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.
Surathkal is a municipal town situated on NH 66 in the South Kanara district of Karnataka. The town is located at a distance of 13 km from the district headquarters of Mangalore. The town is famous for the sacred Mahalingeshwara Temple which attracts many devotees all the year round. The town has many spectacular beaches and natural lakes that are ideal for visiting. The nearest cities to Surathkal are Mangalore (13 km) and Udupi (42 km).
Places to Stay
A number of hotels at reasonable rates are located in the region. Some of them which are worth giving a try are Lalit International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Maharaja International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Laxmi Mahal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Poonja International (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Srinivas Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), The prestige (Tariff – Rs. 900) and many more.
The official language of the area is Kannada. Apart from this, Tulu is also widely spoken in the area.
The important festivals that are celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm are Makar Sankranti in January, Ugadi in March-April, Ganesh Chaturthi in September, Hampi Festival in November, Dussehra in October and many more.
Places of Interest
Surathkal is blessed with a number of picturesque beaches named as Surathkal Beach with the lighthouse that offers the breathtaking sunset view as well as the beautiful Panambur Beach. There are also number of natural waterfalls such as Hanuman Gundi waterfalls, Unchalli Falls, Jog Falls, and Sirimane Falls that are worth visiting.
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport, located at a distance of 15 km from the town.
Surathkal Railway Station, located at a distance of 1 km is the nearest railway station from the region.
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is the major bus service that operates between many destinations. There are also many private operators such as Sri Dugamba Travels and others that provide services between many places. The online bus ticket booking facility at Ticketgoose.com can save you a lot of time and energy.