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History

History-mapUttara Kannada has its share of history, that’s interesting. Having been the foundation for “Kannada Nadu”, moving under the Hoysalas, Vijayanagara Empire, the Marath and others, its got a rich heritage and many a historic places.

Prominent amongst them are the below.

Banavasi:

The Story of Karnataka as a region begins with the Kadambas of Banavasi…. (Kadamba (345 – 525 CE) was an ancient royal dynasty of Karnataka, India that ruled northern Karnataka and the Konkan from Banavasi in present day Uttara Kannada district. Its only fair that the historic journey of Uttara Kannada begins at Banavasi ( about 80 KM from Kumta)

Hosapattana:

In Honnavar this is another place with historic significance, where the famous Moroccan Ibn Battuta is said to have stayed for a time in the district under the protection of Nawayath Sultan Jamal Al-Din at Hunnur, which is presently known as Hosapattana and is located in the town of Honnavar. Ruins of an old mosque and its minaret can still be seen in the village. Hosapattana is about 18 KM from Kumta on the south.

Sadashivagad Fort:

This fort was built on an old fortified site on the north bank of Kali River where it meets the sea. It had about 8 meters high ramparts which were about 2 metres wide at the top. There were towers and openings for guns. The citadel was at the highest point. An outwork was on the west, near the sea at the base of the cliff and was appropriately called Pani Killa. There was another outwork on the eastern slope. The citadel had single arched gateway. Samvargad was a very small fort, about 60 metres by 20 metres on top of a hillock east of Sadashivgad. It was a satellite fort guarding the former on its east & north east. Very few ruins remain.

Mirjan Fort:

There are many versions to the dating of this fort. The first historical vision the Mirjan Fort was built initially by a Nawayath asper Ibn_Battuta book this fort was first built by Nawayath Sultanates early 1200, then it came under the Vijayanagara Empire. Then the fort was refurbished in 1608 (Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) refers to its building over a period of 1608–1640) on the south east coastal part of the Tadri Creek.[1][2][7]

Another vision that is traced to the period 1552–1606 is that the Mirjan Fort was built initially by Queen Chennabhairadevi. She was from the TuluvaSaluva clan and ruled for a long period (for 54 years) under the protection of the Vijayanagara Empire (the queen preferred to be subordinate (mahamandaleshwara) of Vijayanagar rulers), as the queen of Gersoppa (a small town on the northern banks of the Sharavati River). She was given the epithet “the Pepper Queen or Raina da Pimenta’.

Keladi (Shimoga Dist)

The principal building in the place is the double temple of Rameshwara and Virabhadra, a large and plain structure built in the HoysalaDravida style.

After the disintegration of Vijayanagar Empire in the Battle of Talikota, the Keladi Nayakas created an independent kingdom and it remained so until it was annexed to Mysore Kingdom by Hyder AliShivappa Nayaka and Chennamma were the rulers of this kingdom.

Depending on the time at Hand, these places can be covered over a span of 2 to 3 days combining with other places of significance en-route for a quick or leaisurely team/ family outing.

We offer multiple packages with stay in Kumta, transportation, food and other arrangements for Groups between 6 and 15 People. Seasoned guides accompany all trips, stays are in interesting home stays and transportation in some of the best vehicles available in the area. The trips can be organised Ex Bangalore/Mangalore (by Bus/ Train/Private vehicles) or Talagoppa, the nearest train station on the Bangalore/ Sagar railway line, which is the quickest option.

Mythology

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The mythology of the region revolves around the story of the great Rakshasa King – Ravana of the Ramayana infamy. Ravana was a great bramhin and was an ardent divotee of lord Shiva. Mythology has it that Lord Shiva, being impressed by Ravana’s devoted penance, grants him a wish that enables Ravana to carry Lord Shiva’s Atmalinga, rendering him all-powerful. Fearing his dominance over the three lokas (Earth, Patala and Heavens), the Devata’s send in little Ganesha to the rescue.

Ravana, a devout bramhin, needed to perform Sandhyavandana in the evening and that’s when Little Ganesha shows up. The Nature of the Atmalinga is that it cannot touch the ground and without putting it down, Ravana could not perform the Sandhyavandana. So the appearance of Ganesha seems like a heaven sent for Ravana, who agrees to Ganeha’s condition that he would return within the third call by Ganesha, finishing up his Sandhyavandana quickly. As soon as Ravana hands Ganehsa the Atmalinga and heads to the near by sea (at Gokarna) to perform his Sandhyavandana, Ganesha calls out thrice for Ravana quickly and before Ravana returns, puts the Atmalinga on the ground which immediately fuses with the earth. The shocked Ravana tries to pull the Atmalinga applying all his might but it wont budge. Ramana being a Mahabala (all powerful) does not give up, and due to his immense force, the Atmalinga breaks in to many pieces that he threw around Gokarna forming Dhareshwara, Murdeshwara and Gunavante.

Ravana was very upset with Ganesha and hits him on his head, making Ganesha a midget – and the idol at the temple for Ganesha, at Idagunji, reflects this – a Kubja Ganapathi with a bump (depression) on his head.

The temples at Gokarna, Dhareshwara, Mudrdeshwara, Gunavanthe and Idagunji can be covered quickly in a single day but a more relaxed trip would be to cover them over two days, enjoying the sights nearby, the beaches and more.

We offer multiple packages with stay in Kumta, transportation, food and other arrangements for Groups between 6 and 15 People. Seasoned guides accompany all trips, stays are in interesting home stays and transportation in some of the best vehicles available in the area.The trips can be organised Ex Bangalore/Mangalore (by Bus/ Train/Private vehicles) or Talagoppa, the nearest train station on the Bangalore/ Sagar railway line, thats the quickest option.

Eco Tours

  • Beach Activities – Sun Rise/Set Gazing, Bodyboarding, Kite Flying, Beach Volleyball, RC Trucks Racing
  • RC Sailboating, RC Airplanes
  • Recreational Fishing
  • Camping – Public, Private sites
  • Bicycling – Half Day/ day long
  • Kayaking – Recreational/ Camping
  • Day Treks
  • Swatcha Sahyadri – Clean up treks
  • Day/ Half Day picnics to Eco Spots – Sun rise/ set view points, waterfalls, woodland, dams etc
  • Available for groups of 6 to 12

Photo Tours

  • Sun Rise/ Set – On the Beach/ From Sahyadri
  • Landscapes
  • Birds
  • GoPro/Action Videos, Drone Videos
  • Available for groups from 4 to 8

Bike Rides

  • 1 Day (From/to Kumta) (Multiple Routes – Varied by the season)
  • Multi Day (From/to Hubli/Mangalore/Talagoppa) (Multiple Routes – Varied by the season)
  • Available for Groups of 4 to 8 Riders/Pillion Combo
  • Overnight Stay at Interesting Home Stay’s (Camping options available)