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ಉತ್ತರ ಕನ್ನಡ - Uttara Kannada

Location of ಉತ್ತರ ಕನ್ನಡ - Uttara Kannada
in Karnataka and India


14°36′N 74°42′E / 14.6°N 74.7°E / 14.6; 74.7






Ankola, Bhatkal, Haliyal, Honnavar, Joida, Karwar, Kumta, Mundgod, Siddapur, Sirsi, Yellapur




132 /km2 (342 /sq mi)

Time zone

IST (UTC+05:30)


10,250 km2 (3,958 sq mi)



• 581xxx


• ++ 91 (0838x)


• * Karwar KA-30,


Uttara Kannada (Kannada ಉತ್ತರ ಕನ್ನಡ ), also known as North Canara or North Kanara, is a district in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. It is bordered by the state of Goa and Belgaum District to the north, Dharwad District and Haveri District to the east, Shimoga District and Udupi District to the south and the Arabian Sea to the west. The town of Karwar is the administrative headquarters of the district.


Uttara Kannada was the home of the Kadamba kingdom from the 350 - 525CE. They ruled from Banavasi. After the subjugation of the Kadambas by the Chalukyas, Uttara Kannada district came under successive rule of empires like Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas and Vijayanagar empire.

Famous Arab traveler Ibn Battuta is said to have stayed for a time in the district under the protection of Nawayath Sultan Jamal al-Din at Hunnur. This place is presently known as Hosapattana and is located in the Honnavar taluka. Ruins of an old mosque and its minaret can still be seen in the village.

The district came under the rule of Maratha empire from around 1700 CE. to 1800 CE. It was ceded to the British at the conclusion of the Third Anglo-Maratha War in 1818. The British established North Kanara district as a part of the Bombay Presidency. After India's independence in 1947, Bombay Presidency was reconstituted as Bombay state. In 1956 the southern portion of Bombay state was added to Mysore state, which was renamed Karnataka in 1972.

The main geographic feature of the district is the Western Ghats or Sahyadri range, which runs from north to south through the district. Between the Sahyadris and the sea is a narrow coastal strip, known as the Payanghat, which varies from 8 to 24 km in width. Behind the coastal plain are flat-topped hills from 60 to 100 meters in height, and behind the hills are the ridges and peaks of the Sahyadris. East of the Sahyadris is the Balaghat upland, part of the vast Deccan plateau.

Moisture-bearing winds come from the west, and yearly rainfall averages 3000 mm on the coast, and as high as 5000 mm on the west-facing slopes of the Sahyadris. East of the crest is the rain shadow of the Sahyadris, which receive as little as 1000 mm annually. Much of the rain falls in the June-September monsoon.

Four principal rivers drain westwards from the crest of the Sahyadris to the sea; from north to south they are the Kali, Gungawali, Aghanashini and Sharavati. These rivers form numerous waterfalls, the most famous of which is Jog falls, on upper reaches of the Sharavati in neighboring Shimoga district. Other famous waterfalls include Unchalli Falls, where the river Aghanashini drops 116 meters, Magod Falls, where the Bedti river plunges 180 meters in two leaps, Shivganga falls, where the river Sonda (Shalmali) drops 74 meters, and Lalguli falls and Mailmane falls on the river Kali. In the lowlands, these rivers form wide estuaries, extending several kilometers inland from the coast.


Candy Corn Plant (Wagatea spicata) in the Anshi National Park

The district's high rainfall supports lush forests, which cover approximately 70% of the district. The North Western Ghats moist deciduous forests cover the Sahyadris below 1000 meters elevation. Many trees shed leaves in the drier months. In pockets above 1000 meters elevation lie the evergreen North Western Ghats montane rain forests. Anshi National Park near Dandeli, preserves approximately 250 km² of semi-evergreen forest, which is home to the tiger, black panther, leopard cat, gaur, Asian Elephant, sambar and a range of birds and reptiles. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary protects 834 km² of semi-evergreen and bamboo forest in the watershed of the Kali river and its tributaries, the Kaneri and Nagajhari. The Wroughton free tailed bat is endemic to the forests of Bhimgad, a proposed wild life sanctuary.

The district is also home to patches of savanna and degraded scrub jungles, which are often the result of overuse for logging or grazing. Much of the lowland has been cleared for agriculture. Mangrove forests can be found in the river estuaries, and the sandy beaches are home to groves of Calophyllum inophyllum, coconut and screw pine (Pandanus spp.). The rocky beaches at Binaga, Arga, Belekeri, Tadadi, Ankola Keni, Kadle, Kumta, Dhareshwar, Kasarkod, Murdeshwar, Bhatkal and Belke of the district are rich with marine fauna diversity. The rocky beaches of Uttara Kannada District harbours the invertebrates belonging to the Phylum Porifera, Coelenterata, Annelida, Arthropoda, Mollusca and Echinodermata.

Attiveri bird sanctuary is home to 79 species of birds including migratory birds from 22 countries. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for the elusive black panther among other animals like Gaur, Tiger and Leopards. The Kavala caves with their 5 ft. high natural Shiva linga, Synthery rocks is a 500 ft high rock flanked by natural caves and waterfalls, Vincholi rapids, Sykes point which offers a view of Kali river, and a suspension bridge are places worth visiting in this sanctuary. Yana is an enchanting place that can be reached by trekking about 10 km through lush forest. Yana is famous for its tall jagged rock formations and waterfalls. There is also a shrine of Bhairaveshvara here. Anshi National Park located some distance from Dandeli is undisturbed. Burude Falls is about 20 km from Siddapur , Unchalli Falls, Shivagangae, BeeneHolae Falls is about 25 km from Sirsi, Magod Falls and Sathodi Falls near Yellapura are some of the best natural falls in Uttara Kannada District. There are many dams in this district namely Supa Dam, Kodasalli Dam and Kadra Dam. The famous Atomic energy station at Kaiga is on the beautiful banks of river Kali.



The chief crops of the district are rice and sugarcane, along with a great diversity of other crops. Tree crops include coconut, arecanut, cocoa, cashew, mango, banana, pineapple, Garcinia, and sapota; vegetables include onion, radish, cucumber, cauliflower, sweet potato, brinjal, and amaranth; spices include pepper, cardamom, ginger and nutmeg. Millet and cotton are grown in the drier portion of the district east of the Western Ghats.


The major products of small scale industries in Uttara Kannada are roofing tiles, coir products, jewelry, food products, wood and steel furniture, glass and ceramics and seafood. Some of these SSI and tiny industries provide job works, components and spares required for large and medium scale industries, both within and outside the district. Eight large and medium scale industries in the district produce a variety of products like paper, duplex board, caustic soda, ferro alloys, transmission gears, food concentrate, herbal medicines and pharmaceuticals.

Villages and towns


The languages of the district are Kannada and Konkani. Kannada is the predominant language spoken in the district followed by Konkani which is also widely spoken. The population is predominantly Hindu comprising of majority communities Namadhari, Havyaka, Halakki Vokkaligas, Goud Saraswat and minority communities Bhandari, Mogaveera, Komarapant, Ager, Chamagara, Gramavokkaliga, Konkan Maratha, Nadavara, Chitrapur Saraswat, Sherugara, Devadasi, Daivajna (Sonagara), Harikant, Gabeet, Kharvee, Gudigara and Vani. Christians of Catholic and Protestant faiths and Islams of Shia and Sunni sects are thinly spread out in Uttara Kannada. The community of Islam living in Bhatkal are known as Nawayaths. The people of Uttara Kannada are non-vegetarians except for Hawyaka community. Fish and cocoa nut are common in their diet.



Main article: Yakshagana

'Yakshagana -- a musical theatre art is very popular in the district'

Yakshagana (Kannada :ಯಕ್ಷಗಾನ, pronounced as yaksha-gaana) is a dance drama popular in the district of Uttar Karnataka. It is believed to have evolved from pre classical music form and theatrical arts [1]. Yakshagana is popular in the districts of Uttara Kannada, Shivamogga, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Kasaragod district of Kerala.[2] This would be considered to be a form of opera in western eyes. Actors wear costumes and enact the various roles. Traditionally, Yakshaganas would go on all night. It is sometimes simply called as Aataā in both Kannada and Tulu (meaning play).[2] Yaksha-gana literally means the song (gana) of a Yaksha. Yakshas were an exotic tribe mentioned in the Sanskrit literature of ancient India.


Uttara Kannada district is famous for its Jain Basadis, Vijayanagar and Nayaka architecture. The Chaturmukha Basadi, Vardhamanaswamy Temple, Parshwanatheshwara Basadi at Gerusoppa, Chandranath Deva Basadi and 24 tirthankara's basadi at Hadavalli or Sangitapura, erotic sculptures of temples of Bhatkal are well known. The Aryadurga Temple at Ankola, Partagaali Jivottam Mutt and Mahabaleshvara temple at Gokarna which is an important place of Vedic studies, Mahalasa Narayani Temple at Kumta, Ventakaraman Temple Honnavar and Chitrapur Mutt, Mahaganapati Mahamaya Temple at Shirali and the Madhukeshvara and Veerabhadra temples at Banavasi and beach temple at Murdeshwara. Other important religious places are the Maarikamba Temple at Sirsi, Sahasra Linga about 15 km from Sirsi, Swarnavalli Math belonging to the Havyaka and Rama Kshatriya community, Sonde or Vadiraj Math of the Madhva community, the Shankar Math and Bhuvangiri temple near Siddapur.

Newspapers & media

  • The District Media/News Center (Zilla Varta Kendra) is located near DC office Karwar.
  • Visit www.sirsi.in for Lokadhwani, kannada and English articles
  • Karavali Munjavu from Karwar.
  • Nagarika from Honavar.
  • NudiJenu from Ankola by B.Honnappa
  • Kanada Vruththaa from Kumta
  • Pathrakartha from Sirsi
  • Janamadhyama from Sirsi
  • Lokadhwani from Sirsi
  • SahilOnline English Urdu & Kannada daily from Bhatkal.
  • .


Public transport

North West Karnataka Trasport Corporation (NWKRTC) is the state transport agency in the district. The NWKRTC covers all towns & villages of the district. There is a good network of public transport which connects the villages to the towns of the district. There is regular intra state services to major cities & towns of the state like Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Hubli-Dharwad & Belgaum. The Kadama Transport buses of neighbouring Goa state provides regular service from Karwar to all part of Goa state. Kumta & Sirsi are the main hubs for public transport which provides services to intra-district & intrastate round the clock,

Many private transport buses also provide services for inter / intra state from the district. The NH-17 which passes through the district which connects Mumbai to Kerala state, many private buses are plying on this Highway which provides inter-intra state services to places like Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, Belagum, Udupi, Mangalore, Kasrgod & Kannur etc.


The following are the National Highways which passes through the district of Uttar Kannada.


The following Railways pass through the district:

  • Konkan Railway Which connects Mangalore and Mumbai via Kumta,
  • Londa to 'Vasco Railway line which passes through 'Castle Rock'
  • Casle Rock to Dandeli Railway line.
  • Hubli -Ankola railway line is proposed to link Karwar port and the northern Karnataka.
  • RO-RO (Roll on/Roll off) services is provided by Konkan Railway to / from Ankola railway station to Suratkal Railway station. Many truckers use this facility between Ankola to Mangalore.


Uttar Kannada being one of the coastal district of the Karnataka state has a coast of 120 km has many ports which are used for Sea Trade, Naval base, Fishing & other maritime activities.

  • KARWAR PORT is an intermediate sea port the main activities of this port are Berthing of Ocean Going Ships, Coastal Shipping, & Fishing Jetty. Ship bunkering facility is also available at Karwar port.
  • INS KADAMBA is a naval base at Arga village of Karwar which is used excusively for berthing of Naval vessels. A naval ship repair yard (Dry Docks) is also attached to it.
  • BELEKERI PORT is an anchorage port.
  • TADRI PORT is a fishing port.
  • HONNAVOR PORT is a fishing port.
  • BHATKAL PORT it is a fishing port.

The Proposed Hubli-Ankola railway line can be feasible venture for the future developments of the ports in the district, for movement of the cargo, at present roads are only major mode of cargo movement which leads to congestion of the National Highways of the district.

The nearby Airports

By- K D Padaki

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Sirsi, My town

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Sirsi, Karnataka

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Sirsi (Kannada

: ಶಿರಸಿ) is a town in the Uttara Kannada district in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is a mountain town with a population of around 65,000 people. The town is surrounded by lush green forest and the region is popular for a large number of waterfalls. Hubli is the nearest large city, and the main businesses around the town are mostly subsistence and agriculture based. Adike (Supari) (Areca nut) or (Betel nut) is the primary crop grown in the villages that surround the town, making it one of the major trading centres for Arecanut. The nuts grown here are transported all over India, and also exported abroad. The region is also popular for many other spices like cardamom, pepper, betel leaves and vanilla. The major food crop is paddy and rice is the staple food of the people. The majority of the people in Sirsi speak dialects of Kannada, most notably the Havyaka dialect. The official language is also Kannada, although English is increasingly gaining popularity. A sizeable part of the population, both Hindus and Christians, also speaks Konkani.

The introduction of Konkan Railway, with Kumta being the nearest rail-link to Sirsi, has improved connectivity vastly to other parts of the country.

Major neighbourhoods in Sirsi are RayarPeth, MarigudiPeth, BidkiBail,Devikere, Nilekani, Sahyadri Society, Namazi Gudda etc.


Sirsi is located at Your browser may not support display of this image. 14°37′N 74°51′E / 14.62°N 74.85°E. It has an average elevation of 590 metres (1936 feet), and is situated in the heart of the Western Ghats. Sirsi is about 425 km from Bangalore. The nearest airport is located in Hubli, about 102 km from Sirsi. River Aghanashini takes birth from a place near Sirsi called "Donihalla" and flows towards the Arabian Sea in the West. The river also creates many waterfalls along its path.


The climate in Sirsi is strongly influenced by the monsoons, and the climate is tropical, moderated by proximity to the sea. During the monsoons, the region receives one of the heaviest rainfalls in the world. As a result, the region also has a large variety of wildlife. The vegetation in the region is mainly moist deciduous, and valuable timber wood is found commonly in the forests of the region. Thus, deforestation and poaching have been causes for concern in recent years. Sirsi has an awesome climate especially from October till February. Its a very beautiful place which everyone should visit.


As of 2001 India census, Sirsi had a population of 58,711. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Sirsi has an average literacy rate of 79%, which is much higher than the national average of 66%: male literacy is 82%, and female literacy is 76%. About 12% of the population is under 6 years of age...

Reaching There

Road : Sirsi is linked to other parts of the state many state highways. Sirsi linked to neighbouring district head quarters of Dharwad, Udupi, Haveri, Belagaon, Shimoga. The state corporation has a very good network of buses to all major cities/towns in Karnataka and Maharashtra. VRL (www.vrllogistics.com) and Sugama Transport are the 2 major private bus operators.

Railways : Nearest railhead is at Kumta. Kumta is 58 km from Sirsi. Kumta is situated on Konkan Railway line connecting Mangalooru to Mumbai. Major railhead is Hubli, which is the Zonal Head quarters of South Western Railways.

Air : Nearest Airport is in Hubli. Hubli is connected to Bangaluru and Mumbai by air.

Art and culture

Main article Yakshagana

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Yakshagana artist with Kedige'

Yakshagana (Kannada/Tulu:ಯಕ್ಷಗಾನ, pronounced as yaksha-gaana) is a dance drama popular in the state of Karnataka, India. It is believed to have evolved from pre classical music form and theatrical arts. Yakshagana is popular in the districts of Uttara Kannada, Shivamogga, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Kasaragod district of Kerala. This would be considered to be a form of opera in western eyes. Actors wear costumes and enact the various roles. Traditionally, Yakshaganas would go on all night. It is sometimes simply called as Aataā in both Kannada and Tulu (meaning play). Yaksha-gana literally means the song (gana) of a Yaksha. Yakshas were an exotic tribe mentioned in the Sanskrit literature of ancient India.

News and media

Vijaya Karnataka,Prajavani and TOI (all published from Hubli)and http://www.sahilonline.org from Bhatkal are the major News Papers popular here.

News Papers

Patrakartha, Janamadhyama, Lokadhwani these are the local papers published here. Lokadhwani is also available in Internet http://www.sirsi.in

Digital Media Penetration

This town has an incredible penetration of telecom (fixed lines and mobiles). In the recent past, DTH penetration and Cable TV penetration has exploded. The main city centre has a number of cybercafes and social media subscriptions are increasing tremendously amongst the youth today

Restaurants and Hotels

Sirsi has 3 major hotels: Shivani, Madhuvan, Panchavati and Samrat The major restaurants are Satkar, Samrat, Shivani, Akshay opposite to marikamba temple. Both North and South Indian cuisines are available at very good prices.

For people who enjoy junk food items or those who want a quick snack, there plenty of mobile eateries and stalls just outside the KSRTC Bus Depot of Sirsi. (For the people abroad who come for a small vacation and enjoy Mars, Snickers, Oreos and Nutella, these items are available at a couple of grocery stores outside the bus depot that keep limited stocks of these items as well)

If you are in Sirsi, make sure you gulp a bottle of 'Jeera Soda'. Much better than variants of soda!

Banking/Finance Facilities

SBI, Corporation Bank, Karnataka bank are some banks with full-fledged operations. Only Syndicate bank has two branches and ATM at main branch. SBI, Corporation Bank and ICICI Bank have ATM machines in place as well. Currently there are no forex converting facilities in Sirsi.

There are about 17 stock broking companies with a satellite setup in Sirsi. All of them are connected to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE). While most patrons invest in stocks, some of the financially savvy investors have also started trading on Futures and Options (The volume of trade is very miniscule though, be it stocks or options)


Sirsi is famous for the Marikamba temple, built in 1688. The famous 'Marikamba Jaathre', commemorating the goddess Marikamba is held by the temple authorities every alternate year. Nearly a lakh devotees from all parts of the country attend the fair, making it one of the biggest festivals in the region. Close to the Marikamba temple are the temples dedicated to Maha Ganapati and Shri Gopalakrishna.

For those who believe in astrology / fortune telling but do not have a horoscope in place, there is a ritual performed at the Maha Ganapathy temple by the priests there. The seeker has to frame the question that will have a binary outcome (Yes or No; True or False) The priest does the needful and the seeker is told about the verdict from Lord Ganesha. A lot of decisions like buying/selling property, choosing a vocation for higher studies are taken by some people through this ritual

22 km from Sirsi, famous Banavasi hobli is situated. Madhukeshwar temple is situated in Banavasi. The reighning deity Madhukeshwara of Banavasi, derived name from the colour of the linga, which has colour of honey.

Sode/ Sonda/ Swadi is situated at a distance of 22 km from sirsi. The main deity of Sonda is lord Trivikram along concert goddess Rama. Just beside the temple, the famous Vadiraja Mutt is situated.

Special Sweet Dishes in Sirsi

Kadubu: The main ingredients are jackfruit pulp and jaggery. The batter is prepared and with some additional ingredients, the batter is put into a container and steamed. The dessert is a local delicacy and is served hot with ghee

Holge: Well these are not similar to pancakes but one could say that these are the sweet equivalents of tortillas. One variant is made with gramflour and jaggery while the other is made with coconuts.

(Most local desserts have jaggery rather than sugar in Sirsi)


St.Anthony's church is in Sirsi and is situated in the center of the town, and is the main church for the minority Christian population in the region.

Another church is St.John Bosco Church situated on Hubli Road.

One more beautiful church is Infant Jesus Church in Agasebagil.

Prominent places in the Taluk of Sirsi

  • Banavasi , the capital of an ancient kingdom in Karnataka (state) ruled by the "Kadamba" dynasty is 24 km away from the Sirsi town center. Banavasi is considered as the "first" capital of Karnataka state, with the current capital being Bangalore. Although most of the ancient grandeur of the dynasty in Banavasi has been lost, an ancient temple for Madhukeshwara (Lord Shiva) is still largely intact, and has been declared a monument of historical importance by the Archaeological survey of India.
  • Sahasralinga, (Sanskrit for a thousand Shiva (deity) Linga's) is another place of singnificance, where scultptures carved from stone are installed in the middle of a flowing river. The river is surrounded by lush green forest; the place is about 10 km away from the town center. The place is quite secluded, except during "Maha Shivaratri" celebrations when it receives a sizeable number of pilgrims from the surrounding areas.
  • Sonda, famous for its Sri Vadiraja Matha, and the Swarnavalli Mutt are about 15 km away from Sirsi.
  • Unchalli falls, (also known as Keppa Joga, referring to the other more famous waterfall nearby, Jog falls) is situated about 30 km from Sirsi, and is one of the biggest tourist attractions near Sirsi. The waterfall is a 116 meter drop and offers spectacular views at all times of the year.
  • Yana is a nature’s wonder.

Other destinations

  • Shivaganga Falls
  • Burude Falls
  • Benne Hole falls
  • Pancha linga
  • Ganesh Paalu
  • Mattighatta falls
  • Waate Halla falls
  • Muregaar falls
  • "Vedic vana" Bakkala
  • Kumbri gudda(hill)
  • Dhoranagiri
  • Musukina baavi
  • Manjaguni Devasthana
  • Giligundi cave
  • Mabgi falls
  • Batrashi Gudda
  • Baroor Kenchagadde
  • a sacred place of Shri Shri Vadiraja swami, by name TAPOVANA is a superb place to visit

Nature and terrain

Sirsi is a popular destination for trekkers and nature lovers alike, owing to its idyllic location in the middle of the Western Ghats. Many viewpoints and mountain peaks provide spectacular views of the Sahyadri mountain ranges. The tourist infrastructure has improved considerably in the last decade, owing to an effort by the government to improve tourism in the area. There are many obscure destinations and trekking routes surrounding this region, known mostly only to the people native to the region. The region is also popular for numerous medicinal plants used in the traditional Ayurveda system of medicine, and there are protected reserves near Devimane Ghats for the conservation of medicinal species and biodiversity in the region.

By Mr.K.D.Padaki.

Banavasi was capital of Kadamba rulers. This religious site in Karnataka is located in Sirsi Taluk, Uttara Kannada District. From Sirsi town it is located at a distance of 22 miles. Banavasi is the oldest town in Karnataka. Myths and legends have been an integral part of this region.

Banavasi is referred to in the Mahabharata epic. According to Mahavamsa, a Buddhist text, Samrat Ashoka had sent missionaries to Banavasi. Historically it was belonged to the Shatvahana Dynasty. Enough evidences are available to support this theory. Stone inscriptions, brick structures and coins have been excavated from Banavasi that belong to this era. The beauty of the city had been depicted by Kannada poets like Pampa. As traveler one will get an opportunity to explore and witness the beauty of Banavasi in Karnataka. Apart from them several foreign visitors have also mentioned Banavasi in their work. In the works of Greek geographer Ptolemy, Huen Tsang, Chinese monk and Alberuni, Arab scholar this place in Karnataka have been mentioned. Legends also say that Kalidasa too visited Banavasi as an ambassador of Gupta kings. His famous work Meghaduta has references of Banavasi.

Banavasi - Madukeshwara temple , KarnatakaBanavasi is called "Jaldurga" in the Aihole inscription of Pulakeshi II. This term literally means water fort. The Varada River surrounds the three sides of the city with water. In ancient times the fourth side too was surrounded by water. As a result Banavasi is called by this name. There are several temples that adorn the city. One of them is Madukeshwara temple. This monument was originally built by the Kadambas. It has, however, from then undergone several changes. Another tale about this place involves the slaying of demon Madhu by Lord Vishnu at the behest of Lord Shiva. This tale is mentioned in the Puranas.

The temple reflects a blend of numerous schools of architecture. Currently the temple has a Shiva linga but it is believed that the originally the idol was that of lord Vishnu. Figures of Kesava and Ganesha are also here. These idols date back to the Kadamba Dynasty. Apart from these there are several deities that have been contributed by the rulers from time to time.





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