A city in Shivamogga District in central Karnataka, Shimoga (Shivamogga in Kannada), situated on the banks of the Tunga River is considered "Rice Bowl" of the State. Dotted with paddy fields, arecanut and coconut groves, Shimoga’s location makes it gateway to the hilly regions of the Western Ghats, hence the city is popularly known as "Capital of Malnad". Waterfalls, swaying palms and lush paddy fields make this city one of the most picturesque locations in the state.
Budget Hotels in Shimoga
Shimoga has a wide variety of accommodation options near the bus stand. Some of them are Royal Orchid Central (Tariif-Rs. 2,308), Surya Comforts (2kms from Bus Stand Tariff-Rs. 539) and Hotel Navaratna International (Tariif-Rs. 400).
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Events in Shimoga
Other annual religious festivals, the Marikamba festival is celebrated in Sagar every year and also the Fireflies Festival of Sacred Music.
Places to See in Shimoga
There are great many places near Ssimoga that attracts tourists. The places reasonably close to the bus stand include Shivappa Nayaka Palace (1kms), Gajanur dam (15 kms) and Koodli (15 kms) is the place where the Tungaa and Bhadraa rivers meet.
How to Get There
While Mangalore (180 km) is the nearest airport in the city, Shimoga Airport (Opening Dec 2013) is currently under construction in Sogane (6kms)
Shimoga has its own railway station.
Shimoga Bus Terminal connects the city to other neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like SRE Travels, Varalakshmi Tours & Travels and SRS Travels run regular buses to and from Shimoga. If you are booking bus tickets online through ticketgoose.com you can travel hassle-free to anywhere in India.
Koteshwar, a coastal village in Karnataka’s Udupi district, is well known for its Kotilingeshwara Temple. Some of the nearby cities include Udupi, Karkala, Mudbidri and Kota. This area is famous for its beaches and wildlife reserves. Tourists coming to this village will not run short of places to visit. It receives a lot of rain during the monsoon. If you love the season, you can be in this village to experience the monsoon.
Places to Stay
There are no accommodation facilities in Koteshwar. Tourists to this village can find good budget hotels in Udupi which is 34 km away. A few of the hotels here are Hotel Janardana (Tariff – Rs.751), Hotel Pancharatna Paradise (Tariff – Rs.526), Hotel Swadesh Heritage (Tariff – Rs.586) and Hotel Sharada International (Tariff – Rs.607).
The languages spoken in Koteshwar are Tulu, Konkani and Kannada.
The important festivals here are Sankranti in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Ugadi in March, Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Dussehra in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions in and around Koteshwar. These places include Kotilingeshwara Temple (950 m), Beejadi (2 km), Kodi Beach (6 km), Kote Kere (6 km), Gangolii Estuary (8 km), Kundapur Backwater (5 km) and Beejadi Beach (5 km) away from this village.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Mangalore Airport, which is situated 91 km away from Koteshwar.
There is no railway station in Koteshwar. Kundapura Railway Station is the nearest railway station being 6 km away from Koteshwar.
Koteshwar is bustling with buses from nearby cities and towns. Private bus operators such as VRL Travels and Ganesh Tourists run buses daily from Bangalore and Mysore to Koteshwar. Booking a bus ticket in advance will save you a lot of hassle.