Friday, February 26, 2010

Uttar Kannada----Land of Scenic Beauty

The district headquarters and a port town is superb in its scenic beauty. The crescent shaped ‘Tagore Beach’ can match any beach in the world.   It has also a recreational park, colourful music fountain, Toy train, Planetorium, an aquarium to add to its attraction. River Kali joins and forms ‘sangam’ at the end of the beach. To view sun set on the bridge across River Kali is an unforgettable experience.


16 Kms from Bhatkal to the north on Honnavar-
Bhatkal NH 17. The famous Mahtobara Temple 
can today boast of the tallest Shiva statue in the 
world. The statue has special reflecting eyes, 
which makes statue alive. The temple on the 
beach itself attracts a large number of tourists 
because of the sea shore ambience.


 Dandeli, surrounded by thick jungle with River Kali dashing through furiously, is a nature lover’s paradise. Jungle Lodges Resorts has a fine tourist complex called ‘Kali Wilderness and Adventure Camp’. This is the only place in South India where tourists are offered white water rafting.

Sirsi is a taluk head quarters, and being on slopes of Western Ghats, is very different in weather from the coastal taluks of Uttara Kannada dist. The temple Marikamba here is one of the most popular places of religious significance. The present statue of ‘Devi’ was installed in 1669. The temple itself is more than 300 years old.  The ‘Devi’ is worshipped as ‘Amba” the mother. The Marikamba jatra which is held once in every two years, is one of the largest jatras in the state

24 kms from Sirsi, Banavasi is a historical village. Madhukeswar Temple and Madhumathi (Parvati) Temple are summit of Kadamba art. The tall Nandis of the temple are famous. The honey coloured Madhukeswar linga shines even in darkness. Another attraction is a stone cot carved from a singles stone and many statues of sculptural beauty. There is also a small museum. The river Varada flowing in front of the temple adds to theAmbience.

The town of Kumta is located on the Arabian sea coast in the district of Uttara Kannada in the state of Karnataka. Kumta has been a center for education and trade since the early part of the 20th century, when two educational institutions -- The Gibb High School and The Canara College were started.


Honavar or Onore, was a notable seaport of British India, in the North Kanara district of Bombay. It is mentioned as a place of trade as early as the 16th century, and is associated with two interesting incidents in Anglo-Indian history. In 1670, the English factors here had a bull-dog which killed a sacred bull. An enraged mob killed 18 people in retaliation. In 1784 it was defended for three months by Captain Torriano and a detachment of sepoys against the army of Tippu Sultan.

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