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.
Nidagundi is a small village in Raybaug taluka of Karnataka, India. It is part of the Bijapur district in Belgaum division. Nidagundi’s main occupation is agriculture. The cities nearest to Nidagundi are Bijapur (66 km) and Belgaum (87 km). Nidagundi has an almost equal male-female population ratio. Nidagundi has several places of tourist interest for the eager traveller.
Places to Stay
Although there are no hotels in Nidagundi, Belgaum has a number of good budget hotel options. These include Hotel Ramdev International (Tariff – Rs. 1000 and above) and Hotel Rakshit International (Tariff – Rs. 1000 and above).
The official language of Nidagundi is Kannada. No other languages are spoken here.
The important festivals of Nidagundi are the Hindu festivals of Navratri, Sri Rama Navami, Deepavali and others.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in and around Nidagundi. Most of these are of historical and religious significance. The Jain temple in Pattadakal (52 km) is an ancient architectural marvel constructed by the Rashtrakutas of Manyakheta. The Sangameswara Temple (53 km) dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be one of the oldest temples in India.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Nidagundi is Belgaum Airport. The airport is located about 97 km away from the area.
Nidagundi is connected to Southern Railway by Badami, 20 km away. Trains to many places in the south halt here.
There are daily bus services to Bangalore and other places. The best bus operator that offers good service to passengers is SRS Travels. Book your tickets online by comparing the bus ticket prices from several bus booking portals.