Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka

Uttara Kannada is a district in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is located in the northwestern part of the state, and is bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west, Belgaum district to the north, Dharwad district to the east, and Shimoga district to the south. The district headquarters is Karwar.

Uttara Kannada is a popular tourist destination, known for its beautiful beaches, waterfalls, and forests.

Some of the popular tourist destinations in Uttara Kannada include:

  • Sathodi Falls: An ancient waterfall in the Western Ghats, formed by the convergence of several small streams, ultimately joining the Kali River.
  • Bhimakol: Bhimakol lake, situated amidst lush greenery, is a beautiful destination for nature lovers. The Bhimakol Dam adds to the charm of this place.
  • Magod Falls: A popular waterfall in Uttara Kannada district, Yellapur taluk. The Bedti River cascades down from a height of about 200 meters over a giant rock, forming Magod Falls.
  • Riverside Beach: Also known as Nadibhag Beach, this small river, Nadibhag, flows into the bay with roaring waves, creating a tranquil and picturesque setting.
  • Sharavati Backwater: A hidden gem offering a delightful experience to tourists. The place features a lush mangrove forest and is an excellent spot to witness beautiful sunsets.
  • Apsarakonda: The name Apsarakonda translates to “pool of deities,” and it is believed that divine deities used to bathe here. The site includes a lovely waterfall.
  • Vibhuti Falls: Located in Achave Gram Panchayat of Ankola Taluk, the waterfall gets its water from limestone rocks near Yana, giving it the name “Vibhuti Falls.”
  • Tilmati Beach: Named after its sand resembling black sesame, the beach’s Konkani name is derived from ’til’ meaning sesame and ‘matti’ meaning sand.
  • Yana: A famous tourist spot located in Kumta taluk amid a forest. It is situated in the Western Ghats of the Sahyadri hill range.
  • Mirjan Fort: Known for its impressive construction skills, the Mirjan Fort is built using locally available red stone (laterite).

The best time to visit :

Uttara Kannada is during the winter months, from November to February. However, the weather is pleasant throughout the year.

Here are some of the things you can do in Uttara Kannada:

  • Go swimming, sunbathing, or surfing at the beach.
  • Hike to the top of Jog Falls and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Go on a safari in the Kudremukh National Park or Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Visit the temples and historical sites in Karwar and other towns in the district.
  • Sample the local cuisine, which includes seafood, rice, and lentils.