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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

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Shri Marikamba Temple, Sirsi

     Sri Marikamba Temple of Sirsi is a famous Devi shrine situated in northern part of the state of Karnataka. The temple is highly regarded by the devotees spread not just all over Karnataka but also in the neighboring states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
         According to local belief, the wooden statue of Goddess Shri Marikamba, the deity worshipped in Uttara and Dakshin Kannada, was found in a tank on the outskirts of the town. In 1611, Sadashiva Rao II, the King of Sonda, gave orders to install the wooden deity at this place. This idol is considered to be the biggest idol and site devoted to Marikamba in Karnataka.
Sirsi Marikamba temple is temple famous for its Kavi art. The Sirsi Marikamba temple is decorated with Kavi art on both sides of its walls. Close to the Marikamba temple are the temples dedicated to Maha Ganapati and Shri Gopalakrishna.
The annual chief festivals are Navaratri, Deepavali, Kartik Illumination and Jayanti. A short stay in the temple on such occasions will give one an idea of the congregetion of devotees.
Special Event:
The 319-year-old temple fair is held once in two years. Goddess Marikamba is carried from the temple to a place called 'Marikamba gadduge' on a beautiful wooden 'Ratha' and the goddess will be kept seated there for seven days. Markikamba fair is one of the biggest 'Car festivals' in Karnataka. People from all over Karnataka visit Sirsi to see this festival
Address :
Shri Marikamba Temple,
Banavasi Road,Sirsi.
Pincode: 581401
Phone : 08384- 226360
Nearest cities: Shimoga, Hubli, Sagara, Siddapur, Karwar, Kumta, Haveri
Distance from Sirsi:
Hubli : 102 km
Shimoga : 100 km
sagara  : 75 km
Siddapur : 37 Km
Karwar : 147.0 km
Kumta : 63 Km
Haveri: 75 km
Bangalore : 407 km

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Sokkidre Yana, Kasidre Gokarna …..
      As the above local proverb says, if you are adventurer you must visit yana once.Yana is a village located in forests of the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, India which is known for the unusual rock formations (Karst) or (Asteroid). It is located in the Sahyadri mountain range of the Western Ghats,The two unique rock outcrops near the village are a tourist attraction and easily approachable by a small trek through 0.5 kilometres (0.31 mi) of thick forests from the nearest road head.
     Yana is famous for these two massive rock outcrops known as the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and the Mohini Shikhara ("Shikhara" means "hill"). The huge rocks are composed of solid black, crystalline Karst limestone. Bhairaveshwara Shikhara is 120 metres (390 ft) in height, while the Mohini Shikhara, which is smaller, is 90 metres (300 ft) in height. Yana is also well known as a pilgrimage centre because of the cave temple below the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara where a Swayambhu ("self manifested", or "that which is created by its own accord") linga has been formed. Water drips from the roof over the linga, adding to the sanctity of the place
Yana is also a well known pilgrimage spot during Shivaratri for car festival celebration of lord Bhairaveshwara. The rock hillocks are surrounded by thick forests and water streams; trekking in this part of the Western Ghats is a dream of every adventure lover. The adventure hill station is located at a distance of 25 km from Kumta and 62 km from Karwar.

You will have to trek 3 km to reach these unusually tall rock peaks from the Yana village base and you will have to walk through a steep forest route, which is a biodiversity hotspot of Sahyadri range. The Bhairaveshwara hillock has a 3 m wide passage that leads to a cave, which embodies the self-manifested Shiva Lingam; there is an idol of goddess Parvati in the Mohini. From the overhead roof of the hillock, water trickles on the Shiva Lingam, which looks like the Goddess Ganga emerging out of the Shiva Lingam.
Nearest Cities: Sirsi, Kumta, Karwar,
Distances from Yana :
Sirsi – 57 km
Kumta – 30 km
Karwar – 87 km

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Sahasralinga is a pilgrim place located at a distance of 17 km from Sirsi in Uttara kannada district.There are thousands of the stones with Shiva Linga carved on them by the side or river 'Shalmala'. Because these uncountable carvings, the place gets the name "Sahasra Linga" (thousand lingas). History says all these shiva lingas were built by Sadashivaraya,king of Sirsi (1678-1718).
Every year on the day of 'Shivaratri' hundreds of people visit this place to worship Lord Shiva. When the water level is not high enough you can actually see all those carvings. Best time would winter and early summer.

Note: No foods available nearby sahasralinga,do not forget to carry  foods.

Nearest city – Sirsi ,Yellapur.

Distance from SahasraLinga:
Sirsi - 17 kms
Yellapur – 38 kms

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Shri Venkataramana Temple, Manjuguni

Manjuguni is one of the well known pilgrim centers located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka state. Manjuguni is located at a distance of 26 km from Sirsi. The temple here is dedicated to Lord Venkataramana and Goddess Padmavathi. It is believed that, Manjuguni is called as Tirupati of Karnataka.

The temple is located in belt of Western Ghats, also commonly known as Sahyadri hills. During winter, this place will be covered by thick fog and hence this place called by the name "Manjuguni". The temple of Lord Venkatramana is a huge complex built in Vijayanagara Style.
According to "Sri Venkatesha Mahatmya" the founder of this temple is " Sri Tirumala Yogi" a saint.

Special Event
Manjuguni Rathotsava (a.k.a Manjuguni Theru)

Address :
Shri Venkataramana Temple
Manjuguni, Sirsi Taluk, Uttara Kannada District
Karnataka, INDIA
Pin-code: 581 315

Nearest Cities :  Kumta, Sirsi, Hubli

Distances from Manjuguni:
Kumta - 35 km
Sirsi - 26 km
Gokarna - 55 km
Hubli -130 km


Devimane Ghat

Devimane is a ghat which comes on the way Karwar to Sirsi. It is located at a sharp curve on the hilly roads of Western Ghats. The surrounding is filled with thick green forest on the lofty hills. During early morning or in winter season this place will be filled with mist. Typically all tourist take a stop at Devimane. The view from here is excellent. Just besides the road there is a small devi temple.
One of the best place to photographers.

Nearest City: Sirsi, Karwar , Kumta

Distance from Devimane Ghat :
Sirsi - 30 Kms
Karwar- 85 Kms



Shri Shrimajjagadguru Shankaracharya Shri  Sonda Swarnavalli Mahasamsthanam is situated amidst evergreen forests near Shalmala river in Sirsi Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka, is a famous religious centre and history can be traced back to the period of Adi Shankara who professed Advaita (Non-Dualism) philosophy, established Maths to propagate it. Shri Vishwavandya Saraswati, the first Guru of this Peetha was blessed by Adi Shankara. The Matha was founded in Dashashwamedhaghat at Kashi, and later shifted to Ujjaini, Gokarna, Kadtoke, Sahasralinga and the present Swarnavalli, respectively. Owing to the royal patronage and people faith , the Matha besides becoming a Gurupeetha for the entire Gokarna-Mandala, developed a Mahasamsthana. It includes 16 seemas in the Upperghat and several places in the Lowerghat and many more disciples across India. Havyakas, Ramakshatriyas, Sheeligas, Siddhis, Marathis, Goulis, Bhandaris and Kunbis and many more are the traditional disciples of this Math in addition to devotees and theists.

Shri Sonda Swarnavalli Mahasamsthanam
Mathadevala, Sonda
Sirsi, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka.
Phone : 08384-279359/279311/ 279477

Nearest Cities:Sirsi,Yellapur,Hubli,Shimoga,Sagara.

Distances from Swarnavalli:
Sirsi – 23 km
Yellapur – 40 km
Hubli – 109 km
Shimoga – 116 km

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Banavasi was one of the capital of the Kadamba Kings who established the first Kannada Empire in c.e 345AD. Kadamba Empire built by Mayura Varma, who was originally Mayura Sharma, a Brahmin studying in Kanchipuram. He took up the study of warfare or Kshatriya Vidya and became a warrior king who established the Kannada Empire.

It is the same place where Pampa, the famous poet of Kannada wrote his epic poems. The great Kannada poet Pampa was so much enamored of this place that he exclaimed that he wished to be born as a petty cuckoo or bee in the land of Banavasi! Pampa told about Banavasi that, “ Arankushavittodam Nenevudenna Manam Banavasi Deshamam”. It was also the ancient place of learning where scholars from other states used to came and settle down here.

Banavasi is mentioned in the Mahabharata epic. The Buddhist work Mahavamsa states that Emperor Ashoka sent missionaries to Banavasi Formerly Banavasi is known as ‘Vaijayantipura’ or ‘Jayantipura’ or ‘Vanavasi’

Lord Madhukeshwara Temple is major attraction of Banavasi. It was built by the legendry Hindu architect Jakanacharya around 1500 years ago. The Madhukeshwara Temple is famed for its architecture, deriving its name from the honey colored Linga. The innermost sanctum sanctorum is built in a very plain style with minimal carving on the door and the lintel. The Sankalpa mantapa in front reveals the influence of the Chalukyan style. There is a seven foot huge Nandi idol made of a single stone. The Nritya mantapa or the dancing hall was added during the Hoysala period and has exquisite carving on the pillars and the ceiling.

The temle has beautifully carved stone cot called as ‘ Kaalu Mancha’. It also has Triloka mantapa, Goddess Parvathi Devi, Lord Vishnu, Parashurama, Ardhaganapathi, Dhundiraj ganapathi idols, Astadikpalakaru statue etc. The famous five hooded Naga sculpture with the Prakrit inscription of 2nd century C.E was installed by princess Sivaskanda Nagashri when she got constructed a Vihara and tank as per the inscription in second century.Banavasi has the 75ft height Ratha which is tallest in South India.
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Shri Madhukeshwara Temple,
Uttara Kannada,Karantaka
Pincode : 581318

Nearest cities : Sirsi,Haveri,Hangal,Sorab,Shimoga

Distance from Banavasi:
Sirsi: 25 km
Haveri: 65 km
Hangal: 41 km
Sorab/Soraba: 24 km
Hubli : 105 km
Shimoga: 78 km
Davangere :127 km

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Bhuvanagiri in Siddapur taluk is the only place in the entire State where a temple is dedicated to Kannada Mate Bhuvaneshwari Devi.

Situated atop the 300 feet tall Bhuvanagiri, the three centuries old temple can be reached after an ascent of 350 steps. The temple deity is worshiped on all days of the year, complete with naivedya andabhisheka, accompanied with the chanting of mantras. Surrounded by lush greenery on all sides, the age-old temple is a feast for the eyes.

A casual glance at the rich historical past of the temple is enough to recognise the significance of the place. Though the idea of a temple dedicated to Bhuvaneshwari Devi was conceived by the Kadambas, the rulers of Vijayanagar carried it forward, so much so that they would not venture out without paying their obeisance to the deity.

Finally, it was the rulers of Bilagi who constructed the temple of Bhuvaneshwari Devi in Bhuvanagiri. It all started when Tirumala, the then ruler of Vijayanagar, was unable to bear the torture of Bijapur ruler Adil Shah and shifted his kingdom to Pennugudi (present day Chandragutti) with the help of the rulers of Shwethapura (present day Bilagi).

Bilagi kingdom spread from Gangavali river in Uttara Kannada district to Gangolli river in Udupi district. Since the rulers of Bilagi were both valiant and great admirers of Kannada language, a temple was built in dedication to Kannada Mate Bhuvaneshwari Devi.

There is ample evidence to suggest that the temple was built in 1692 by Basavendra, the last ruler of Bilagi. Since the area is populated by people belonging to the Havyak community, the temple administration is taken care of by them.

According to elders of the place, though there is an idol of Bhuvaneshwari Devi installed by Vijayanagar rulers in the Virupaksha temple in Hampi, Bhuvanagiri is the only place in the State where Bhuvaneshwari Maate has a temple of her own.

Places near Bhuvanagiri:
Marikamba Temple, Bilagi (Siddapur Taluk)
Lake Near, Bilagi (Siddapur Taluk)
Shri Rameshwara Temple,Itagi(Siddapur Taluk)
Shri Shanaishchara Temple,Bedkani (Siddapur Taluk)
Note: There are many temples near Bilagi, which we are not listed here.

Shri Bhuvaneshwari Temple
Bhuvanagiri,Gunjgod Post,
Siddapur Taluk,Uttara Kannada.

Nearest Citites: Siddapur,Sirsi,Sagar

Distance from Bhuvanagiri:
Siddapur: 7 km
Sirsi : 47 km
Sagar : 41 km


Sonda (aka Sodhe,swadi)

Sonda is small village near Sirsi, Uttara Kannada district. It is mostly known as a pilgrimage center due to the presence of three prominent Mutts: the Swarnavalli Mutt, the Vadiraj Mutt and the Jain Mutt. These attract hundreds of pilgrims mostly throughout the year. The green surroundings, typical to the Malnad area of Sonda and Sirsi add to the serenity of these places of religious importance
Places to visit near sonda:
Sonda Fort - 1km
Sri Sonda Swarnavalli Mahasamsthan - 3km
Sri Venkatraman Temple Mattinakere - 3km
Sri Jain Math - 5km
Sri Sode Vadirajmath - 6km
Sri Shankar Narayan Temple Haleyour - 5km
Sri Pete Venkatraman Temple Hulase Honda - 6km
Sri Gaddige Mane Badalakoppa - 5km
Sri Akalankara Nishidhi - 5km
Sri Mahantera Math - 5km
Birds Sanctuary Mundigekere - 5km
Swarnavalli Mutt
Shri Shrimajjagadguru Shankaracharya Shri  Sonda Swarnavalli Mahasamsthanam is situated amidst evergreen forests near Shalmala river in Sirsi Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka, is a famous religious centre and history can be traced back to the period of Adi Shankara who professed Advaita (Non-Dualism) philosophy, established Maths to propagate it. Shri Vishwavandya Saraswati, the first Guru of this Peetha was blessed by Adi Shankara. The Matha was founded in Dashashwamedhaghat at Kashi, and later shifted to Ujjaini, Gokarna, Kadtoke, Sahasralinga and the present Swarnavalli, respectively. Owing to the royal patronage and people faith , the Matha besides becoming a Gurupeetha for the entire Gokarna-Mandala, developed a Mahasamsthana. It includes 16 seemas in the Upperghat and several places in the Lowerghat and many more disciples across India. Havyakas, Ramakshatriyas, Sheeligas, Siddhis, Marathis, Goulis, Bhandaris and Kunbis and many more are the traditional disciples of this Math in addition to devotees and theists.
Shri Sonda Swarnavalli Mahasamsthanam
Mathadevala, Sonda
Sirsi, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka.
Phone : 08384-279359/279311/ 279477

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Sodhe Vadiraja Mutt
The place is the headquarters of the Sodhe Matha, one of the eight Ashta mathas established by Sri Madhvacharya, the famous Dvaita philosopher. The matha at Sodhe village was set up by Swami Sri Vadirajatirtha.
The Brindavana of Swami Vadiraja Thirtha can be found at Sodhe. The main deities worshiped at the Sodhe matha are Lord Bhuvaraha and Lord Hayagriva. Sri Bhuta Raja is also worshiped there.
Click here to read Complete history of  Sodhe Vadiraja Mutt.

Sode Sri Vadiraja Mutt,
Sirsi Taluk, Uttar Kannda Dist.
Telephone No: 08384 279685

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Vibhuti Falls

One of the numerous waterfalls of the Western Ghats. This beautiful waterfall is at few kilometers distance from the place Yana. Along with the two huge rocks there is one more limestone rock structure (which is quite small in size compared to the giants) in the vicinity. When asked a localite said the waterfall got the name as Vibhooti falls because of this Lime Stone rock nearby.
    Once the Vaddi ghats are over you can feel the humidity of the coastal Karnataka (Coast is few hours journey from here). One will have to take a deviation at a place called Mabagi. From here the water fall is around 3kms distance. Though one finds few houses nearby the tentage and food are the items one should pack.

Nearest Cities: Sirsi, Kumta,Karwar

Distances from Vibhuti Falls:
Sirsi – 50 km
Kumta – 30 km
Karwar – 87 km


Burude Falls

Burude Falls also known as ilimane falls.
Uttara Kannada District is famous for water falls,The Burude fallas situated very few kilometres from siddapur,The first step of the waterfall has an amphitheater sort of setting where hundreds of people can sit and watch the glorious waterfall and feel the mist rushing towards them. On the other side after a serious climb down you will get to see the other end of the waterfall. And the last stretch of this waterfall can only be heard from here. If you have a heart for climbing you can climb down to the edge of the rock to see it partially.we suggest you to visit this waterfall during rainy seasons.

Note:Foods are not availabe near this falls.

Nearest Cities : Siddapur,Kumta,Sirsi,Sagara

Distances from Burude Falls:
Siddapur : 28 kms
Kumta : ~49 kms
Sirsi : ~59 kms
Sagara:~78 kms
(~ : Approximate Distance)


Jenukallu Gudda

Jenu means Honey, Kallu means stone and Gudda means hill. This place is a viewpoint in the Western Ghat, which offers a panoramic view of the hills packed one behind the other. Jenukallu Gudda is situated 17 km from Yellapur. The 450 meter high site in the Western Ghats offers tourists the beautiful view of sunset and the majestic site of green hills located behind each other. Upon reaching the Jenukallu Gudda, visitors can enjoy the sight of Bedhti River meeting the Arabian Sea at the background of this site. Balekallugudda and Kodekallugudda are other popular hills that are located near JenukalluguddaThe Bedti River from Magod falls cuts across the green hills and bounces all the way to join the Arabian Sea beyond the hills. The breathtaking view of the valley is worth a visit and during sunset the change in the scene is truly magical. There are three hills here, which are at a very high altitude. They are Jenukallu Gudda, Kodekallu Gudda and Balekallu Gudda. The highest hill is the Balekallu Gudda.

Nearest Cities: Yellapur,Sirsi,Hubli,Karwar

Distances from Jenukallu Gudda:
Yellapur-17 km
Sirsi- 70 km
Hubli-86 km
Karwar - 100 km


Sathodi Falls

Sathodi is a very famous waterfall in  Uttara kannda.Sathodi Falls is locally known as the "mini-Niagara of Uttara Kannada District.Sathodi falls is located at a distance of 32 km from Yellapur in Uttara Kannada district. Situated in the midst of dense forests makes Sathodi falls an ideal tourist destination.Several unknown streams meet near a place called Kallaramane Ghat and fall from a height of about 15 m to create a picturesque picnic spot. It further joins the backwaters of Kodasalli dam that is built over the Kali River.
It is important to experience and feel the forest. You will also notice that there is not a moment of silence in the forest. Some or the other life form is always active, continuously communicating. Get yourself immersed in this form of sound. This will take you to varied and different planes, as far and deep to the hilt of your imagination.

It is advisable to avoid this place during rainy season. It rains very heavily here and the terrain becomes very hostile. It is home to blood sucking leeches which are very active in rainy season.

Nearest Cities: Sirsi,Yellapur,Kumta

Distances from Sathoddi Falls:
Sirsi - 70
Yellapur- 30km
Kumta-72 km

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Magod Falls

Many rivers and streams leap, bounce and fall in the exotic hills of the western ghats. River Bedti is one of them, which cascades as Magod falls. It is situated 17 Kms from Yellapur in Uttara Kannada (North Karnataka) district. Magod falls is amidst hills covered in green and the falls looks like Capuccino (light coffee) flowing with full force, churning froth along the way.  It is very near to Magod village.  River Bedti starts from Unkal Lake in Hubli and joins the Arabian Sea at Gangavali.River Bedthi, cascades from a height of 650 ft. River Bedti flows down in two leaps offering a beautiful view and the surroundings offers an ideal picnic spot. This place is also a trekker's paradise.
On the way to the Magod waterfalls, you will find a pleasant lake called "Kavade Kere" which is spread over an area of 60 acres.

Nearest Cities : Kumta,Sirsi,Yellapur,Karwar

Distance from Magod Falls:
Kumta - 100 km
Karwar - 90 km
Yellapur - 17 km
Sirsi - 60 km


Shivaganga Falls

Shivaganga falls is located at a distance of 45 km from Sirsi. Shivaganga falls is surrounded by thick forest. Shivaganga is one of the unique waterfalls in the Western Ghats on the border of three taluks Sirsi, Yellapur and Ankola of Uttara Kannada district.The small River falls from 74 m high in to a deep valley covered with thick ever green flora and presents a charming view.
The river valley presents a captivating view. A little further from the falls is an island locally called Ganesh pal (Ganesh Palu) because of a small Ganesh statue over there.

Nearest Cities: Sirsi,Yellapur,Karwar,Ankola

Distance from Shivaganga Falls:
Sirsi - 40 km
Yellapur - 63 km
Karwar - 140 km


Bheemanavare Gudda

Bhimanave gudda(Bhimanavare Gudda) is less explored location in Sirsi,Uttara Kannada, It is very beautiful place with great view.On the top of the hill you can watch beautifull valley with cool breeze.You can feel the joy of real nature.
This hill is situated near small village called hallibail which is near to Sirsi-Kumta road.Nearby you can visit Bennehole Falls,Manjuguni

Nearest Cities : Sirsi,Siddapur.

Distances from Bheemanavare Gudda
Sirsi - 30 km
Siddapur - 40 km

Benne Hole Falls

Benne Hole falls is among one of the beautiful waterfalls in Uttara Karnataka. In Kannada, 'benne' means butter and 'hole' means big stream. The name of the falls indicates lot about its beauty. It is a big stream which flows with all force and looks as white as butter.

A tributary of the river "Aghanashini" by name 'beNNe hoLe' flowing through the dense forests of the Devimane Ghats region of the Western Ghats falling from a height of about 200 feet forms a spectacular visual treat.

This falls is approchable from Sirsi-Kumta road. At 26km from Sirsi towards Kumta, we get a village named Kasage. Near this village, a village road deviates towards left which will lead to the falls. Kasage village is situated after Bandala Ghats and before Devimane Ghats

Nearest City: Sirsi

Distance from Bennehole Falls:
Sirsi - 34 km


Unchalli Falls

Other Names for Unchalli Falls : Lushington Falls, Keppa Joga

Unchalli falls is created by a 116 metres drop in the Aghanashini river located in the Siddapur taluk, Uttara Kannada distict in Karnataka. Its named after JD Lushington, a distict collector of the British empire after he discovered this in 1845. The nearest village is called Heggarne, 5kms away and the last 2kms to be covered on foot. The river here takes a deep plunge to create this spectacular, picturesque falls. This falls is also known as Keppa Joga because of the deafening sound it makes. There are view points constructed to view but the dense surrounding make it difficult to get a complete view of the falls. Rainbows and mist are a common occurrence because of the height from which the river takes a leap and lands with a deafening roar sending up water droplets that eventually shower back again.

Route: Sirsi –> Aminhalli ->Heggarane –> Unchalli Falls.
(We Suggest you to use sirsi-kumta road)

Nearest City: Sirsi,Siddapur

Sirsi - 25kms
Siddapur - 35 kms


Kaithabeshwara / Kaitabhesvara Temple at Kotipura / Kubatur near Anavatti, in Sorab taluk of Shivamogga District of the Indian state of Karnataka is one of the beautiful Chalukyan style temples built during the 11th century. The place Kubatur was initially ruled by the Kadambas (3rd - 6th century AD), later by the Badami Chalukyas (6th century AD) then by the Rashtrakutas (7 - 8th century AD), then by the Kalyani Chalukyas (10 - 12th century AD), then by the Hoysalas (11 - 13th century AD) & finally by the Keladi Nayakas (15 - 16th century)

The Kaitabeshvara Temple at Kubatur is one of the early Temples of the Hoysala period of Vinayaditya datable to 1100 AD. Stylishly it closely resembles the Chalukyan Temples in plan, pillar order & shikara. At the left side of the entrance to the temple complex there is a small temple below the ground level. The lathe turned pillars which hold the roof is a typical Chalukyan style architecture.

Nearest Cities : Sirsi, Anavatti, Sorab,Hangal,Haveri

Distance from Kotipura :
Sirsi – 52 km
Anavatti – 2 km
Sorab/Soraba – 29 km
Hangal – 25 km
Siddapur – 52 km
Haveri – 43 km



Gudavi, is a small village in Sorab taluk of Shimoga district. Very few people have any knowledge about this village. But, the village attracts some beautiful wing flattering guests every monsoons. The birds,whom villagers welcome with great humbleness, throng a small pond of about 0.74km, near Gudavi, to build their home for 4 months of every year. Since the sanctuary  is in Gudavi village, it is named "Gudavi bird sanctuary". It is one of the best and lesser known of the 5 bird sanctuaries in our state,Karnataka.

The Sanctuary hosts a variety of birds ranging from Heron, Ibis, Egrets, Darter, Cormorant, parrots,mynas, kites and N number of other birds. Altough these are quiet common birds, their sheer number of migration in this small village every year, to raise their next generation,  which makes it a place worth visiting.

 Gudavi was declared bird sanctuary in 1986 and is now protected. Gudavi, is located around 15 kms from Sorab taluk. And sorab is some 100kms from Shimoga district. Connectivity to sorab is good. Having own vehicle would be preferable. If you don't have own vehicle then you can reach Sorab by bus and hire autos from Sorab to visit bird sanctuary. Bus frequency to Gudavi is less, so don't rely on public transport. Since Gudavi is located just 15Kms from Sorab taluk, so reaching the place should not be problem.

birds migrate every rainy season in very large numbers, around a natural pond, which is only 0.74kms.The pond gets filled up during monsoons. Best time to visit is from June to November. Birds stay there for 4 months, raise their next generation and leave the place.once monsoons are over the birds leave the place and pond becomes empty. If you want to see the younger ones trying to take flight or getting fed by parent birds then i would suggest you to go by end of October or beginning of November. But don't visit the place post November, as the birds fly off from
the place after monsoon. Once you are at the entrance of this sanctuary, you are charged Rs50/- per head at the entry. The sanctuary has 2 entrance. Tickets are given at both the sides. No vehicle charges aretaken.There is no need for any guide.From the entrance one has to take vehicle some 700mts, park it
and then walk along the pond. If you don't have vehicle then you can walk this 700mts from entrance till pond. Platforms are constructed for visitors to walk on, making them visitor friendly. Department has raised some 4 or 5 watch towers. Climbing on watch towers one can view a sea of black and white feathers fluttering everywhere. As we walk on platform, we can hear number of bird songs, in form of chirping, quacks, which is so soothing to ears. Visiting in right season may even give you a chance of parents bringing up their younger ones. One feels so relaxed to watch birds everywhere and listen to their sweet voice. If you have High end camera, then this should ideal place for you to get some good clicks. The sanctuary is open from 9Am to 6Pm. If you come at right time in the evening then you can watch swarm of birds coming back home at the end of day. It should be picturesque view. Having a powerful binocular would be plus point.

Nearest Cities : Sirsi,  Sorab, ,Haveri,Siddapur

Distance from Gudavi :
Sirsi – 52 km
Sorab – 15 km
Siddapur – 40 km
Haveri – 73 km



Chandragutti lies 16 km northwest of Soraba town. Anciently known as Chandraguptapura, it was a stronghold of the Kadambas of Banavasi (third-sixth centuries AD.) In an inscription dated AD. 1396 of the reign of Vijayanagara king Harihara II (AD. 1377-1404), Bachanna, a local chieftain claims to have established himself and said to have ruled over Chandragutti.Legend has it that Renuka was daughter of a Brahmin. She was married to jamadagni and was blessed with 5 sons. She used to fetch water for prayers from Malaprabha river for rituals conducted by her husband. One day she was delayed because she stood mute witness to youngsters frolicking at the river bed. This prompted the sage to suspect her chastity and he order his sons to punish their mother. Four of them refused on one pretext or the other, and the sage cursed them to become ennuchs. Parashuram beheaded Renuka, and behold her head multiplied and spread across the region. In the quest to escape from further persecution Renukamba hid at Chandragutti caves.

Thus the statue installed in the small cave consists of King cobra with 7 hood and the head of Renukamba as a symbol of dedication. One has to climb around 200 steps to reach the Renukamba temple on the hillock without footwear. It is advisable to keep the footwear in the vehicle before venturing to climb. Half way through the climb one gets to see Ganesh temple which seems to be of recent origin. Next one gets to see multiple snake carved stones with a priest guarding the same. As one reaches the hillock one notices the Renukamba temple with snake hood type of rock projection blessing the devotees. On the left hand side there is a cave and on the premise a small Devi statue with a round stone is located. Locals place a rupee coin and lift the stone to fulfill their wishes. Opposite to the main temple Parashuram is worshipped in a small temple.

On the hillock there is yet another temple of sorts, if one wishes they can trek up, but we let go the opportunity for lack of time to cover rest of the circuit. The view point from here may give one a complete idea of the landscape and peep into the river vardha too. It would be a trekkers delight. This place seems to have been fortified for sake of protection from enemies in old days. The traces of the fort wall can be seen around the hillock. 

One can exit after visit the Renukamba temple vide the other route making a full clock wise circambulation of the Chandragutti hillock. Probably it is developed to avoid stampede during jatras and shivaratri festivity when crowd would naturally assemble. Shoolada Berappa temple is located half way down the hillock, where 1000s of tridents are donated by pilgrims to fulfill their wishes. As one trudges along a hair tonsuring centre is available for pilgrims to dedicate their hair to the goddess. After which one approaches the pond named Tavarkere. Further on reaching the ground level one observes an enclosure with fresh water.

Other Names : Chadraguthi, Gutti Gudda, Gutti gudda

Nearest Cities : Sirsi,  Sorab, ,Haveri,Siddapur

Distance from Chandragutti :
Sirsi – 40 km
Sorab/Soraba – 17 km
Siddapur – 17 km
Haveri – 80 km



Apsarakonda is a small village situated in Honnavar taluk of Uttara Kannda district. It is just 8 Kms from Honnavar main bus stop. There is a beautiful hill, a beautiful natural pond facing the sea.  People say that Angels used to come from heaven and take bath in that pond. Thats why the name Apsarakonda and you really feel a divine beauty here. The hill and beach offer a beautiful view of sunset.There is a beautiful temple - Umamba MahaGanapathi and Ugra Narasimha Temple  and a branch of Ramachandrapura Matt, Hosanagar (A Religious Matt of Havyaka Brahmin Community). Temple premises is calm and serene. Back side of the temple there is a beautiful but small water fall "Apsarakonda falls". There is a sign board near temple to reach the falls. Just 5 mins walk from the falls you will reach the hill. There is a viewpoint in the hill.  The Apsarkonda hillock verily offers a feast to the eyes that see. You can see beautiful view of beach, pond and surronding lush green paddy fields from this viewpoint.ApsaraKonda Hill contains many small and big caves and these caves are called Pandava Caves. People believe that Pandava's had stayed in these caves during their Vanavasa period. This place was not known to outside people for many years. That is one of the main reason it looks like untouched beauty.

Nearest Cities: Sirsi,Honnaavar,Kumta,Kundapur

Distance from Apsarakonda:
Sirsi -89.
Kundapur -85
Bhatkal -35 km
Kumta - 26 km
Honnavar - 7 km

Anshi National Park

Anshi National Park is located in a pristine part of the Western Ghats and is known for the richness of its flora and fauna. It is located at a distance of 60 km from Karwar in Uttar Kannada district. The park spans across an area of 340 sqThis place boasts of about 197 rare species of birds. Tourists interested in bird watching activity must visit Anshi National Park in Karnataka as the forest has a variety of rare bird species. The perfect time for bird watching is in the spring season when the trees are at full blossom.
It has the rare distinction of being the only park in Asia where Black Panther is found naturally. Anshi National Park has a variety of species of mammals and reptiles. The forest comprises both rain forests and deciduous forests. A huge array of flora and fauna is found in the Anshi National Park, and it is an ideal home ground for species such as elephants, tigers, deer, black panthers, and wild boars. Not only this, there are variety of reptiles in the forest.
Just outside the south eastern boundary of the Park is the Chenna Basaveshwara Temple, which is a popular tourist attraction. If one is planning to stay in the park then unfortunately they will have to change their mind and stay at Dandeli because accommodation is not possible inside the park. If people want to stay inside the park, they should plan for trekking as camps are available for trekkers.. km and is believed to be India’s most endangered Wildlife Park.

Nearest City: Sirsi,Haliyal,Dandeli,Karwar,Joida
Distances from Anshi National Park:
Ankola – 83 km
Haliyal – 75 km
Dandeli – 55 km
Karwar -50 km
Yellapur -80 km
Hubli 126 km
Sirsi -129 km
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Arbail Falls

Arbail Falls(Arebail Falls,Arabail Falls) located between Hubli- Ankola National Hightway and Near to Yellapur city,Locally this region called as Arbail Ghat, This waterfall’s height is about 170 feet, flows in different paths and  touches the heaven  earth.Arabail/Arbail/Arebail Falls is less known to the outsiders.

Arbail Ghat is very difficult to traverse so this place is negatively popular becuse of road accidents.Here you can enjoy the trekking but you should be more carefull about Leaches while trekking, the trekking place is bit slippery.

Avoid visit to this place mid of rainy season

Nearest Cities: Sirsi,Hubli,Ankola,Karwar,Yellapur

Distances from Arbail Ghat:
Sirsi  - 68  km
Hubli - 87 km
Ankola - 54 km
Yellapur 16 km
Karwar - 80km

Attiveri Birds Sanctuary

The Attiveri Reservoir was created due to the construction of a dam across the Tayawwanahalla in the village of Attiveri. Ever since then the reservoir has attracted a wide variety of aviators especially of the aquatic kind.

The sanctuary is located in the region of Uttara Karnataka about 15 km from Mundgod in the Kalghatgi taluk of UttaraKannaa district.Since there was an increase in number of birds, the Attiveri Bird Sanctuary was created in the year 1994 and is now spread across an area of 22.3 sq km. Of these, the reservoir encompasses an area of 1.01 sq.km and the rest of the area is made up forest cover comprising of different dry deciduous trees. Farmlands situated around the reservoir too have a rich diversity of insects and this is very important as they are the main source of feed for water birds.The sanctuary has seen and continuous to see close to 79 species of birds from 22 countries arrive every year.

The Attiveri Bird Sanctuary is home to several species of birds including the likes of the Indian Cormorant, Grey Francolin, Green Bee-eater, Little Cormorant, Darter, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Indian Pond Heron, Black-headed Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill and others collect here from June to October. Other birds in the sanctuary include Brown Shrike, Bay-backed Shrike, Southern Grey Shrike, Barn Swallow, Rose-ringed Parakeet and many others.The agricultural fields surrounding the sanctuary attract a variety of aquatic creatures.

With luck, you can also spot several wild animals like Jackal, Wild Boar, Indian Porcupine, Indian Pangolin, Small Indian Civet, Common Palm Civet, Grey Mongoose, Jungle Cat, Black-naped Hare and others within the vicinity of the sanctuary.

Enjoy the time of your lives with several of your feathered friends at close contact. There are private rest rooms available near the Attiveri Bird Sanctuary that you can avail depending upon your budget. Trekking enthusiasts can trek through the sanctuary with the presence of numerous tracks. You can also visit places nearby including cities like Hubli.

Best time to visit the Attiveri/Athiveri Birds sanctuary is between November and March.

Nearby Place to Visit : Bachanaki Dam , Tibetan Colony, Sannavalli Dam

Nearest  Cities : Sirsi,Mudgod,Hubli,Yellapur

Distances from Attiveri:
Sirsi –  73 km
Mudgod – 17 km
Hubli/Dharwad – 44 km
Yellapur – 50 km

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Bachanaki Dam

Bachanaki Dam / Baachanaki  is situated in Uttara Kannada District. It is about 9 KMs from Mundgod on the Mundgod - hubli road is the Bachankidam, a tourist resort. The dam which is built across the Bachanaki river, a tributary of the Kali is adorned with ever green hilly surroundings. There is a proposal to raise park on the site on the other side of the dam. It is the good picnic spot.

Nearby Places: Attiveri Birds Sanctuary, Tibetan Colony, Sannavalli Dam

Nearest  Cities : Sirsi,Mudgod,Hubli,Yellapur

Distances from Bachanaki Dam :
Sirsi – 62 km
Mundgod – 9 km
Yellapur – 50 km
Hubli – 45 km


Sannavalli Dam

Sannavalli Dam/Sanavali Dam  is located 5 km from Mundgod near sanavalli village. Sannavali Dam is attracting tourists from all over the state because of boating and greenery, this place is very near to mundgot city (State Highway).This place is very near to most popular Attiveri Birds Sanctuary.

Nearby places : Attiveri Birds Sactuary,Bachanaki Dam,Tibetans Colony

Nearest cities : Hubli,Mundgod,Sirsi,Yellapur

Distances from Sannavalli Dam :
Sirsi – 60 km
Yellapur – 48 km
Hubli - 56 km
Mudgod - 7 km


Basavaraja Fort/Island

Basavaraja fort/ Basavaraj Island was an island fortress situated in the Arabian sea off the coast of Uttara Kannada District, Honnavar Taluk in Karnataka state. The island can be reached by boat  and it is 3km from Sharavati Bay and just 1km from Pavinakurva village (an island which also has a beach).The landing place is at the southeastern part of the island at the old entrance of the fort. The island has a total area of 19 hectares and an elevation of 45 to 50m. The top of the island is a plateau covered with dry grass and trees that can be seen only at the sloping part of the island. There are a number of fresh water wells. The fort was constructed during Vijayanagar rule in 1690. Keladi ruler Shivappa Nayaka captured it and named it Basavaraja Durga in memory of Keladi prince Basavaraj.
This island has a temple constructed by the ruler between the 16th and 17th century. People especially fishermen and boat owners visit the temple with their families once a year on Makarashankaranthi Day on 14 January to perform a pooja to protect, guide them from nature's harm throughout the year while working on the sea.

Nearest Cities: Sirsi,Yellapur, Honnar,Kumta

Distances from Basavaraj Durga:
Sirsi – 80 km
Ankola – 53 km
Kumta – 16 km
Honnavar – 10 km

Belekeri beach

Belekeri beach is Situated 8 kms away from Ankola which is an old port of Belekin with the long stretches of unexplored beaches. Situated at the bay of the river Belekin, the port is used for shipping bamboo, wood etc.The place has two temples of Jenubeera and Ishwara and also an old inscription dating back to the 15th century. Belekeri Port was a good port during the time of British, and managenese ore was being exported from here. The beautiful beach here attracts many tourists.
The land is surrounded by picturesque mountains. Watching sunset in the evening you would never like to leave the place

Nearby Cities : Ankola,Sirsi,Karwar,Kumta

Distances from Belekeri Beach :
Ankola - 8 km
Sirsi -100 km
Karwar - 31 km
Kumta - 47 km



Devakara (Vajramala Falls,Dewkar,Devakar) waterfalls is one of the beautiful waterfalls of Uttara Kannada District, which comes in Yellapur taluk. To see this falls you have to trek in dense forest & the edge of back water of Kali River. Devakar falls is situated in a small island called DEVAKARA which is surrounding the Kali River Backwaters. So it is called as “Devakara falls”. Here you can see the “Devakara falls” falling down 4 stages from 120 feet height. While falling, it glows like a “Diamond (Vajra)”. So locally this falls is called as “Vajramala falls”. This falls is originated from “Bare” stream. Due to the lack of publicity this beautiful falls is still unknown to lot of people

Note: Note Food Fecility is available near to this palce

Nearest Cities : Yellapur,Sirsi,Karwar

Distances from Devakar/Dewkar Falls:
Yellapur – 26 km
Sirsi - 80 km
Karwar -  80 km


Shirley (Shirale/ Shirle) water falls is one of the beautiful waterfalls in Uttara Kannada district, which situated in Yellapur taluk. This place is nearly 13kms from Yellapur town. This falls comes in Arabhile Ghat. Here you can see the water falls from 100 feet height (approximately). Due to the lack of publicity this beautiful falls is still unknown to lot of people.This place is very good for trekking.

From Yellapur town go in Yellapur- Ankola National highway (N.H-63), approximately 18kms you will get Shirley cross on left side of road. While coming from Ankola side after Idagundi village you will get Shirle cross. (4kms from Idagundi). Shirley is a very small village which has got nearly 10 houses.

From that cross you have to go 2.5kms in forest (mud-road) downwards. It is better to go by walk only. 4 wheelers are not going in this road. 2 wheeler is also difficult in this mud-road. After 2.5kms you will get one areca-nut plantation. From that areca-nut plant you have to walk downwards, after some distance you will get Shirley falls.

Nearest Citites : Sirsi,Yellapur,Ankola,Karwar

Distances from Shirle Falls :
Yellapur – 13 km
Sirsi – 65 km
Karwar – 85 km
Ankola – 55 km


Devarhole is part of the Shalmala river which originates near Sirsi. Devarhole is about 12 kms from Sirsi. The spot is amidst lush green forests of Sahyadri and there are carvings of lingas, Durga, Vishnu, Anjaneya and other deities along the banks of the river. Thousands of pilgrims and devotees visit Devarhole on the occasion of Shivaratri. Some of them are said to belong to the period of Swadi kings who ruled the region during the 16th and 17th century AD

Go in Sirsi-Yellapur Road (SH-93) up-to 'Kadave cross bus stop' (5 kms from Sirsi). Then take left deviation. Again you will find 2 roads, one which moves towards Kadave & other moves towards 'Devadakere'. Go in 'Devadakere' road (right deviation) up-to Bommanahalli bus stop. Then take left deviation go to 'Devadakere bus stop' (10 kms from Sirsi). Then you will find one mud road which moves towards 'Devarahole'. Go in that mud road up-to 2kms you will get 'Devarahole'.

Nearest Cities : Sirsi, Yellapur, Hubli

Distance from Devarahole :
Sirsi – 14 km
Yellapur – 49 km
Hubli – 113 km

Kailasa Gudda/ Kailasa betta

Kailasa-gudda is a beautiful picnic place which is 7kms from Sirsi. This is a big hill which is covering from green forest. Here you can see the Microwave tower & a view tower. From that view tower you can watch the beautiful scenery of forest and surrounding hills. You can also watch the view of Sirsi Town. This place is best for trekking.

Nearby Sirsi you can find hundreds of Hills like this, The reason we are mentioning this spot here is you will find this on the way Sirsi to Yellapur and 9 km From Sirsi.Few hours you can spend here to experience the real joy of Nature

Nearest City: Sirsi

Distance from Kailasa Gudda : 9 km (Sirsi - Yellapur Road)


Sharavathi River Valley / Gerusoppa Valley / Reservoir

Really Lovely...! Gorgeous..!! Awesome..!!!
This place is situated in Uttara Kannada District.Newly constructed Gerusoppa dam/ Hydro Electri Project has created a unique reservoir in gerusoppa valley. The breath taking view of the valley can be had from atop  observation tower constructed by Forest dept, about 10 kms from Gerusoppa towards Jogfalls. Nearby there are few seasonal water falls like Gowri shanakara Falls, Gerusoppa Falls which you can see only monsoon seasons( July to November).
Sadly both gourishankara Falls and Gerusoppa Falls are unreachable, The gerusoppa falls can only be enjoyed from view point and not possible to reach nearby.If you want to view the full view of Gouri shankara  and Gerusoppa Falls you have to spend few hours usually these falls region cover with fogs.So when you plan to visit  Sharavati River Valley put some extra hours.Small Small Milky way’s welcomes you on the way when you travel to this place .(See the Images sections to enjoy the milky ways)

Nearby Cities:  Sirsi,Siddapur,Honnavar,Sagara, Gerusoppa /Jyoti Nanar

Distance from Sharavathi Valley:
Sirsi - 66 km
Siddapur - 30 km
Honnavar-  50 km
Sagara -42 km
Gerusoppa - 15 km
(Distances mentioned above are approximate)

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Karikanamma Temple
Karikana Parameshwari Temple located at Nilakodu/Neelkod Village,Honnavar Taluk Uttara Kannada District, This temple is located in thick forest so prevoiusly this temple was called as  Karikanamma Temple.Shri Parameshwari godess will be worshipped here.The history says that Shri Shidhara Swamiji installed this Parameshwari idol.
As this temple is located in western ghats region this place is not only  famous religious place also famous a good tourism place too.you can enjoy Sunset view on the Arabian sea.

Nearest Cities: Sirsi , Kumta , Honnavar

Distance from  Karikanamma Temple:
Honnavar-13 km
Sirsi - 95
Kumta – 30


Muregar Falls
Muregar Falls is the famous tourist spot in Sirsi taluk. "Muregar Falls" is also called as "Teppige falls" or Daggumane Falls. It is nearly 23km from Sirsi. This falls originates from "Muregar Halla"(small stream) which is the sub river of "Shalmala River". Here you can see the "Shivalingas" and other gods like "Ganesha", "Shanmuka" etc.

Nearest Cities: Sirsi,Siddapur

Distances from Muregaru Falls:
Sirsi - 40 km
Siddapur -  72 km


Panchalinga is situated in Sirsi Taluk (Uttara Kannada District).A temple having 5(pancha) linga's so this temple is called as the Panchalingeshwara Temple here you can also see the Laxminarayana Temple Shivalli Mutt. This temple is situated in the village called Panchalinga Near HegdeKatta(hegadekatte).You will find this village on the way to yana from Sirsi also Manjuguni Situated nearby.(Route:Sirsi-Kumta Road)

Nearest Cities: Sirsi,Siddapur

Distance from Panchanlinga”
Sirsi - 20 km
Siddapur - 60 km


Mattighatta Falls
Mattigatta Water Falls located near Sirsi, This falls is popularly known as the hasehalla falls.This is the small waterfalls The best time to visit is July to December. This falls is not so familiar because of lack of publicity and difficulty in reaching the place.People love this place becuase of trekking,definately you will enjoy the trekking here.Climbing and the see the waterfalls from the top it will be fun, Also you can see the valley Near by.eventhouh We suggessted to visit this falls in July to December but during rainy season it is very difficult to reach.If you visit this falls during november or decmber you will enjoy more.

Trekking to the black rock formations through the hilly forest of Sahyadri can be a good experience. The way is damp and slippery during the rains and trekking can be a breeze during winter. Photography buffs can try clicking a few snaps of the surrounding beauty.There are varieties of endangered species of birds and butterflies in this biodiversity hotspot; bird watching in this area can be a beautiful experience.

Nearest Cities :Sirsi,Siddapur

Distance from Mattigatta  Falls
Siddapur - 65
Sirsi  - 30

Nadguuli Hills
Nadguli Hills Situated near the small village called Halasige,Sirsi.This hill sorrouned by the many other hills, Photography on this hill will be fun.People can enjoy trekking.When you visit this place you will enjoy the Greenary of Western ghat, If it is the mansoon season this place will be convered with fogs,You will have the awesome experience here.
Sirsi 20 km view Route on Google maps: http://goo.gl/maps/q6dqZ
Siddapur 35 km
Gudnapur Lake
Gudnapur Lake,Gudnapura  Lake situated near Banavasi,Sirsi Taluk,You will find this lake while travelling to Sirsi to Banavasi, One of the Historical place of Karnataka. This place is Kadamba Dynasty ruled by king of ravivarma.Lord Bangareshwar Temple is situated on its bank,
Rani Mahal(Queen's Mahal) Gudnapur is the one of the attraction of Gudnapur.Rani Mahal is said to be built in the 5th century and was probably used by the queen during the Kadamba ruleWhen you visit here you will enjoy the sunset/sunrise.

This lake is spreaded over 164 acres,as sirsi is a malnad region spending time during manson will be more fun and relaxable.

Nearest Cities:Sirsi,Banavasi,Sorab,Siddapur

Distances from Gudnapura:
Sirsi -19 km
Banavasi – 6 km
Siddapur – 40 km
Sorab - 30km

Mahabalashwara Temple,Gokarna (Athma Linga Temple)

Goakarna is Religious,Historical also Good Tourism Place, Series of Beaches located near Gokarna,Beach Lovers Enjoy the Gokarna Trip a lot.
There are five Very Popular Beaches near Gokarna Kudle Beach ,Om Beach ,Half Moon Beach ,Full Moon Beach or Paradise Beach, Nirvana Beach (You will find one more beach near Near Mahabaleshwara Temple called Gokarna Beach,View Exlussive Map of Gokarna Attractions)

Gokarna is a small temple town located on the western coast of India in Uttara Kannada district in the beautiful Indian state of Karnataka. Main temple and deity is Lord Shiva, also known as Mahabhaleshwara. This temple houses what is believed to be original image of Lord Shiva's lingam. There are many other temples all over this small town. Ankola and Kumta on Highway 17 are the main towns near Gokarna.

Gokarna is historically known as one of the seven important Hindu pilgrimage centers. Gokarna is located on what was once pristine unspoiled beach near estuary of river Aghanashini with its beautiful palm trees, other colorful tropical fruit and flower trees. Of late due to the numbers of tourists the character of this town has changed. This town is no longer just a center of pilgrimage though massive numbers of devotees still visit the town for the purposes of offering prayers and worship to Lord Shiva.

Due to its laid back unspoiled and rustic nature many younger western tourists started visiting Gokarna about a decade ago. The beaches around Gokarna were hardly used by the locals until these mainly Western tourists started coming to undeveloped beaches around Gokarna. Many enterprising locals started stores restaurants and now fully fledged resorts cater even to the well heeled tourists.

Gokarna is also an important centre of Sanskrit learning and houses Bhandikeri Math and Toggu Math. It is a place where Sanskrit knowledge is passed down from generations in Brahmin families. Many Hindus also perform the last rites of a person here.

Mahabaleshwar Temple (Maha: great, bal: strength) is a famous Shiva Temple and it houses the 'Atmalinga'. Named so after Ravana referred to the linga's great strength
It is situated at the western end of the main street. In the sanctuary is 'Athmalinga' in between the Saligrama Peethaa. The idol of Lord Mahabaleshwara is called Nagabharana. It is so named because of the Lord rests under the head of Naga (serpent). The floor of the hall in front has an intricate engraving of a giant tortoise.

Maha Ganapathi Temple built in honour of the boy Ganapathi, who deceived the demon Ravana. The deity here is two-armed, standing and at least 1500 years old.
Uma Maheshwara Temple
Bhadrakali Temple
Tamra Gauri Temple
Venkataramana Temple
Kotitheertha is a man-made tank that is used for immersion of idols and ritual bathing. It is surrounded by temples.

Shivaratri festival is celebrated here with great enthusiasm. The temple has two chariots - named locally as 'Dodda Ratha' (Dodda for Big in Kannada) and 'Sanna Ratha' (sanna for small in Kannada). Dodda Ratha is quite huge. While 'Sanna Ratha' is out in the open during winter and summer, the 'Dodda Ratha' is brought out and made ready only during Maha Shivaratri. On the last day of Maha Shivaratri festival the Lord Mahabaleshwara idol is carried in 'Dodda Ratha' in a procession through the town's big Car Street, while priests and pilgrims chant hymns in praise of Shiva. More than a hundred people are needed to pull the chariots with thick ropes while priests conduct religious ceremonies inside. During the nine-day Maha Shivaratri festival, the small town of Gokarna is visited by up to 20,000 pilgrims.

Nearest Cities: Sirsi, Kumta, Honnavar, Ankola,Karwar,Goa ,Yellapur

Distance from Gokarna Temple :
Sirsi – 80 km
Kumta – 35 km
Honnavara – 55 km
Ankola – 27 km
Karwar – 60 km
Yellapur – 78 km
Goa – 140 km

Om Beach, Gokarna

Gokarna is Religious,Historical also Good Tourism Place, Series of Beaches located near Gokarna,Beach Lovers Enjoy the Gokarna Trip a lot.
There are five Very Popular Beaches near Gokarna Kudle Beach ,Om Beach ,Half Moon Beach ,Full Moon Beach or Paradise Beach, Nirvana Beach (You will find one more beach near Near Mahabaleshwara Temple called Gokarna Beach,View Exlussive Map of Gokarna Attractions)

Om Beach – Where the Waves Beckon
Om beach is located at a distance of approximately 8 km from the town of Gokarna. Two semi-crescent shapes that join together resembling the Hindu religious symbol ‘OM’ is the reason behind the name of the beach.
m beach is the most famous amongst several other beaches present in the town of Gokarna. Miles of white sand greet the avid beach-goer and you’ll surely be tempted to extend your holiday. Om Beach is the center for several water sport activities such as surfing, water-skiing, parasailing, and banana boat rides, which will surely spike your adrenaline to an altogether new level.
There are several places to dine and stay overnight that lie close to the beach and depending upon your budget, you can explore these. You can expect to meet a lot of foreigners who have decided to stay for longer periods of time here owing to the pristine and scenic views and lifestyle.
Apart from the Om Beach, you can also explore the other beaches that are relatively close by. Kudle Beach lies a short walk away from Om Beach, and it also promises to compete with the latter in terms of scenic views and laid-back lifestyle. Other beaches in the area include the Half Moon Beach and the Paradise Beach. Both these beaches are very secluded with less population and have to be reached by boat.

Distance from Om Beach (Approximate) :
Sirsi – 80 km
Kumta – 35 km
Honnavara – 55 km
Ankola – 27 km
Karwar – 60 km
Yellapur – 78 km
Goa – 140 km

Nirvana Beach

Gokarna is Religious,Historical also Good Tourism Place, Series of Beaches located near Gokarna,Beach Lovers Enjoy the Gokarna Trip a lot.
There are five Very Popular Beaches near Gokarna Kudle Beach ,Om Beach ,Half Moon Beach ,Full Moon Beach or Paradise Beach, Nirvana Beach (You will find one more beach near Near Mahabaleshwara Temple called Gokarna Beach,View Exlussive Map of Gokarna Attractions)

Nirvana Beach Located Near Gokarna also called as Bircodi Beach,Backpackers loves Nirvana beach for camping,Nirvana nature resort is situated near Near Gokarna, Karnataka, on a beach called Nirvana beach (old name Long Beach,Bircodi Beach). One could reach here by boat from Om beach, Gokarna in 20 minutes or by taxi train and bus from Kumta and Gokarna town. Clean, sun soaked beaches with blue water and greenery. Tree houses are right on the beach to have uninterrupted view of ocean. Sea is calm and wonderful to swim. Local fishermen and farmers are friendly. Spiritual and calm atmosphere. Very close to Paradise beach. Plenty of dolphins coming very close to beach very often. Back water trip in adjoining Agnashini River.

Nearest Cities: Sirsi, Kumta, Honnavar, Ankola,Karwar,Goa ,Yellapur

Distance from Nirvana Beach (Aprroximate) :
Sirsi – 80 km
Kumta – 35 km
Honnavara – 55 km
Ankola – 27 km
Karwar – 60 km
Yellapur – 78 km
Goa – 140 km

Kudle Beach

Gokarna is Religious and Historical place also Good Tourism Place, Series of Beaches located near Gokarna,Beach Lovers Enjoy the Gokarna Trip a lot.
There are five Very Popular Beaches near Gokarna Kudle Beach ,Om Beach ,Half Moon Beach ,Full Moon Beach or Paradise Beach, Nirvana Beach (You will find one more beach near Near Mahabaleshwara Temple called Gokarna Beach,View Exlussive Map of Gokarna Attractions)

A beautiful, kilometer-long white sand beach surrounded by palm trees. At this beach there are simple huts and beach side eating places. You need to bring your own bedding. There is fresh water here.
The Kudle Beach is surrounded by hills on three sides and can be reached by walk. Due to its inaccessibility, this beautiful serene beach remains deserted all through the year.
At Kudle Beach there are simple huts and beach-side eating places. You need to bring your own bedding. There are also huts which are offered very low rates, just big enough to sleep in and to store a backpack. On full moon day, one can walk from Kudle to Paradise beach without a torch.
Nearest Cities: Sirsi, Kumta, Honnavar, Ankola,Karwar,Goa ,Yellapur
Distances from Kudle Beach:
Sirsi - 85 km
Kumta - 38 km
Honnavar - 55 km
Ankola - 30 km
Karwar - 62 km
Goa - 140 km
Yellapur - 80 km

Half-Moon Beach
Gokarna is Religious and Historical place also Good Tourism Place, Series of Beaches located near Gokarna,Beach Lovers Enjoy the Gokarna Trip a lot.
There are five Very Popular Beaches near Gokarna Kudle Beach ,Om Beach ,Half Moon Beach ,Full Moon Beach or Paradise Beach, Nirvana Beach (You will find one more beach near Near Mahabaleshwara Temple called Gokarna Beach,View Exlussive Map of Gokarna Attractions)

Unlike other beaches in Gokarna Half Moon Beach is accessible only by foot or boat, though very close to Om Beach. It is a very tiny place and the accommodation is in small charming huts, tents and an igloo-like house. If you’re prepared for camping – this option is available too. There’s also a small restaurant called “The Dolphin View” in there, where you can eat some delicious vegetarian food.
Nearest Cities: Sirsi, Kumta, Honnavar, Ankola,Karwar,Goa ,Yellapur
Distances from Kudle Beach:
Sirsi - 85 km
Kumta - 38 km
Honnavar - 55 km
Ankola - 30 km
Karwar - 62 km
Goa - 140 km
Yellapur - 80 km


Full-Moon Beach (Paradise Beach)
Gokarna is Religious and Historical place also Good Tourism Place, Series of Beaches located near Gokarna,Beach Lovers Enjoy the Gokarna Trip a lot.
There are five Very Popular Beaches near Gokarna Kudle Beach ,Om Beach ,Half Moon Beach ,Full Moon Beach or Paradise Beach, Nirvana Beach (You will find one more beach near Near Mahabaleshwara Temple called Gokarna Beach,View Exlussive Map of Gokarna Attractions)

The Paradise Beach, also known as Full Moon Beach, is the most wild of the bunch. It is very isolated, accessible mainly by boat and very hard to reach by foot. However, accommodation is possible in huts and there are also a couple of restaurants around, specialized in preparing sea and vegetarian food. Paradise Beach is okay for swimming, as long as the water is calm enough.this is one of the most beautiful beaches near to Gokarna, smaller and lesser known, but equally great for a bit of sunbathing and swimming. It is accessible only through sea by boating or forest by trekking through it.
This is a perfect place for anybody to spend the leisure times. Paradise beach can be utilized for all type of beach activity as the water is calm and the beach is so clean. Open restaurant with seafood specialties and Barbeque are available in this beach. It is ideal for swimming, but no water sports are available.
Nearest Cities: Sirsi, Kumta, Honnavar, Ankola,Karwar,Goa ,Yellapur
Distances from Kudle Beach:
Sirsi - 85 km
Kumta - 38 km
Honnavar - 55 km
Ankola - 30 km
Karwar - 62 km
Goa - 140 km
Yellapur - 80 km

ImagesShri Baala Ganesha Temple Idagunji

The Shree Vinayaka Devaru is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Ganesha (Vinayaka), located on the West Coast of India in the Idagunji town in Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka state, India. The temple's popularity as a religious place is recorded by about 1 million devotees visiting it annually.Idagunji where the temple is located is small village on the west coast of India close to the Sharvathi River which joins the Arabian Sea. It is close to Manki, Mavinakatte and is about 14 km from Honavar, 28 km from Navilgaon, 65 km from Gokarna, and 7 km from a road which branches from the National Highway 17 (India), towards the west coast.[4] Honnavara, the capital of the taluk in which Idagunji lies, is also the nearest railway station. Shri Vinayaka Temple is oldest bala Ganapa
The Story Of Mhatobar Shree Vinayaka Devaru, Idagunji
Idagunji is a small place in Honnavara taluk, Uttar Kannada district, which has the famous Vinayaka temple. The temple is the main attraction at Idagunji, receiving more than 1 million devotees per year.
Idagunji Devasthana is an ancient temple with a history of more than 1500 years. The story of the temple is as follows.
At the end of 'Dwapara Yuga' great saints were praying to the Sutha-Pouranika at Badarikashrama. Shri Krishna had implied to eliminate the on coming doshas of 'Kaliyuga'. The divine saint, Valakhilya initiated narrating the significance of Kunjavana.
Valakhilya along with other immortal saints was performing penitential activities in a forest. They started experiencing diverse hindrance in penitentiary activities. The holy saint was agitated by these obstacles. He seeked solace and worshipped Lord Krishna. Narada the noble saint approached Valakhilya. Narada received cordial and satiate wel-come with due rituals. Valakhilya explained his difficult situation to the divine saint and requested him to suggest pragmatic solutions to deal with the obstacles on his way. Narada advised him to worship God Vigneshwara (the remover of obstacles) before starting the penance again.

Valakhilya requested Narada to show him an appropriate place to worship the deity. Narada along with Valakhilya and other saints wandered westward in search of a suitable place. They came across the Sharavati river which gracefully caressed and consolidated with the ocean.
Narada chalked out an exact place located a few miles away to the left of Sharavati. The place was named as Kunjaranya. This would be a deserving place for their penitential activities. To add up to the significance of the place, Narada explained that in the past from time to time the Holy Trinity, Hari, Har and Brahma have come to this place to conduct their penance to stop the destruction of the "Asuras" (the demons). They also created lakes termed as "Chakratirtha" and "Brahmatirtha" which is truly a spiritual inspiration.
After sketching out this to all the saints, Narada with the help of the saints fabricated another lake named "Devatirtha". He then offered to bring Ganapathi (Vinayaka) along with other Gods including the Holy Trinity. Narada approached Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara to attend the "Puja" at Kunjaranya offered by the saints. He also took the liberty of requesting Parvathi to send her son, Ganapathi to the saints for the removal of obstacles.
Narada's charisma led all the Heavenly Gods along with Lord Ganapathi to attend the "Puja" with eminence and granduer. The temple dedicated especially for this purpose was decked with attractive decor and the enormous glittering diamonds and stones. Ganapathi received the rites, rituals and ceremonious formalities on the second day of Poorvathretha Yuga Nrapavara Chanda Shakabda 813 Vibhava Samwathsara which was decided as Uttarayana Shishiraruthu Maghamasa Shukla Dwitheeya Budhavara Punarwasu Nakshatra (Uttarashadha Nakshatra Visvamuhoortha the most auspicious time by Brahma.
The great saints and Heavenly beings chanted the hymns in praise of Lord Ganapathi. Ganapathi, magnificently attired, was holding “Modhaka” and “Padma” in his hands.
Immensely pleased by the devotion rendered on him by the saints, Ganapathi expressed his desire to grant the wishes of his devotees. The other Gods were cherished and treated equivalently. They also blessed their worshippers. The other Gods appealed to go to their original places. Ganapathi emphasized his decision to stay and gratify the desires of his devotees. He also implied the Gods to leave behind a part of their omniscient power in the various lakes encompassed there.
The devotees can attain their hearts desires by dripping into the varied "Theerthas" and by offering pujas to Him. A lake was bestowed to provide water for bathing at Ganapathi's request. It was named as "Ganeshtith".So according to this purana , Lord Ganapathi stayed in the place Kunjaranya which is now renowned as Idagunji

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Nearest Cities: Kumta,Honnavara,Bhatkal,Sirsi,Karwar

Distances from Idagunji:
Sirsi – 96 km
Kumta – 34 km
Honnavar – 14 km
Bhatkal – 31 km
Karwar – 105 km

Murudeshwara Temple

Murudeshwar is a town in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in the state of Karnataka, India. "Murudeshwar" is another name of the Hindu god Shiva. Famous for the world's second-tallest Shiva statue, Murudeshwar beach town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is also famous for the Murudeshwar Temple.

The origin of the name "Murudeshwar" dates to the time of Ramayana.
The Lanka King Ravana wanted to attain immortality by obtaining the Atma-Linga (Soul of Shiva). Since the Atma-Linga belonged to Lord Shiva, Ravana worshipped Shiva with devotion. Pleased by his prayers, Lord Shiva appeared before him and asked him what he wanted. By this time Narada had asked Lord Vishnu to change Ravana's mind. As a result of this plot, Ravana asks for Goddess Parvati, and Lord Shiva offers her to him. On his way back to Lanka Narada tells Ravana that Lord had not given him the real Parvathi and that the real Parvathi was in Pathala. So Ravana frees his companion,goes to Pathala and marries a king's daughter, assuming her to be the real Parvathi. He then returns to Lanka, where his mother asks him for the Linga. Ravana then comes to know of the tricks played on him by Lord Vishnu. He therefore prays to Lord Shiva again, begging for his forgiveness. Lord Shiva appears and this time, Ravana requests the AtmaLinga as his boon. Lord Shiva agrees to give him the boon with the condition that it should never be placed on the ground. If the AtmaLinga was ever placed on the ground, all the powers would return to Lord Shiva again. Having obtained his boon, Ravana started back on his journey to Lanka.
Sage Narada, who came to know of this incident, realised that with the AtmaLinga, Ravana may obtain immortality and create havoc on earth. He approached the Lord Ganesh and requested him to prevent the AtmaLinga from reaching Lanka. Lord Ganesh knew that Ravana was a very devoted person who used to perform prayer ritual in the evening every day without fail. He decided to make use of this fact and came up with a plan to confiscate the AtmaLinga from Ravana.
As Ravana was nearing Gokarna, Lord Vishnu blotted out the sun to give the appearance of dusk. Ravana now had to perform his evening rituals but was worried because with the AtmaLinga in his hands, he would not be able to do his rituals. At this time, Lord Ganesh in the disguise of a Brahmin boy accosted him. Ravana requested him to hold the AtmaLinga until he performed his rituals, and asked him not to place it on the ground. Ganesh struck a deal with him saying that he would call Ravana thrice, and if Ravana did not return within that time, he would place the AtmaLinga on the ground.
As predicted, before Ravana could return after completing his rituals, Ganesh had already placed the AtmaLinga on the ground. Vishnu then removed his illusion and it was daylight again. Ravana, realising that he tried to uproot and destroy it. Due to the force exerted by Ravana, some pieces were scattered. One such piece from the head of the linga is said to have fallen in present day Surathkal. The famous Sadashiva temple is said to be built around that piece of linga. Then he decided to destroy the covering of the AtmaLinga, and threw the case covering it to a place called Sajjeshwara, 23 miles away. Then he threw the lid of the case to a place called Guneshwara (now Gunavanthe) and Dhareshwara, 10–12 miles away. Finally, he threw the cloth covering the AtmaLinga to a place called Mrideshwara in Kanduka-Giri (Kanduka Hill). Mrideshwara has been renamed to Murudeshwar. There is a depiction of this story below the Shiva idol in the form of a cave


Murudeshwar Temple and Raja Gopura: This temple is built on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea. It is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, and a 20-storied Gopura is constructed at the temple. The temple authorities have installed a lift that provides a breath-taking view of the 123-feet Lord Shiva idol from the top of the Raja gopura. There is also a Rameshwar linga at the bottom of the hill, where devotees can do seva themselves. A Shaneswara temple has been built next to the idol of Lord Shiva. Two life-size elephants in concrete stand guard at the steps leading to it. The entire temple and temple complex, including the 237.5-feet-tall Raja Gopura, is one among the tallest, was constructed to its present form by businessman and philanthropist R. N. Shetty.
The temple is entirely modernized with exception of the sanctum sanctorum which is still dark and retains its composure. The main deity is Sri Mridesa Linga, also called Murudeswara. The linga is believed to be a piece of the original Atma Linga and is about two feet below ground level. The devotees performing special sevas like Abhisheka, Rudrabhisheka, Rathotsava etc. can view the deity by standing before the threshold of the sanctum and the Lingam is illuminated by oil lamps held close by the priests. The Lingam is essentially a rough rock inside a hollowed spot in the ground. Entry into the sanctum is banned for all devotees.
Statue of Lord Shiva: A huge towering statue of Lord Shiva, visible from great distances, is present in the temple complex. It is the second highest statue of Lord Shiva in the world. The Tallest Lord shiva statue is in Nepal known as the(Kailashnath Mahadev Statue). The statue is 123 feet (37 m) in height and took about two years to build. The statue was built by Shivamogga's Kashinath and several other sculptors, financed by businessman and philanthropist R.N. Shetty, at a cost of approximately 50 million Rs. The idol is designed such that it gets the sunlight directly and thus appears sparkling.Originally, the statue had four arms and was
adorned in gold paint. However, large wind gusts blew one arm off (the one that held a small drum), and rain dissolved the paint

Murudeshwar Beach
Murudeshwar beach has two beautiful temples and the statues are majestic. But the beach is used for fishing and the sea shore is inhabited by crabs. One can see crabs digging holes in the beach sand. Bathing is not allowed in the beach since the sea is inhabited by crabs and people are prone to getting bit.

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Nearest Cities: Kumta,Honnavara,Bhatkal,Sirsi,Karwar

Distances from Idagunji:
Sirsi – 110 km
Kumta – 47  km
Honnavar – 27 km
Bhatkal – 15 km

Karwar – 110 km