Masthikatte is a small village in the Shimoga District of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is part of the Bangalore Division and is situated 342 km away from state capital Bangalore. Masthikatte literally means a place where sati – a Hindu religion ritual was practiced. Some of the neighbouring cities to Masthikatte are Sagar, Shikapur, Shimoga and Kota.
Places to Stay
Some of the best accommodation facilities near Masthikatte are Hotel Varadashree (Tariff Rs. 1500 onwards), Jewel Rock Hotel (Tariff Rs. 800 onwards) and Madhura Residency Hotel (Tariff Rs. 1000 onwards).
Kannada, Urdu, Hindi and English are some of the languages spoken here.
Deepawali, Ganesh Chaturthi and Mahashivratri are some of the festivals celebrated in Masthikatte.
Places of Interest
Varahi Backwaters (located 3 km away from Masthikatte), Kunchikal Falls (located 5 km away from Masthikatte), Chandikamba Temple and Hulikal (situated 5 m away from Masthikatte) are some places to visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Masthikatte is the Bajpe Airport which is 121 km away from the village.
Some of the nearest railway stations to Mashtikatte are Shimoga Town Railway Station and Sagar Jambagaru Railway Station. The major railway station closest to Mashtikatte is the Mangalore Railway Station. It is 134 km away from the village.
There are many buses connecting to neighbouring cities like Shimoga, Sagar and Kundapura. Private operators such as SRS Travels provide bus services frequently to Masthikatte from places like Bangalore and Mumbai. Utilise the discounts and offers when you are booking a bus ticket online.
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.