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.
The largest urban centre in Chikkodi Taluk of Belgaum District, Karnataka, Nippani is an important agricultural and commercial trade centre in the district. The Poona-Bangalore National Highway and Vengurla-Bagalkot State Highway passes through the town. Nipani has a good number of colleges and schools and is well known in the surrounding region as the best destination for higher education. Nippani is also well-known for its high quality tobacco, which is used for manufacturing beedis.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Nippani. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Hari Priya Hotel,Sham Hotel, Vaibhav Lodge, Hotel Praveen Delux and Aram Hotel that offers rooms from Rs.500 onwards.
Annual festivals like Ugadi, Sankranthi, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Marathi and Kannada are spoken here.
Places to Visit
The Jain temples Stavanidhi (tavandi)Tirth (5kms) , Tavandi (Stavanidhi) (5kms) and Nippanikar Wada (.5km) are places to visit in this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Kolhapur
The nearest railway station is at Rukadirukadi
Nippani bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like CM Travels, Krsna Travels, SRS Travels and Nakoda Travels run regular buses to and from the town. Get online bus tickets to more than 4,000 destinations by logging on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking website of India.