Sasthan is a rural area in the South Indian state of Karnataka. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the famous city of Udupi at a distance of 20 km south. Technically speaking, the place lies along the Arabian Sea coast. The area is a perfect stop for those seeking a feel of the cool sea breeze, traditional cuisine as well as temples.
Places to Stay
Due to limited options of hotels in the area, the best place for lodging is undoubedtly Udupi. Some of the budget hotels worth giving a try are Ayodhya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Mahima Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Metropolis Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Swathi Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of the area is Kannada.
The important festivals of the region are Ugadi in March-April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Being in close proximity to the coast, everywhere you go will be picturesque and beautiful. Some of the famous beaches which are worth a visit in the area are Padukere Beach (10 km away), the breath-taking estuary-cum-beach called Bengre Kemmannu (24 km away) and Beejadi Beach (15 km away).
How to Get There
Bajpe Airport in Mangalore is the nearest airport at a distance of 75 km.
The Udupi Railway Station is located around 21 km away is the closest major railway station to the town.
Direct buses as well as via buses to the town are available from nearby towns and cities as the town has a lot of significance in the national arena for its beaches. It is mostly state-transport buses which indirectly cater to the needs of people. Private operators have also slowly joined the race, among whom SRS Travels is one. Buses to the area are available from Udupi. Book online bus tickets through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of offers and discounts.
Bijapur is an ancient historical and cultural city that was established in 11th century during the Chalukya dynasty. It is 530 km away from Bangalore and nearby Belgaum. Known for its medieval monuments of Islamic architecture, Bijapur has the second largest dome in the world, the “Gol Gumbaz” and the first mosque in India, the “Jamai Masjid”. Historical mosques, palaces, canons, tombs, and dams here draw a large number of tourists to Bijapur every year. The city is well connected by rail and road.
Budget Hotels in Bijapur
Bijapur has a sizeable number of budget hotels. Some of them are Madhuvan International (Tariff-Rs. 950), Kanishka International Hotel (Tariff-Rs. 500), and Shashinag Residency Hotel (Tariff-Rs. 650).
The official language of Bijapur is Kannada. English is the alternate language used.
Events in Bijapur
Navaraspur Music Festival is an annual classical music concert held in January and February every year. A fair organized by Shri Siddheshwar temple during Makar Sankranti is also a popular event here.
Places to See in Bijapur
Swami Narayan temple, Ram Bagh temple, Basanta Vana, Malik-e-Maidan, Almatti Dam, Ibrahim Rouza, and Mehtar Mahal are key tourist landmarks in Bijapur.
How to Get There
Bijapur does not have an airport of its own. The nearest domestic airport to Bijapur is in Belgaum (205 km).
A couple of trains pass through and stop by at Bijapur.
Bangalore is approximately 682 km away from Bijapur. Around six operators offer bus services from Bangalore to Bijapur on a daily basis. Some of them are SRS Travels Bangalore and VRL Travels. Get online bus tickets to more than 4,000 destinations by logging on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking website of India