Solapur is a city in Maharashtra and lies on the border of Karnataka and Maharashtra. Solapur boasts a population of about 12 lakh making it the seventh largest city in the state. Solapur is world famous for its textile industries, cotton mills, power looms and some of the largest spinning mills. The city is the largest beedi production centre along with the Kirloskar industrial empire.
Places to Stay
There are a many hotels in Solapur such as Aishwarya Hotel, Dhruva Hotel, Ritesh Hotel, Ajantha Hotel that offer budget accommodation to visitors for prices under Rs 1500.
The Nandidhwaj procession on MakarSankranti is celebrated in January and the GaddaYatra, an annual fair attracts large crowds from in and around. Along with this, Diwali, Eid, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi are the major events celebrated with great fervour across the year.
Marathi is the major language spoken in Solapur followed by Telugu. Marathi and Kannada is a commonly used language.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Solapur are Solapur Fort, Siddheshwar Temple, Zashichi Rani Laxmibai Statue and a few lakes, zoos and parks are within city limits of 20 km.
How to Get There
Solapur Airport has direct flights to Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. The rest of the cities are connecting flights.
Solapur Railway Station has several trains connecting the city to Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad.
Solapur Bus Station is a major stop connecting Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and well connected to all major districts and cities via NH9, 13 and 211. Buses ply to all major centres in Maharashtra. Before going on a holiday, check out for deals and offers on several bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com.
Malvan is a historical town in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. Being a coastal town, the staple food of the population here is fish curry and rice. Malvan is also known for the varieties of mangoes produced here, which include the Alphonso. Sweets such as Ladoos and Khaja from this town are popular across the state. Malvani Dashavtar, which is a drama based on mythological stories forms an important part of Malvani culture.
Places to Stay
There are a few lodging options in Malvan which include Sun and Sand Hotel (Tariff – Rs.600), Om Nishanand (Tariff – Rs.1000) and Gajanan Resort (Tariff – Rs.800 onwards).
Marathi and Malvani are the languages spoken in this town.
The art form of Dashavataar is famous across the Konkan region of Maharashtra and very popular in Malvan. Lord Vishnu’s ten incarnations are depicted in the play which carries on well into the night. Each enactment of the drama is usually conducted during the course of one week.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Malvan. Some of these are the sea Fort of Sindhudurg (43 km), Tarkarli beach (7 km), Tondavali beach (19 km), Rameshwar Temple (23 km), and Vetal Mandir (4 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Malvan is the Dabolim Airport (132 km).
The nearest railway station is in Kudal which has daily trains to and from Mumbai.
Maharastra State road Transport Corporation provides daily bus service from Pune (387 km). Buses from Mumbai (514 km) and Ratnagiri (200 km) are also available. Volvo bus is the most preferred choice of all travellers these days.