About Uttra Kannada

Uttara Kannada was the home of the Kadamba kingdom from the 350 - 525CE. They ruled from Banavasi. After the subjugation of the Kadambas by the Chalukyas, Uttara Kannada district came under successive rule of empires like Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas and Vijayanagar empire.The district came under the rule of Maratha empire from around 1700 CE. to 1800 CE. It was ceded to the British at the conclusion of the Third Anglo-Maratha War in 1818. The British established North Kanara district as a part of the Bombay Presidency. After India's independence in 1947, Bombay Presidency was reconstituted as Bombay state. In 1956 the southern portion of Bombay state was added to Mysore state, which was renamed Karnataka in 1972.

General Profile

Number of Gram Panchayat                                    163

Number of Taluk Panchayat                                    123

Number of Zilla Panchayat Constituencies                   35

Number of Revenue Villages                                   207

Number of Towns (CMC 6, TMC 4, TPC 1)                 11

Rivers : Kali,Gangavali,Aghanashini,Sharavati,Venkatapur,Varada and Bedti flow in the district. Language :The languages of the district are Kannada, Konkani, Marathi, Tulu and Urdu.Religion ,Castes & tribes : The population is predominantly Hindu comprising of many communities called as Bhandaris, Gramavokkaliga, Havyaka, Konkan Maratha, Goud Saraswat Brahmins, Daivajna Brahmins, Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmins, Vokkaligas, Sherugars, Namadhari naik, Nadavara and Vaishya (Vanis). Muslims in the district are mainly of Nawayath descent. They live mostly in taluks of Bhatkal and Honnavar and speak Nawayathi. The Konkani speaking people include Christians also.The main tribes of the district are Sidhi, Kunabi, Halakki Vokkaliga, Gonda and Gouli.

Tourism

Om Beach,Murdeshwar,Idagunji,Marikamba Temple,Banavasi,Sonda,Jenukallu Gudda,Yana and Satodi Falls
Om Beach named because of its shape, is 11 kms from Gokarn. Murdeshwar 16 Kms from Bhatkal to the north on Honnavar-Bhatkal NH 17. The famous Mahtobara Temple can today boast of the tallest Shiva statue in the world. Idagunji 15 Kms from Honnavar and around 23 kms from Murudeshwar is the ancient Idagunji Ganapati Temple. Marikamba Temple. This is one of the most popular places of religious significance. The present statue of ‘Devi’ was installed in 1669. The temple itself is more than 300 years old. Banavasi24 kms from Sirsi, Banavasi is a historical village. Madhukeswar Temple and Madhumathi (Parvati) Temple are summit of Kadamba art. The tall Nandis of the temple are famous.Sonda 20 Kms from Sirsi towards yellapur is Sonda village which was the capital of Sondhe Kings.Jenukallu Gudda Situated at a distance of 20 kms from Yellapur, it offers break taking view of valley covered with virgin forests and majestically flowing River Bedti. The view point is atop a sheer cliff of 450 mtrs high. Yana28 Kms from Kumta and 65 Km from Sirsi,is a nature’s wonder.Satodi Falls 30 Kms from Yellapur, at village Kattige, rivulet Dabbisal jumps in two stages from a height of 32 meters forming a beautiful brad water fall.

Art And Culture

The district's high rainfall supports lush forests, which cover approximately 70% of the district. Anshi National Park near Dandeli, preserves approximately 250 km² of semi-evergreen forest, which is home to the tiger, black panther, leopard cat, gaur, Asian Elephant, sambar and a range of birds and reptiles. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary protects 834 km² of semi-evergreen and bamboo forest in the watershed of the Kali river. Attiveri bird sanctuary is home to 79 species of birds including migratory birds from 22 countries.There are many dams in this district namely Supa Dam,Kodasalli Dam and Kadra Dam. The famous Atomic energy station at Kaiga is on the beautiful banks of river Kal .

Uttara Kannada in Karnata

Uttra Kannada
Subdistricts
Ankola, Bhatkal, Haliyal, Honnavar, Joida, Karwar, Kumta, Mundgod, Siddapur, Sirsi, Yellapur
Headquarters
Karwar
Population
1,353,644(2001)
Density
132 /km2 (342 /sq mi)
Time zone
IST (UTC+5:30)
Area
10,250 km2 (3,958 sq mi)
Code
Pincode 581xxx Vehicle KA-30, KA-47, KA-31 Telephone ++ 91 (0) 8386
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