The largest urban centre in Chikkodi Taluk of Belgaum District, Karnataka, Nippani is an important agricultural and commercial trade centre in the district. The Poona-Bangalore National Highway and Vengurla-Bagalkot State Highway passes through the town. Nipani has a good number of colleges and schools and is well known in the surrounding region as the best destination for higher education. Nippani is also well-known for its high quality tobacco, which is used for manufacturing beedis.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Nippani. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Hari Priya Hotel,Sham Hotel, Vaibhav Lodge, Hotel Praveen Delux and Aram Hotel that offers rooms from Rs.500 onwards.
Annual festivals like Ugadi, Sankranthi, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Marathi and Kannada are spoken here.
Places to Visit
The Jain temples Stavanidhi (tavandi)Tirth (5kms) , Tavandi (Stavanidhi) (5kms) and Nippanikar Wada (.5km) are places to visit in this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Kolhapur
The nearest railway station is at Rukadirukadi
Nippani bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like CM Travels, Krsna Travels, SRS Travels and Nakoda Travels run regular buses to and from the town. Get online bus tickets to more than 4,000 destinations by logging on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking website of India.
Sion is located in Mumbai, Maharashtra. In the native language of Marathi, Sion is known as ‘Sheev. ’ This means ‘boundary’ or ‘limit.’ Sion is of historical importance as it marked the boundary between Bombay and Salsette Island in the 17th century. It is only about 11 km from the centre of Mumbai and so tourists can also include the sights of Mumbai on their itinerary.
Places to Stay
There are several budget-friendly hotels in Sion. Some of them are AXA Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 100), Eden Guest House and Dormitory (Tariff – Rs. 300), The Unicontinental (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Hotel Ashray international (Tariff – Rs. 2000.)
The official language of Sion is Marathi. Other languages that are spoken here include Hindi and Gujarati.
The important festivals of Sion are Ganesh Chaturthi in September and Dahi Handi around the time of Janamashtmi (in August.) Most other important festivals of all communities are celebrated.
Places of Interest
There are several places that can be considered to be tourist attractions in and around Sion. Some of these places include the Sion Fort and Chapel, Sewri Fort, Juhu Beach (11 km from Sion), the Gateway of India (19 km from Sion), Worli Sea Face (12 km from Sion), Kanheri Caves (28 km from Sion) and the Elephanta Caves (40 km from Sion.)
How to Get There
The airport nearest to Sion is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. It is located about 15 km away from the locality.
Sion is well-connected to all parts of the city through the central sub-urban railway line. The main railway station is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (16 km from Sion) which is connected to all important cities.
There are daily bus services to Thane, Navi Mumbai, Akola, Pune, Lonavala, Ahmedabad, Nashik, Goa, Ratnagiri and Hyderabad. Some of the best bus operators in this region are considered to be Pooja Tours And Travels, Kesari Tours Private Limited, Karanje Travels, Diamond Tourist and National Travels. Booking bus tickets online is very convenient as you can book from the confines of your home.