Tumkur is a beautiful industrial town located in the administrative district of Karnataka state. It lies along NH 206 at a distance of 70 km northwest of Bangalore. Tumkur traverses great number of river valleys and fascinating hills with 4000 feet more spreading along the landscape. You can see forested slopes of Devarayanadurga hills with its unique wild life species. The best season to visit Tumkur is during October to March.
Places to Stay
There are several budget hotels to stay in Tumkur. Few of them are Naveen Regency hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1200), Woodlands Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Sri Krishna Residency (Tariff – Rs. 500), Dwaraka Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 300)
The most common and local language in the city is Kannada. English is the alternate language.
Pongal is held annually in the month of mid January.
Places of Interest
Pavagada Fort, Aralaguppe, Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi Temple and Sree Siddaganga Mutt are the famous Hindu religious places of Tumkur. Some of the places nearby Tumkur are Chikballapur (76 km from Tumkur), Shivagange (26 km from Tumkur), Savandurga (57 km from Tumkur), Nandi Hills (69 km from Tumkur), Lepakshi (84km from Tumkur).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Bengaluru International Airport. It is located at a distance of 80 km from Tumkur.
Tumkur Railway Station, located in the centre of the city and Heggere Halt Rail Way Station (6 km from the town) are the nearest.
Tumkur city is well-connected along NH4 and NH206 to Bangalore, Gubbi, Koratagere, Kunigal and other major cities in the state by both Government and private buses. National Travels, SRS Travels, VRL Travels, Asha Travels are the best travel operators on this route. To get discounted bus tickets you will have to book your tickets in advance.
Situated on the banks of the River Nethravathi, Dharmasthala is a temple town of Karnataka. The place is famous for its temple by the same name. Apart from the Dharmasthala Temple, Lord Manjunatha Temple, Manjusha Museum, Bahubali, Netravathi River Barrage, Shri Chandranatha Swamy Basadi and Badinede Betta are some of the major attractions in and around the town. The festival of Lakshadeepa held in November attracts a lot of devotees from all across the country. The capital city of Hyderabad is 854 km away from here.
Budget Hotels in Dharmasthala
Hotel Nethravathi Lodge Rajathadri Guest House, Saketha Guest House, Kamath Resort where you can enjoy ultimate hospitality coupled with fine cuisine.
Kannada is the official language of this area.
Events in Dharmasthala
Annual Jathre held in April and Deepotsava celebrated in November are the important festivals of Dharmasthala. Common festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi (August), Navratri (October) and Diwali (November) are also celebrated with great festivity.
Places to See in Dharmasthala
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is worshipped as Ammanavaru, Chandranath and Chandranath. The festival of “Dharma Daivas” was celebrated in April 2013. Chaitra Masa, Ashwayuja Masa and Karthika Masa are the other festivals that will be celebrated in the month of November, 2013.Shri Kshetra Manjunath Temple: This temple which is a kilometer from the Dharmasthala Bus stand is another important temple of the village.Manjusha Museum: The Dharmasthala Bus Stand is a kilometer from this museum which houses rare collection of scripts, religious instruments and objects like silver jewellery, bells.
How to Get There
Mangalore Airport is the nearest domestic and international airport connecting Dharmasthala to important cities across India.
The Mangalore Railway Station is the closest railway junction to Dharmasthala.
Both state buses and private buses offer services in this region. Top private operators like SRS Travels and VRL Travels cater to this area. You can get online bus booking offers through various travel websites, especially during festive occasions.