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.
Lakshmeshwar, a town located in North Karnataka’s Gadag district, is famous for its ancient temples and Jamma Masjid. This town was home to many Jain saints and is rich in its history and culture. Some say the name Lakshmeshwar originated from King Lakshmanarasa, who ruled over this region. The famous Kannada poet, Adikavi Pampa, wrote his inspirational poems in Lakshmeshwar.
Places to Stay
There are no lodging facilities in Lakshmeshwar. Visitors to this town can find affordable accommodation in Gadag which is 41 km away from this town. A few of these budget hotels are Hotel Vishwa Boarding and Lodging (Tariff – Rs.263), Geetanjali Residency (Tariff – Rs.393) and Hotel Shivani Inn (Tariff – Rs.470).
The official language spoken in Lakshmeshwar is Kannada.
The important festivals celebrated in Lakshmeshwar are Sankranti in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Ugadi in March, Ganesha Chaturthi in August-September, Dussehra in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
Lakshmeshwar has a few places of interest to offer tourists visiting this town. These attractions include Kodiyellamma Temple (850-m), Yalavigi (13 km), Kalas Lake (12 km), Pashupatihal (12 km) and Shirahatti, 20 km away from Lakshmeshwar.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is in Hubli which is 55 km away from Lakshmeshwar.
There is no railway station in Lakshmeshwar. Kalas Railway Station, which is 14 km away from Lakshmeshwar is the nearest railway station.
Lakshmeshwar has a wide network of buses from neighbouring cities and states. KSRTC run buses daily from various parts of Karnataka to Lakshmeshwar. In case you don’t have the time and energy to stand in bus counters, booking bus tickets online will help.