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.
Tirupati, a world famous temple city, well known for its Balaji Darshan all over the world is situated in Chitoor district, Andhra Pradesh. It is famous for its Venkateswara Swamy Temple, which is 20 km on Tirumala hills. This temple is one of the richest in the world. Neighbouring cities are Renigunta and Puttur.
Budget Hotels in Tirupathi
Some good budget hotels in Tirupati are 7 Hills Inn (Tariff – Rs.496), Annapurna Residency (Tariff – Rs.516), and Hotel Bhimas Paradise (Tariff – Rs.975).
Telugu is widely spoken in Tirupati.
Events in Tirupathi
As Tirupati is a central pilgrimage destination, there are many events and festivals held regularly. Millions of people throng to get blessings of Lord Venkateswara. Rathasapthami is celebrated in February, Vasanthotsavam in March-April and Brahmotsavam is held in September.
Places to See in Tirupathi
Tirupati itself is world famous for its temples. The other places of interest around Tirupati are Tirupati Balaji Temple, Sri Govindrajaswamy Temple (situated within Tirupati Balaji Temple), Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple (12 km), and Chandragiri (11 km).
How to Get There
The airport is situated 16 km away from Tirupati.
The railway station is centrally located and connects Tirupati to different areas. There are also special services offered to devotees to visit Tirupati from all over India.
Many state-run and private buses offer special package trips to Tirupati from all over India throughout the year. Numerous bus booking websites provide bus ticket booking offers, especially during the festive season.