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.
Mapusa is the most happening town located in the northern area of Goa. It is situated just 13 km way from the state capital city, Panaji. It is also the Bardez Taluka’s headquarter. Located on the main highway NH-17, it links Kochi to Mumbai. The town’s name is spelled as ‘Mapuçá’ in the Portuguese and ‘Mapsa’, ‘Mhapsa’ or ‘Mapuca’ in the local languages. One can also see churches and administrative buildings famous for their architecture from the British Raj era here.
Places to Stay
There are a few budget hotels in Mapusa. Some of them are Palacio De Goa (Tariff- Rs. 1918), Hotel Manvin's (Tariff- Rs. 2045), and Hotel Fidalgo (Tariff- Rs. 4992).
The official language of Mapusa is Konkani. The other languages spoken in this region are Marathi, Hindi, English and Portuguese.
The main event of Mapusa is the Mapusa Friday Market which is held on every Friday. Locals from the surrounding villages and towns drop in at this market to sell their home grown vegetables and fruits, wares, handcraft items and plants as per the monsoon season.
Place of Interest
There are several place of interest for domestic and foreign tourists. The Sankavaddi temple located at Arpora (8.5 km), the shrines of Vital and Vhoddhi, Dhaktli Jandevta, Vandevta located at Salvador do Mundo, and Fort Aguada.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Mapusa is located in Panaji (14 km).
There is no train station in Mapusa. The nearest station is located in Margao (23 km).
The town of Mapusa is well connected by bus to major cities and towns of Goa and its neighboring states. There are buses run by state government and private travel agencies. Opt for a Volvo bus booking through Ticketgoose.com and have a comfortable journey.