Uttara Kannada



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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 a 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.   

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.

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.    

Major Attractions in and Around Uttara Kannada

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Dudhsagar Falls

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. 

5. 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.  

6. Yana Rocks

The Yana Rocks 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 harboring in your memories.

How to Reach Uttara Kannada

Uttara Kannada lies in the Karnataka state of India while Goa borders the district. The distance of this spot from Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai is 426 km, 2036 km, 638 km, and 805 km respectively. If you have an urge to make your footfall there, then check the following transportation ways.

By Air

Uttara Kannada has Dabolim Airport of Goa as its nearest airport and you merely need to travel for 4 hours from there to reach the city. Secondly, you can also make your flight land at Bajpe Airport of Mangalore that is 290 km away from there. The choice is yours. 

  • From Prayagraj - Board IndiGo, Go Air, AirAsia flights from Prayagraj Airport. The airfares start from INR 5,000-6,000
  • From Lucknow - Board IndiGo, GoAir, AirIndia flights from Lucknow Airport. The airfares start from INR 5,000-6,000
  • From Coimbatore - Board IndiGo, GoAir, Spicejet flights from Coimbatore Airport. The airfares start from INR 5,000-6,000 

By Train

The Konkan Railway Line (Bhatkal Railway Station) connects the Uttara Kannada with other Indian states and cities. From the station, you will need to continue your journey and travel a distance of about 150-200 km further by some means of public transportation to reach here.

By Road

Uttara Kannada is 64 Km away from Hangal, 204 Km from Goa 94 Km from Haveri, 230 Km from Udupi, 138 Km from Karwar, 317 Km from Hassan, 165 Km from Shimoga, 226 Km from Kadur, 295 Km from Mangalore, and 426 km from Bangalore over and done with Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and a few private travel services.

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here.



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