataka, has a lot of tourist attractions that draw visitors from all across. The famous St. Mary’s Island which can only be reached by a ferry from Malpe is a perfect picnic spot where you can unwind. This city is also a pilgrimage center. Devotees flock to the famous Krishna Temple located here. Legends say that the name Udupi, comes from udu, which mean stars and pa, meaning Lord. Udupi is known for its Mangalorean Cuisine and rich culture. Folk art like the Yakshagana and Huli Vesha are famous in this region.
Budget Hotels in Udupi
There are many budget hotels for tourists in this city. Some of these hotels are Hotel Janardana (Tariff – Rs.751), Sai Residency (Tariff – Rs.664) and Hotel Sri Krishna Residency (Tariff – Rs.424).
The languages spoken in Udupi are Tulu, Konkani, Beary Bashe and Kannada.
Events in Udupi
There are many important festivals celebrated in Udupi such as Paryaya and Makar Sankranti in January, Krishna Janmashtami in August, Navratri in September-October, Vijaya Dashami in October, Diwali during October-November and Christmas in December.
Places to See in Udupi
Some of the popular places of interest in Udupi include Manipal (6 km), Anantheshwara, a kilometer away, Sri Krishna Temple (950-m), Karkala (37 km), Udyavara River (7 km), Pithrody Udyavar Beach (13 km), Malpe Beach (8 km) and Malpe Port (7 km) away.
How to Get There
Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport, which is 63 km away from Udupi.
The Udupi Railway Station is only 5 km away from the main city center.
Udupi is frequented by buses from both Mangalore and Bangalore, bringing tourists and pilgrims. Private bus operators such as Ganesh Travels, SRS Travels, VRL Travels, Paulo Travels, Sri Durgamba Travels, Canara Pinto Travels, Sea Bird Travels and Kamat Travels run Volvo A/C buses daily from Bangalore, Mangalore, Hospet, Gulbarga, Mumbai and Hyderabad to Udupi. Book online bus tickets through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of offers and discounts.