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.
Saligrama in Karnataka’s Udupi district is a beautiful coastal town. Its proximity to Kundapara (16 km) and Udupi (20 km) makes it a preferred weekend getaway for those who are looking for a break far away from the bustling city. There are several beaches like Padukere Beach (6 km), Beejadi Beach (11 km) and Beach Bengre Kemmannu (23 km), which are worth exploring.
Places to Stay
In terms of accommodation, Saligrama has very few options. Tourists can opt to stay in Udupi, where there are numerable budget hotels. Some of them are Summer Park Hotel (Tariff –Rs.900), Rukmini Residency Hotel (Tariff –Rs.700) and Swadesh Heritage Hotel (Tariff –Rs.600).
Kannada is the official language of Saligrama.
Mahashivaratri in February, Ugadi in March-April and Dasara in September-October are some of the major festivals celebrated with great pomp in Saligrama.
Places of Interest
This place has several attractions, including beaches and temples worth visiting in Saligrama. Some of the beaches that tourists can visit are Padukere Beach (6 km), Beejadi Beach (11 km), Beach Bengre Kemmannu (23 km).
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport, which is 78 km from here, is the closest to the village.
The nearest major railhead connecting this place is the Udupi Railway Station, which is 24 km away.
Direct buses are available from cities like Mumbai, Mysore and Bangalore. VRL Travels, Durgamba Travels, SRS Travels and Sugama Tourist are some of the top operators travelling on this route. Ticketgoose.com offers a wide variety of choices for bus booking anywhere in India.