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.
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