Parkala is a suburb of Udupi city located east of Manipal in Udupi district of Karnataka. It is located along the banks of river Swarna and is dotted with paddy fields, coconut and arecanut plantations and forests. Gatson colony the most famous colony in Udupi is located in Parkala.
Places to Stay
Good budget accommodations are available in Udipi. Some of them are Hotel Big Boss (Tariff - Rs.500), Royal International Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 500), Green Park Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 1000)
Konkani, Tulu and Kannada are widely spoken here.
A popular market called the Santhe in local lingo is held every week.
Places to Visit
Parkala has ancient temples, a mosque, besides schools—one of them, the Basel Mission School, is more than 100 years old.
How to Get There
The nearest international airport is at Bajpe (60 kms) in Mangalore.
Parkala is connected by road and railway, the nearest railway station being the Udupi Railway Station (8 kms) on the Konkan Railway.
Parkala is connected by public and private transport to major cities in Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers traveling to Parkala include Sea Bird Travels SRS Travels and Neeta Travels. Booking bus tickets through ticketgoose.com is a hassle-free experience.
Kundapur is a coastal town of Karnataka located about 37 km from Udupi. It is about 441 km from away from Bangalore and 91 km from Mangalore, and connects the important places via NH17. The town is named after the famous Kundeshwar Temple which is now a major tourist destination. A number of beaches and sacred temples that lie within the vicinity of the town are well-known places of interest.
Places to Stay
A number of good budget hotels are found in Kundapur. Some of them which are worth mentioning are Hotel Sharon (Tariff – Rs.526), Hotel Shalom (Tariff – Rs.341), Jewel park Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
Kannada is the official language of Kundapur town.
Some famous festivals and events celebrated in Kundapur are the car festival, Ram Navami in March, Shivarathri in February, Holi in February-March, and Dassera in October.
Places of Interest
The major tourist place in Kundapura is the Kodi Beach situated in close proximity to the town. There are a number of important pilgrimage sites such as the famous Kundeshwara Temple and the Mookambika Temple and other ancient Temples found here. The Maravanthe Beach destination and Ottinene are the prime tourist attractions that are worth visiting.
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport is the major airport near this town situated at a distance of about 97 km.
The nearest railway station is the Kundapura Railway Station, at a distance of 6 km from the town.
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) are the major bus services available in the town. Other private bus operators that run across major cities and suburbs are SRS Travels, VRL Travels, Ganesh Travels & Tours and many more. By booking bus tickets online you will save yourself a lot of headache