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.
Holalkere is a taluk headquarters in the Chitradurga district of Karnataka. It has been an old Jain settlement since the 9th century. It is famous for the innumerable Acra-nut plantations that are in the surrounding villages. Holalkere has a Ganesh idol from the 15th century, carved out from a single stone. It is said that a wish made with a true heart in front of this idol will always be fulfilled.
Places to Stay
Holalkere has very few hotels. The best place to find accommodation is in Chitradurga (12 km.) Hotels such as Hotel Amogha International (Tariff -Rs. 840), Hotel Ravi Mayur International (Tariff on contact) and Hotel Naveen Regency (Tariff - Rs. 2000) are some of the popular ones.
The official language spoken here is Kannada. Other languages that are spoken here are Marathi, English and Tulu.
Diwali and Eid are popular festivals in Holalkere. Holi is also celebrated with great enthusiasm.
Places of Interest
Popular tourist attractions around Holalkere are Chandravalli (a famous archaeological site,) Thamatekallu (said to have the oldest stone sculpture in Karnataka) and the Rangathaswamy temple in Neerthadi.
How to Get There
The airports closest to Holalkere are the Mangalore Airport (183km) and the Hubli Airport (188 km.)
Holalkere has its own railway station. The closest junction to it is in Chitradurga (39km).
There are regular bus services to Holalkere. Operators like SRE Travels provide their services here. These buses also ply to Mysore, Bangalore and Hubli. It is easy to get a discount on bus booking by logging on to several online bus booking websites.