Nileshwar is a town that is located in the Kasaragod district of Kerala. It is one of the three major towns in the district. The other two are Kanhangad (9 km from Nileshwar) and Kasaragod (37 km from Nileshwar.) Nileshwar is situated between the two rivers of Thejaswini puzha and Nileshwaram puzha. It is known as the cultural capital of the district and the town is known for its places of religious importance. Various folk arts are performed in Nileshwar and there are also several markets here.
Places to Stay
There are several hotels in Nileshwar. Some of them are Kanan Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 10,300), Malabar Hotel Front Resort and Spa (Tariff Rs. 6000) and Gokulam Nalanda Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1000.)
The official language of Nileshwar is Malayalam. Konkani is also spoken here.
The Theyyam ritual is important in Nileshwar. It is held between October and May each year. Other festivals include the Kalasam and the Pooram.
Places of Interest
There are several places that can be considered to be tourist attractions in Nileshwar. Some of them are the Arayakkil Sree Veerabhadraswami temple (1 km from Nileshwar), the Cheranathala Sree Vishnumoorthi temple, the Shaasta temple and the Benkana Kavu.
How to Get There
The airport nearest to Nileshwar is the Mangalore airport. It is located about 99 km away from the town.
There are daily trains from Mangalore (89 km from Nileshwar), Ernakulam (325 km from Nileshwar), Kanhangad and Kasaragod.
There are daily bus services to Calicut (146 km from Nileshwar), Trivandrum (531 km from Nileshwar) and Ernakulam. KTC Tours is said to be a reliable bus operator in this region. Discounted bus tickets are available on a number of travel websites like TicketGoose.com.
Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is often referred to as the ‘Garden City’ because of the numerous parks and gardens that dot the localities of the city. It is also considered as a major information technology (IT) hub of the country and thus called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Kempe Gowda, a feudal ruler affiliated to the Vijayanagara kingdom, first established a mud fort, which turned out to be the foundation of the present day city. The city passed through a myriad of rulers ranging from the Marathas, Mughals and Mysore rulers before becoming a part of independent India.
Budget Hotels in Bangalore
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of Bangalore is Kannada. Hindi, English, Telugu and Tamil are also understood and widely spoken.
Events in Bangalore
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Karaga in April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places to See in Bangalore
Some of the places worth trying out in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park,Vidhana Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull Temple, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary’s Basilica. Wonderla Amusement Park at a distance of 28 km is popular with youngsters and children looking for a break on weekends.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport at a distance of 36 km.
Bangalore City Junction Railway Station is the major railway station in the city.
There is bus service running from almost everywhere in south India to Bangalore city. State transport buses as well as private operators ply their buses to and fro the city. SRS Travels, Kallada Travels and SRM, Travels are some of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.