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Friday, March 27, 2015

Banavasi Rathotsava - 2015

Banavasi Sri Madhukeshwara Devara Maha-Rathotsava-2015:

Banavasi is an ancient temple town in Uttara Kannada District bordering Shivamogga districtin the south Indian state of Karnataka. It comes under Sirsi Taluk . Banavasi was one of the capital of the Kadamba Kings who established the first Kannada Empire in c.e 345AD.Lord Madhukeshwara Temple is major attraction of Banavasi.

Rathotsava is the biggest festival of Banavasi celebrated in the month of April every year. In Banavasi total four chariots are there.
1.            Hagalotsava Ratha (Small Chariot)
2.            Tiruguni Ratha (Paatala Chariot)
3.            Hoovina Ratha (Flower Chariot)
4.            Sri Manmahasyandana Ratha (Big Chariot/Dodda Teru)
"Sri Manmahasyandana Ratha (Big Chariot)" is the main attraction of Banavasi Rathotsava. It is also called as " Dodda Teru". It is one of the biggest Ratha (in height) in Karnataka which was donated by the King of Sonda Sri Ramachandra Nayak in the year1608. This chariot has got the height of 75 feet & weight of about 150 tons. This chariot is one of the oldest chariot in Karnataka (407 Years).
Banavasi Rathotsava -2015 commence from 27th March-2015 and ends on 1st April-2015.

"Sutthona Banni Team Karnataka" heartily welcomes to all for "Banavasi Rathotsava-2015".

Banavasi Rathotsava-2015, Events Details:

27-3-2015 to 30-3-2015 Hagalotsava Ratha & Tiruguni Ratha
31-3-2015 Hoovina RathaHagalotsava Ratha & Tiruguni Ratha
1-4-2015 - Sri Manmahasyandana Ratha (Big Chariot/Dodda Teru)

For more details about History of Banavasi & Tourist places near to Banavasi click on following links.

Photos & Information: Shriharsha B S - Sutthona Banni Team Karnataka

Monday, January 26, 2015

Waatehalla Falls - Uttara Kannada District

Waatwhalla (Vaatehole Falls) is located approximately 30km from Sirsi town of Uttara Kannada District. A tributary to the Aghanashini river makes this wonder full water falls which is falling from a height of around 120 feet.

"Waate" is the local name of river side bamboo which can be found in plenty here. And "Halla" (in Kannada)  means medium size river. So this falls is called as "Waatehalla Falls".

This falls is located near to one more famous falls -"Unchalli Falls" and sunset point "Bheemana Gudda". 

Route Map:

Public Transport: Take a bus from Sirsi which goes to Heggarani, get down a place by Nilkunda. From here it is 3km walk to the valley, where one has to climb down to reach the waatehalla falls.
Private Transport:  Sirsi --> Ammenalli Cross --> Take left deviation which moves towards Unchalli falls --> Take right deviation near Nilkunda .

Food & Accommodation: 

Near by falls you will not get any thing to eat. So you have to carry food. Nearest food point is Ammenalli (Tea Point) and Sirsi town. For accommodation you have to stay in Sirsi. 

 Photo Gallery:

Waate Plant (River side Bamboo) 

Photos & Information: Shyamsundar Hegde & Gajanan Bhat -Magegar

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Mukti Hole Falls - Uttara Kannada District

Mukti Hole (ಮುಕ್ತಿ ಹೊಳೆ) Waterfalls is located in dark and dense green forest of western ghats, which is near to Siddapur town (approx: 31 km from Siddapur) of Uttara Kannada District. Sub-river of Aghanashini river is creating this beautiful waterfalls. This place is unknown to lot of people due to lack of publicity and impassable road connectivity. Journey to this falls is very difficult because you have to trek in dense forest around 4 km in a steep way.
Route Map:

Route1: From Siddapur
  •  From Siddapur town, go in Siddapur-Bilagi- Doddamane-Kumta state highway. Around 15 km you will get Bilagi village.
  •  After Bilagi village (approx: 12 km from Bilagi) left side you will get “Kodigadde” cross. Then take a left deviation and reach to Kodigadde village.
  • In Kodigadde village you have to ask with local people about route for Mukti Hole falls.  
  • With the guidance of local people only you can reach to the falls otherwise you will miss the route.
  •  From Kodigadde village you have to trek around 3-4 km in a dense forest. The way to reach the falls is too difficult.    
 Route2: From Honnvar
  • Honnavar --> Hadinabala --> Gundabala --> Kadehalla --> Hirebailu --> Mukti Hole.    
  • But this route is difficult to trek.
Best Time to Visit: From October to January.

   Food Facility: Nearby falls you will not get any food facility. So you have to carry enough food from Siddapur itself.
    Warning: Beware of Leaches and snakes.
    Request: Please don’t throw the food materials, plastics, bottles in the forest area and nearby falls. Keep this place clean and calm and join the hands for “Swacch Bharath Abhiyaan”. Don’t spoil the natural beauty. 

Photo Gallery: 

Photos & Information Courtesy: Gajanan Bhat – Magegar

Friday, September 26, 2014

Candolim Beach - GOA State

Candolim is a census town in North Goa in the state of Goa, India. It is situated just south of the famous Calangute beach, and is a popular tourist destination.

Candolim Beach
Fifteen kilometers from Panjim, the Goan capital, is Candolim beach in north Goa. Beginning at Fort Aguada and merging with Calangute beach towards the end, it is one of the longest beaches in the state and is located in the Bardez taluka. The beach in itself is very calm and peaceful, at times tourists come here from Rajneesh Ashram in Pune to take a break. What adds to the scenic beauty of the sand and sea are the scrub covered dunes at the back of the beach quite popular with tourists.

The main road that is the Candolim Calangute road is packed with shops and restaurants, but the beach front is rather free of any commercial activity apart from some water activities. Though the beach is close to bustling Calangute beach, life is rather laid back at Candolim. Even the village isn't very clustered, its quite spread out so there isn't any centre to it as such. The area around the beach can be termed as resort free as there aren't any resorts there. However, the beach has quite a number of inns at reasonable prices with good facilities.

Another interesting feature about the Candolim beach is the ship River Princess, which has been stuck at the shores of the beach since 2000.

Aguada Fort

The fort was built by the Portuguese way back in 1612 for defense against the Dutch and the Maratha invaders. Along with the fort the church, lighthouse and the barracks of the Aguada Jail have become tourist attractions.

Photo Gallery: 

 Photos: Sutthona Banni Team Karnataka ( Shriharsha, Chethan, Uttesh, Sudeep, Satish, Mallesh, Shrinivas)
Information Courtesy: Wikipedia

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Uttara Kannada - District of Water Falls

Uttara Kannada , 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. This is also known as “ District of Water falls”. It is heaven for tourists. This district has Coastal areas, Malenadu and Bayaluseeme.

Uttara Kannada District which is not much spoiled yet by commercialization. The District retains its natural beauty to a great extent. The district is having many spots of natural beauty spots in the form of rivers, waterfalls, mountains and beaches.

The Uttara Kannada district is at the North West end of Karnataka State having its share of the natural wonders. Let us have a look at some of the waterfalls, which are not yet known widely by people, of Uttara Kannada District of the Karnataka State in India. The Uttara Kannada district has its share of the nature's bounty in the form of pristine forests, mountains, beaches, rivers and waterfalls. This district may perhaps have the largest number of waterfalls comparing to other districts. Some of the waterfalls are well known and extensively visited by the tourists. There are also many which are not in the beaten track of the usual tourists haunts. Some of them are very tough to approach and requires the stamina and patience.

In Monsoon season visit to water falls of Uttara Kannada and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Note: Don't throw the plastics, bottles, waste materials in the forest and tourist places. Keep the environment clean and calm. Don't spoil the beauty of nature.

List of Water Falls in Uttara Kannada District:
  1. Apsarakonda Falls
  2. Arabile Falls
  3. Benne-Hole Falls
  4. Burude Falls
  5. Devakara (Vajramala) Falls
  6. Hasehalla (Matthi-Ghatta) Falls
  7. Jog Falls (Uttara Kannada-Shivamogga District)
  8. Kumbaal Falls
  9. Lalguli Falls
  10. Magod Falls
  11. Majjige-Hole Falls
  12. Muregar Falls
  13. Negar Falls
  14. Sathoddi Falls
  15. Shirley Falls
  16. Shivaganga Falls
  17. Tumbragodu Falls (Rainy Season only)
  18. Unchalli Falls
  19. Vibhoothi Falls
  20. Watehalla Falls
Photo Gallery:
Apsarakonda Falls
 Arabile Falls
 Benne-Hole Falls
 Burude Falls
 Devakara (Vajramala) Falls
 Hasehalla (Matthi-Ghatta) Falls
 Jog Falls
 Kumbaal Falls
 Lalguli Falls
 Magod Falls
 Majjige-Hole Falls
 Muregar Falls
 Sathoddi Falls
 Shirley Falls
 Shivaganga Falls
 Tumbragodu Falls
 Unchalli Falls
 Vibhoothi Falls
Photos & Information: Wikipedia, Prajavani News Paper, Uttara Kannada district panchayat website, Sutthona Banni Team members

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