A town located in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, Sawantwadi is often referred to as the ‘gateway to Goa’. Bestowed with nature’s bounty, this picturesque locale is a great stop for tourists looking for a short, scenic getaway. Known for its flourishing woodcraft industry, Sawantwadi is also known for its wooden toys.
Places to Stay
Few notable hotels in Sawantwadi are: Konkan Crown Resort (Tariff – Rs 1800), Shilpagram Holiday Resort (Tariff – Rs 1200) or Saish International (Tariff – Rs 1200).
The official language of Sawantwadi is Konkani. Marathi is also spoken here.
Dusshera-which falls in the month of October or November, and Rakhi or Rakshabandhan are celebrated with much fervour here.
Places of Interest
Some places worth a visit in Sawantwadi include Sawantwadi Palace and the lake in front of the palace – Moti Talao. Also visit the 150-year-old Raghunath Market, which is known for its handicrafts. The Amboli Hill Station, which is about 29 km from Sawantwadi, is highly recommended.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Dabolim in Goa. It is located about 87 km away from the town.
The nearest railway station is the Sawantwadi Road Station, where the Konkan Railway makes a stop.
Sawantiwadi is a point of convergence for four roads coming in from different directions. NH-17 goes towards Mumbai, and goes as far down as Kochi in Kerala. The road headed south reaches Panjim, Goa, within an hour’s time. East-bound roads head towards Belgaum in Karnataka. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include ARC Travels, Hindusthan Travels and Joy Travels. Online bus booking facility is the most convenient way to book your tickets.
Hubli also known as Hubbali is the fastest growing city in Karnataka, after the state capital Bangalore. The Kannada word “Hubbali” when translated in English means “Flowering creeper”. Cotton and peanuts are grown in abundance here. Logistics, machine tools industries, steel, pharma, leather, tanning and rubber industries contribute majorly to Hubli’s economy. Well connected by road, rail and air, Hubli shall soon have a Monorail project in order to boost the inter-city transport. Food specialties, colleges, a fine university and tourist places make Hubli a must-visit.
Budget Hotels in Hubli
Good budget hotels exist in Hubli. There is Hotel Peacock (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Ajantha (Tariff – Upto Rs. 1000) and Hotel Ashray Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 500).
Hubli’s official language is Kannada. The other languages spoken here are Marathi, Urdu and English.
Events in Hubli
The important event celebrated in Hubli is Dharwad Utsav held in November.
Places to See in Hubli
There are several tourist attractions in Hubli. These include Indira Gandhi Glass House (2.1 km), Kittur Rani Chennamma Circle (2.5 km), Unkal Lake (3.4 km),Siddharoodha Math (4 km), Nrupatunga Hill (5.2 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport to this town is Hubli Airport, which is approximately 6.5 km away.
Well connected to several cities, Hubli Railway Station has a state-of-the art food and shopping plaza.
There are bus services to Hubli from Hyderabad, Mangalore, Gulbarga and other major cities. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Kesineni Travels, SRS Travels, and VRL Travels. To book a bus ticket you no longer need to go to a bus counter, as online tickets are available on bus booking portals.