Trips and Itineraries for Ankola
Gokarna- A Backpackers Paradise!
St Mary's Island - Where Vasco Da Gama set foot first.
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Day 2 begins with a hope of a sunnier day and I was not disappointed. I rented up a Yamaha gear-less scooter and went on a drive from Gokarna to Karwar (Approx 50 KMs) through the coastal towns & villages and the NH 66. On my return I decided to visit the Virgin Honey Beach in the Ankola district. Honey Beach is approximately 11 KMs from Gokarna and includes crossing the Gangavali river in a ferry. The beach is not known by many and only has one small resort near the beach. The route to the beach was an exciting one through the local villages where you can come across villagers performing their daily chores. On reaching the Honey Beach I was mesmerized by the beauty this beach had to offer. I parked my scooter on the cliff and admired the peace & solitude this beach had to offer. The beach is very small and with no shacks or eateries around and therefore not a single soul I could find on the beach. A must visit Beach if one is looking to stay away from even the smaller commercialization of Gokarna Beaches.
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107 Kms from Ankola
This is the capital of the state of Goa and is probably the smallest state capital. Panaji is also the headquarters of the North Goa District and is situated on the banks of the Mandovi River Estuary is the Tiswada Region. The more popular name is Panaji but Panjim is also a commonly used term. This was the name by which the Portuguese used to address this city. When the whole of India got independence, Goa was still under the colonial rule of the Portuguese who freed it a number of years later. The Portuguese effect is what you will get in each and every thing of Goa and Panjim too. The attractions here are the lovely white church, the food that you will get here and of course the different types of building lined on the sides of the narrow streets. These houses are the remains of the various clans who have ruled here including the Latins and the Portuguese. The houses look beautiful and brightly coloured and many of them have simple yet pretty wrought iron balconies too. Many of these are now either resorts for budget concious travellers or restaurants for the ones who love to taste Portuguese and Goan cuisine.
KSRTC runs a Volvo Airawat Club Class service from Hyderabad, Telangana to Mangaluru, the coastal city in Karnataka. Leaves at 17.03 Hrs in Hyderabad and reaches Mangaluru the next morning at 10.33 Hrs. All through the journey there is nothing much you can do, except watch some movie in the bus and sleep like a baby (that's the tagline of KSRTC Airawat Service) all night through. Passing through, Raichur, Gangavathi and Hubli it reaches Ankola early in the morning.Wake up and keep your eyes wide open, for you are going to see the road pass by the sea at 06.00 Hrs after Ankola, a small coastal hamlet. What a beautiful sight of the road and the Sea running side by side. The shore strewn with pebbles is so beautiful with the morning Sun rays falling on the gleaming water, that you would just want to scream, ...STOP !... to the driver, and get down the bus to go and play with the pebbles in the shore.The beauty of your journey begins here.It roughly takes 16 hours from Hyderabad to reach Udipi by Airawat Club Class KSRTC service from Hyderabad to Mangaluru. One needs to get down at Udipi which is 50 KM before Mangaluru. But I personally advise you to keep Mangaluru as your base, because it has a number of options for your stay. From there you can head to Udipi. There are a number of State run Volvo buses to Udipi from Mangaluru.Malpe Beach is some 6 to 7 kilometers away from Udipi Bus Stand, so better take an auto which charges you INR 50/- to 70/- to take you to Malpe Beach. A statue of Mahatma Gandhi welcomes you to Malpe Beach. You have nothing much to do here, so hop into the boat and head to the uninhabited St Mary's Island which is 4 kilometers from Malpe beach by boat. They charge you around 150/- per head to take you there and bring you back.This island is uninhabited and pristine. You can enjoy the basaltic rock formation which are quite unique. Sit here, on one of these rocks, with a Tin of Coke and fried fish which is sold here. The rocks sooth your senses as you relish the fish and Coke, while the waves keep washing your feet, each wave in tandem with the other and the cool breeze playing with your hair. You can spend your whole day here either in solitude or in the company of your loved ones.As evening sets in, the golden rays of the setting Sun, bid you bye and its time for you too, to hop into your boat and return back.