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.
Thekkatte is a small coastal village in Kundapura of Udupi district, Karnataka. Udupi is 30 km away and Bangalore is 432 km from Thekkatte. Nearby coastal cities are Karkala, Udupi, Kota, and Mudbidri. There are several beaches along the coastal line. People can also visit surrounding areas like Karkala, Bhatkal, Hosanagara, and Udupi.
Places to Stay
There are no hotels located around Thekkatte. Affordable hotels are available in Kundapura, 10 km from Thekkatte. Some of the hotels are Parijatha Lodge (Tariff – Rs.393), Hotel Shalom (Tariff – Rs.341), Jewel Park Hotel (Tariff – Rs.900), and Hotel Sharon (Tariff – Rs.572).
The languages spoken in Thekkatte are Tulu, Konkani, Kannada, Beary Bashe, English, and Hindi.
Important festivals celebrated in Thekkatte are Kite Festival in January, Ugadi in March-April, Krishna Janmashtami and Mosaru Kudike held during August-September, Shivratri in February, and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many beaches which are famous for their water sports. Some of the places in Kundapura which are worth visiting are Kodi Beach (7 km), Kundeshwara Temple (2 km), Trasi (12 km), and Marvanthe Beach (13 km).
How to Get There
The Bajpe Airport, which is about 82 km from Thekkatte, is the nearest.
There are no railway stations in this area. Kundapur Railway Station is 12 km from Thekkatte.
There are many state-owned and private buses that connect Thekkatte to other localities. Some of the private operators like Sri Durgamaba Travels and Sugama Travels have regular trips to Thekkatte from places like Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli, and Dharwad. Book your tickets in advance and avail of your bus ticket discount coupon, especially given during festive seasons.