Sirsi is the largest town located in North Kanara district of Karnataka. The town is famous as a hill station, surrounded by lush greenery and marvelous waterfalls. The cultivation of abundant adike (supari) or betel nut has made this place as one of the major trading centres of betel nut. The town is located at a distance of 105 km from Hubli and 25 km from Banavasi town.
Places to Stay
A number of hotels at reasonable prices are available in Sirsi. Some of them which are worth mentioning are Madhuvana Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400) and Samrat Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 300) among others.
The official language of Sirsi is Kannada.
The major events and festivals celebrated in Sirsi are Ugadi, observed in April; Deepavali in October-November, Ganesh Chaturthi in September-October, Karaga festival in March and others.
Places of Interest
There are many sightseeing locations available in Sirsi. The magnificent view of the Aghanashini River is a major attraction that draws many tourists to this place. The other important tourist destinations are the famous Marikamba temple of 16th century, Sahasralinga, Banavasi and Unchalli Falls.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Hubli Airport, located at a distance of 108 km from Sirsi.
The nearest railway station is the Kumta Railway Station located at a distance of 61 km from the main town.
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is the major bus service that plies between many places around the town. There are also many private bus operators such as VRL Travels, SRS Travels, Sugama Tourist among others. Several bus booking portals offer bus ticket booking coupon on their sites. Look out for discount codes when you book your tickets.
A town in the southern part of Karnataka, Chitradurgais known as the ‘stone fortress’ because of the bold rock hills, picturesque valleys and huge towering boulders that can be seen in the region. Chitradurga is located at the junction of NH-4 and NH-13. The place is a well-known archaeological site and it has great number of monuments and temples that date back to several centuries.
Places to Stay
Chitradurga has a great number of hotels located within a kilometre from the bus stand. Amogha International Hotel, Gaviranganatha Swamy Hotel and Hotel Ayyengaroffer rooms for Rs. 700 onwards.
Annual festivals like Sankranthi, Dussehra, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Kannada is the main language spoken in this town.
Places to Visit
Chitradurga Fort (1.2kms), Sampige Siddalingeshwara Temple (1.2kms), Banashankari Temple and Ankali Mutt (1.2kms), Bruhanmutt (3kms), Ingaladalu (2kms), Aadumalleshwara (5kms), Thamatekallu (8kms) and Jogimatti (10kms) are some of the places to visit near the bus stand.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Chitradurga is the Hubli Airport (214kms)
Chitradurga has its own railway station
Chitradurga bus stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators Raj Tour and Travel, Neeta Tours and Travels and VRL Travels that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Avail of a bus ticket discount coupon from Ticketgoose when you book your tickets online.