UTTARAKANNADA LOCATION MAP

 

  1. Dandeli
    Tourist Places
  2. Ulavi
  3. Karwar
  4. Banavasi
  5. Gokarna
  6. Sirsi
  7. Honnavar
  8. Bhatkal
  9. Kollur
  10. Maravanthe
  11. Malpe
  12. Udupi
  13. St. Mary's Island
  14. Karkala
  15. Moodabidre
  16. Venur
  17. Katil
  18. Mangalore
  19. Dharmasthala



20 Murdeshwara
21 Jog Falls
22 Magod Falls
23 Lalgulli Falls
24 Sathodi Falls
25 Unchalli Falls
26 Lushington falls
27 Shivganga Falls
28 Ulavi temple
29 Yana Caves



Dandeli:

One hundred and seventeen km from Karwar and just 75 km from the railhead Hubli, lies Dandeli, gateway to the 834 sq. km. Dandeli Game Sanctuary.  It is home to rare species of animals, like barking deer, sloth bear, civet cat, panther, Flying Squirrel and Malabar Squirrel.  Woodpeckers and Hornbills are some of the birds sighted.  Take in the jungle experience by staying at the Kali Wilderness Camp, located on the edge of the Kali River or at the Bison River Resort.  Ride down the Kali river in a coracle (round basket like boat), where you can watch crocodiles basking on the banks and water birds nesting, or take a jeep safari or jungle walk into the forests.

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Ulavi:

Chennabasaveshwara Temple: Forty two kms from Dandeli, this is a major pilgrim centre for Veerashaivas, where an annual car festival and shandy are held in February - March.  Nearby are a number of natural caves with interesting rock formations.

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Karwar:

Karwar is 520 kms west of Bangalore. Karwar has one of the most beautiful beaches in the country which is said to have  inspired Tagore to pen his first drama. The drive of 160 km from Hubli takes one through hills first and valleys covered with dense tropical jungles and plenty of wildlife. The Kalindi river flows through the town into Arabian Sea. Motor launches are available for boating up to the Kali river. Karwar is also known for its fine muslin. The muslin industry was started in 1638 by Sir Willam Counten who had opened a factory here.

You can make boat trips up the spectacular Kali Nadi from the bridge three km north of town. A stroll to the bridge to witness the sunset and the spectacular shades of light in the surrounding Ghats is about as exciting as the local entertainment get.

PRIME ATTRACTIONS
Dargah of Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat:
The famous Dargah of Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat, a Baghdadi Saint is a place of tourist interest for pilgrims.

Naganatha Temple:
Naganatha Temple is a Temple where an anthill is worshipped. Kurmagad Island: A visit by launch to the Kurmagad Island, which has an old fort and a Narasimha shrine, is a must.
A view of the islandDevbag Beach resort

Karwar, the district headquarters of Uttara Kannada is a charming port town, situated at the mouth of the Kali river.  The Kali river bridge, situated at the confluence of the river and the Arabian Sea, dominates the town's landscape.  Uttara Kannada has sacred pilgrims, historical towns and some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.  Karwar is said to have inspired the great poet Rabindranath Tagore to pen his first drama.   

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Banavasi:

Capital of the Kadamba Kings who established the first Kannada Empire in c. 345AD, Banavasi town (22 km. from Sirsi) is the site of an annual cultural festival - Kadambotsava held in December.  The Madhukeshwara Temple, is famed for its architecture, deriving its name from the honey colored Linga.  Of special interest is the intricately carved stone cot, which was actually used by the kings.

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Gokarna:

Mahabaleshwara Temple60 kms south of Karwar, this coastal town has, among other things, an ancient temple with the Atmalinga.  Gokarna is also a famous centre for Sanskrit learning.  The Om Beach and the Kuttle Beach are nearby.Gokarna carries a lot of significance to Hindus, Shiva's in particular. It is famous for the ‘Atmalinga’ in the ancient Mahabaleshwara Temple. This is second only to Vishwanatha Temple at Varnasi in North India

 

 

Om Beach Gokarna

With its narrow streets, traditional houses and temples, the nondescript town of Gokarna has become the favourite haunt of Hindu pilgrims, Sanskrit scholars and beach buffs. Locals believe that Gokarna derives its name from a legend in which Lord Shiva emerged from the ear of a cow. Literally meaning ‘cow’s ear,’ this village is formed by the ear-shaped confluence of two rivers. Adventurous travellers must be prepared for a bit of cliff-scrambling in this coastal town. Om beach, one of Gokarna’s five famed beaches, takes the shape of an ‘Om,’ a spiritual symbol. The other beaches, wedged between gigantic cliffs that protrude like delicate fingers into the sea, are Gokarna, Kudle, Half Moon and Paradise. The drive up the winding path that leads to Gokarna is a scenic delight with rocky mountains and the Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. Here, you can experience the famed Karnataka hospitality in friendly guesthouses run by local families.
Best season: Year-round

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Murdeshwar

Famous Murudeshwar Temple


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As all Gods including Indra had got their wishes fulfilled, and attained the status of eternal bliss free from rebirth by worshipping the 'Atmalinga' that had found place in the lotus-heart of "Adimaye" by faith and penance, Ravana, the all-accomplished and all powerful decided to get the 'Atmalinga' from Parameshwar so that he also could become invincible and immortal by worshipping it. 

Greenery of Agumbe
Greenery of Western Ghats

With this great ambition he went to Kailasa and performed rigorous penance in solitude strictly following the rites and singing hymns and doing a variety of dances Lord Parameshwar was soon propitiated by Ravana's devotion and appeared in his true form with five faces, three eyes and ten shoulders adorning Ganga and the moon God in his matted hair, the sovereign serpent round his neck, a garland of skulls touching his ankles, flanked by Goddess Parvathi on his left.


He then said passionately to the king of Lanka that he was much pleased with his devotion and that he would bestow any kind of boon he would ask. Ravana's happiness found no bounds and prostrated before Parameshwar and praised him with humility and single-mindedness, addressing the Lord with his innumerable names. He then got up and asked Shiva to grant him the 'Atmalinga'. Though Shiva was worried at Ravana's wish he did not like to go back on his promise and therefore gave him the 'Atmalinga' that he himself used to worship always and which was a as lustrous as the light emitted by crores of suns and moons together, which could give perfect and complete happiness.


Which had been worshipped by the holy sages and which had been praised in holy scriptures. As Shiva gave the linga to Ravana, the former told the latter that he should carry it home by walk, that he should never place it on the earth even for a short while failing which the linga would get eternally embedded at the place were he broke his commands. Thus ordaining Parameshwar disappeared and Ravana soon set out southwards carrying the linga in his hands with great care. The Gods learnt this from Sage Narada and were disturbed at the prospect of Ravana's becoming all powerful and capable by possessing and worshipping the 'Atmalinga'. They went to Sri Mahavishnu and lamented their agitation. Sri Mahavishnu devised a plan to install the linga somewhere and as he thought that Sri MahaGanapathi was alone capable of doing it, he along with all the Gods prayed and pleased him and brought him along with them.


As they were all coming near Gokarna. Ravana, who had set out from Kailasa after performing the midday rites at Sapthakoteshwar, was approaching Gokarna. Vishnu who had known well that Ravana was punctual in performing his periodical rites, blotted the sun out with his sudarshana wheel. Thinking that it was time for the evening rites. Ravana was in conflict neither to put the idol down nor wishing to give up the evening rites. Vighneshwara as was planned earlier came to the presence of Ravana in the guise of a Brahmin boy, Ravana was happy to see him. He called him near and asked him to hold the linga in his hand till he came back after finishing the rites.


Ganapathi agreed to hold the linga on one condition that he would do so till he would be able to bear its weight and that thereafter he would call Ravana three times and if failed to come to him by then he would place the linga on the earth. But before Ravana could complete the rites and come back Ganapathi placed the idol on the earth at a very auspicious moment. The linga at once got firmly entrenched in the earth. This was welcomed by the Gods with jubilation and showering flowers as Vishnu with drew his Sudarshana wheel that had so far blotted out the sun, Ravana saw the bright sunlight and understood that he had been tricked by the Gods. He got furious came to the entrenched linga and tried to uproot it with all his might it caused tremor that was felt in the woods and the mountains. But the idol did not budge a little.


The crestfallen Ravana was deeply agitated. He beat the Brahmin boy and in anger he threw the case of the linga to the north it fell 23 miles away and got consecrated as "Sadyojahatmaka" at Samputeshwar. He threw the lid to south it fell 27 miles away in the form of "Vamadeva Linga" at Guneshwara. He then threw the cloth which had wrapped the linga once again to the south which fell 32 miles away at Kanduka Hill on the shore of the 'Salt Sea'. It took the form of "Aghora" at Murudeshwara. The thread that had bound the linga was flung to south again and that became "Tatpursha Linga" at Doreshwara, Shiva learnt all these from Vayu, the wind God and came on to Earth with Paravathi and his train of Gods, he visited these five places and worshipped the linga which had now taken five forms. Before he left for Kailasa he declared that these five places would be his "Panchakshetras" (Five Holy Places) and those who worshipped these forms of his, would be free from all sins and would realize their wishes and ultimately reach the abode of Shiva

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Ulavi:
Ulavi, 75 kms from Karwar (via Kumbarawada) is a famous pilgrim centre. Thousands come here to pay homage to the samadhi of Veera Shiva Saint Channabasavanna, who took refuge here from the army of 'Kalachurias'.

Sirsi:

Sirsi is a tranquil town, dotted with terracotta-tiled houses, Jain Basadis (temples) and ancient Hindu temples.  The 16th Century Marikamba Temple enshrines a wooden deity, that is believed to have been found in a tank.  The temple has a car festival once in two years.  Nearby, is a scenic spot, in the midst of a lush forest, said to have been visited by the Pandavas; Sahasra Linga (Thousand Lingas) are carved from a rock-bed, situated in the middle of a swirling river.

Sahasra Linga

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Honnavar:

This town is an important railhead of the newly constructed Konkan railway that connects this coastline; the newly built bridge across the Sharavathi river, dominates the landscape. Six km from Honnavar are the "Apsara Konda Falls"  (Pond of the Celestial Nymphs) set in a picturesque setting and a fine beach that offers glorious sunsets.  Fifteen km away is the well known Ganapathi temple at Idagunji.  The area is also renowned for the fabulous, costumed dance drama form, Yakshagana.

A Konkan Railway bridge across Sharavathi River

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Bhatkal:

135 kms south, is a historical township.  The ancient port town has temples of Vijayanagar times and many interesting Jain monuments. 

 

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Kollur:

The Mookambika Temple at Kollur (85 kms from Udupi) is frequented by devotees from all over the country.  Founded by Shri Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya - the temple is known for the Panchaloha image of the Goddess Mookambika.

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Maravanthe:

Maravanthe is 110kms north of Mangalore and has a scenic beach.

Malpe:

Malpe beach is 66kms north of Mangalore.  The pristine beauty complemented by peaceful surroundings, make this beach a favourite holiday spot.  The St. Mary's Island, another delightful holiday hangout, is just a boat ride away.

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Udupi:

60kms north of Mangalore is Udupi.  This town has the famous Krishna Temple with the Golden Chariot.  It is here that the Saint Madhwacharya lived and preached 700 years ago.

Karkala:

KARKALA GOMATESHWARA: This 52 ft. high Bahubali statue is on the Gommata Betta. He is called Gommateswara- great Gigantic and majestic Ishwara, standing nude, turning his mind away from worldly affairs. It was built in 1432 by Pandya Raja. Yearly celebrations are in February and once in 12 years "Mahamastakabhisheka" is celebrated. Be here to see how wonderful it will be to see the bathing ceremony of Gomateshwara. 

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Moodbidri:

Savirakambada Basadi (Thousand Pillar Temple) built in 1462 AD-Basadi of 1000 pillars, famous for its stone sculpture. Mahadwar, Bhairadevi, Chitradevi, Namaskaara, Teerthankara and Garbhagruha are the 8 Mantapas here. The idol (8’high) of Chandranatha is established in the garbha gruha. Supaarshwa and Chandraprabha  Theerthankara idols are worth visiting. Navanaari kuinjara , a sculptural art piece that appears like an Elephant but nine dancers, are seen in the figure, is the famous art in this Basadi. 

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Venur:

A 35’ Gomateshwara can be seen here.

Katil:

Katil is 27 kms east, on the banks of the river Nandini.  It has a famous temple dedicated to Durga Parameshwari.

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Mangalore:

357 kms west of Bangalore is the district headquarters of Dakshina Kannada - Mangalore.  With an important port, this coastal town is a major commercial centre.  Mangalore could be your entry point to Beach Country - with its virgin and unexplored beaches.  While in Mangalore try and see a Yakshagana performance - an elaborate dance form unique to Karnataka.  The Kambala (buffalo race) is another exciting event. 

A trip to Mangalore would be incomplete without a trip to the 10th century Manjunatha Temple, St. Aloysius Chapel, Mangala Devi temple, Tipu's Battery and the Jumma Masjid.  The Ullal beach with casuarina groves in another attraction that draws tourists all through the year.

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Dharmasthala:

Situated on the banks of river Nethravathi and surrounded by the lush green forests and hills of Malnad, Dharmasthala is known for it's beautiful surroundings and Sri Manjunathaswamy Temple. In Dharmasthala, charity is a way of life, extended to all without discrimination. Sri Dharmasthala which is one of the sacred places in South India and is a famous pilgrim centre. It is situated in the village of Dharmasthala, in Beltangady Taluk of South Kanara district about 75 kms from Mangalore. 

Dharmasthala symbolizes the true essence of religion and stands out as an oasis of peace and harmony. Here, one can witness a happy confluence of three faiths co-existing in complete harmony. While the presiding deity is Lord Shiva, the priests who conduct the daily rituals are Vaishnavaite Brahmins and the Dharmadhikari of the temple is a devout Jain. Thus religious tolerance and a spirit of oneness, which are the prominent characteristics of the Indian cultural heritage, has become the hallmark of Dharmasthala. 

Recently in 1980’s one more Gomateshwara has been installed by Hegde Of Dharmastala. Ranjala Gopala Shenoy was the artist for this sculpture. Gomateshwara monolith was made in Karkala.

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The Silver Cascades :


Jog Falls :
Is situated in Shimoga district at a distance of about 380 kms from Bangalore. Talaguppa is the nearest rail station on the Birur line. During the mansoon months when the Jog falls are at their magnificent best, KSRTC conducts weekend tours to this place.

At Jog, the river Sharavathy flowing over a rocky bed, splits into separate streams called as Raja, Rani, Rocket and Roarer. Considered as one of the highest waterfalls in the world, the cascading waters seen to descend from the heaven riding on the arch of a rainbow.
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Magod Falls
The mesmerising Magod Falls are located 80 kms. from Karwar. Here, the Bedthi river takes two distinct leaps to hurtle from a height of 650ft. into a rocky ravine. The thickly wooded countryside, the roar of gushing water and a beautiful view combine to make this spot an ideal choice for outings.Top

 

Lalguli Falls
Lalguli Falls are located about 15 kms. north of Yellapur in Uttara Kannada District. Here, the Kali river creates a grand spectacle by tumbling from a height of approximately 250ft. in a series of picturesque rapids set at varying heights. Top

Sathodi Falls
About 32 kms. away from Yellapur, several unknown streams converge near Kallaramane Ghat and plunge from a height of about 15m to create a picturesque picnic spot. Situated in the midst of dense forests, Sathodi Falls is locally known as the “mini-Niagara of Uttara Kannada District.” Top

Unchalli Falls
Heggarne, a dreamy hamlet in Uttara Kannada district, is just 35 kms. from Siddapur. A further 5 kms. trek from Heggarne through dense forests brings you to the picturesque Unchalli Falls. The sound of the cataract hurtling down the hilly tract shatters the silence of the forests and the sight of the falls is unforgettable.
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Lushington Falls:
33 kms from Sirsi are the Lushington Falls, where the river Aghanashini thunders down from the height of 116 meters.

Locals call it Keppa Falls for its deafening effect. Further downstream are the smaller Dadmane falls.

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Shivganga Falls
140 kms away, amidst scenic surrounding, the river Souda falls into a deep valley from a height of 74 m to from the falls.

YANA CAVES

Location : 40 Kms For Sirsi, Karnataka
Recreation Activities : Trekking, Camping
Dificulty Level : Moderate To Difficult

Located amongst the evergreen forest of the Sahyadri Mountains, Yana Caves are 25 kms for Kumta, a small coastal town and 40-km for Sirsi, a commercial centre. One can experience wilder ness in all its holiness and loneliness in this limestone rock dome paradise. Yana is known for its unique rock formations and is a haven for rock climbers.

One has to walk several miles on the partially paved road from the highway. The area is known for its majestic mountains, a variety of rock formations, tricking waterfalls and the holy temple.

One can go for a simple climb around the rock dome or explore the cave in between the dome. There is also a possibility of going hiking to Vibhuti Falls and camp overnight in the area.

The tallest peak, Bhariraveswara Shikhara stands 120 meters high whereas Mohini Shikhara is 90 meters from its base. The mighty rocks have been roughened by the vagaries of burning Sun, uncontrolled winds and torrential rains. They are solid composition of black, crystalline limestone. Wild bees have taken liberty to construct their hives on these rock-shelters.

The trek is moderate to strenuous
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