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The district of Uttar Kannada is also known as ‘North Canara’ and is one of the important districts of the state of Karnataka. It shares its borders with Goa and also with the Arabian sea. The Karwar city is its headquarter whereas Dandeli and Bhatkal are some of the major towns of the district. Uttara Kannada district has some significant role in history and people get to know and see a lot within the district. 

Yakshagana is a classical art form that features dance and drama and is quite popular in the state of Karnataka and also in the Uttar Kannada district. North West Karnataka Transport Corporation is the main transport agency within the district and outside in the surrounding cities and districts as well. The district is home to many ancient and naturally beautiful sites that are visited by people from across the country.   

History of Uttara Kannada 

The Kadamba Kingdom was prevalent in the Uttara Kannada region during the 3rd to 5th centuries. Kadamba rulers were defeated by the Chalukya kings and the region came under the rule of several kingdoms thereafter. Rashtrkutas, Hoysalas, and the Vijaynagar empire ruled the region after Chalukyas.    

After India’s independence, Uttara Kannada remained a part of Bombay state and it was later in the 1970s that the southern part of Bombay State got changed to Karnataka and it became a part of it. Later the district developed as a popular tourist destination for its serene waterfalls, exotic beaches, ancient temples, and festivals.    

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Places to visit in Uttara Kannada

Kurumgad Island

Kurumgad Island is one of the most brilliant sites to visit with your loved ones. This island is shaped in the form of a tortoise. Kurumgad is one of the five islands in this specific region. The other four islands are Devbagh, Sanyasi, Anjadip, and Oyster. However, it is interesting to know that now this island belongs to a coffee planter Suresh Mathias.

Majali Beach

If you want to relax and have a break from the monotonous daily routine then Majali Beach is the kind of tourist getaway that must be on your bucket list. The soothing sky and the breathtaking views of this place will help you discover yourself in amazing light and relax.

Anshi National Park

The Anshi National Park is situated in the Uttara Kannada District in Karnataka. Here, you will be finding Bengal Tigers, Black Panthers along with Indian Elephants. So, if you are a travel buff, a wildlife enthusiast or a passionate photographer then you should be definitely traveling to this place.

Things to do in Uttara Kannada

Capture Dudhsagar Falls in your Camera 

Located on the Mandovi river the Dudhsagar Falls is a four-tiered waterfall which is located on the Mandovi river in Goa. It is around 60 km from Panaji by road. One can reach there from Uttara Kannada in a taxi or a bus. Read More

Visit Half Moon Beach

Half Moon Beach is again an interesting travel destination to visit with your friends and family.  However, it needs to be communicated that there is no road connectivity to this place so the people would generally have to visit this place by trekking or either through motorboats.  

Explore the Yana Caves

The Yana Caves are the kind of mysterious places that you could never ever imagine visiting in your life. Strolling through this beautiful and intriguing place you would realize that how everything is so mesmerizing here and worth harbouring in your memories. Read More

Events and festivals in & around Uttara Kannada

Kambala Festival

This festival is specifically held in the coastal regions of Karnataka. Moreover, it is also quite interesting to know that this festival was a pastime activity for the royal family who ruled the area in ancient times. Furthermore, there are just too many beliefs regarding the origin of this festival one among them being is that the festival was initiated by the Hoysala Kings. Read More

Bahubali Mahamastakabhisheka Mahotsav

This festival is the anointing ceremony of the Lord Bahubali and has been celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm in the Uttara Kannada district. This 10-day long festival is known to be the largest consecration performed.

Food of Uttara Kannada 

Food is another major attraction for the tourists who arrive in Uttara Kannada. Some of the popular lip-smacking dishes of this region that one must try are Neer Dosa, Korri Gassi (chicken curry), Kundapura Koli Saaru (chicken), Haalbai (Sweet), and Kane Rava Fry (fish).   

Best time to visit Uttara Kannada

The best time to visit Uttara Kannada is between April and June. The overall temperature during this time is perfect to explore the top attractions that are located in the district.

How to reach Uttara Kannada

By Air. There are no airports in Uttara Kannada hence you can get a flight to the Dabolim Airport in Goa. From the Goa airport, one is required to travel another 170 km via taxi or a bus to reach Uttara Kannada. Flights from all parts of the country arrive here at the Dabolim airport, hence one must consider traveling by air for a faster and convenient journey.    

By Road. Tourists arriving from different states may take an inter-state tourist bus or may also drive their personal vehicle to Uttara Kannada. In either case, one is required to cover an approximate distance of 1900, 640, 2000 and 460km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively to reach Uttara Kannada.   

By Train. Uttara Kannada is quite well connected by train routes with other major cities. So, traveling by trains should not be an issue. The Gokarna Road Railway Station is the nearest station to reach Uttara Kannada. From the station, one can take a taxi or a bus to travel an additional 55km to reach Uttara Kannada.  

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