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.
Dubbed as the "Crown City of Karnataka", Bidar got its name from the word, Bidiru which means bamboo. Bidar is famous for its fort by the same name, which is inspired by Persian architecture. Besides the fort, this ancient city is also home to several other historical monuments and architecture dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Some of the major attractions it boasts of are Solah Khamba Mosque, Gagan Mahal, Rangin Mahal and Zenana Palace.
Budget Hotels in Bidar
There are good budget hotels in Bidar. Some of them are Sai palace lodge (Tariff – Rs.1000), Sana Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Shivanand Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500) and Sangemeshwar Hotel (Tariff –1000).
The official language Bidar is Kannada. The other languages spoken includeTelugu and Hindi.
Events in Bidar
The Important Festivals of Bidar is Panguni Chithirai (March) and Navarathri (October).
Places to See in Bidar
There are several places of tourist attraction in Bidar. Some of the places include Prasanna Vinayagar Temple ( 10 kms from Bidar) , Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple 7 kms from Bidar), Maniknagar ( 6 km from Bidar) Bidar Fort ( 9 kms from Bidar) Kaadambaarai dam ( (16 kms from Udumalpet).
How to Get There
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad which is about 151 km from Bidar is the nearest airport to this city.
Bidar is wll connected with all the major districts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka by its railway station.
There are regular buses available from Bidar to other major destinations of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Pavit Travels, VRL Travels, SRM Transports India Private Limited. Discounted bus tickets are available on a number of travel websites like TicketGoose.com.