June 20, 2024

12 Lesser Known Places to Visit in Uttara Kannada – Hidden Gems

Uttara Kannada, a district of Karnataka state, has a coastline of about 140 kilometers. Its varied geography, thick forest, perennial rivers, waterfalls and rich flora and fauna have become popular tourist attractions. Here we present the 12 lesser-known places in Uttara Kannada, the hidden gems to visit. 

The land of beautiful rivers, spectacular beaches, mesmerizing waterfalls, and a few temples, Uttara Kannada, is a must-visit place to explore. 

12 Lesser Known Places to Visit in Uttara Kannada – The Hidden Gems

1. Baithkol Vadrase Beach – One of the Lesser Explored Places to Visit in Uttara Kannada, Karwar 

Baithkol Vadrase Beach is a serene beach in the town of Karwar, located 5. 7 km away from the city center of Karwar. Unspoiled and uncluttered, the beach is best to visit to experience the sunrise and sunset views. Apart from this, it is a perfect place to spend your leisure time in Karwar. 

2. Sadashivgad Hill Fort 

One of the must-visit places in Karwar, Uttara Kannada. Sadashivgad Fort, the ancient hill fort of Sadashivgad. Situated 200 feet high on a hilltop in Karwar, the fort provides sweeping views of the Kali river bridge and sunset. 

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3. Ankola 

Ankola, a city in Uttara Kannada District in coastal Karnataka, is worth visiting for its beaches, cultural heritage, and beautiful nature. Some places worth visiting are – Vibhuti falls, Honey, and Nadibhag beach. Apart from these, you can visit Mahammaya and Aryadurga temples. 

4. Banavasi – One of the Must Visit Places in Uttara Kannada

Banavasi is a temple town located near Sirsi in Uttara Kannada. River Varada surrounds the city on three sides, adding charm and beauty. This town has a beautiful waterfall and fortress with numerous impressive temples.

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5. Kumta

One of the most serene places to visit in Uttara Kannada

The city of Kumta lies on the Arabian Sea, near the Western Ghats mountain range. Kumta is famous for its temples and beaches. It’s just 30 km away from Gokarna. A perfect combination of mesmerizing views of beaches, adventure, and a religious visit. 

6. Kavala Caves

Located in the Dandeli Sanctuary, The Kavala caves are a lesser-explored place. Water seeping through porous rocks has formed caves along the ridge overlooking the Kali River valley for millions of years. You can also find a giant stalagmite that looks like a Shiva Linga; this attracts a lot of devotees during Shivaratri.  

Kavala caves’ view of the river Kali is spectacular.


7. Supa Dam 

The Supa Dam is a dam located in the town of Dandeli in Joida Taluk. The dam was built across the Kali River. On your way to the dam, you can stop at a bridge across the Kali River for a view of the dam and see gushing water when the gates are open.

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8. Syntheri Rock – One of the Must Visit Places in Uttara Kannada 

Syntheri Rock stands in River Kaneri in Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, deep in the forest. It is a 300-foot monolithic granite structure, and rock formations are home to countless blue rock pigeons and countless hives of honeybees.

9. Drongo Nature Camp – The Unique Place to Visit in Uttara Kannada

If you are looking to rejuvenate amid a nature camp surrounded by the sounds of dense forest, birds chirping?? 

This is the camp you should head to, especially if you are interested in macro creatures. 

Drongo Nature Camp is located in the Western Ghats near Sirsi. The base is named after a bird, the drongo, and is home to many different kinds of birds. The camp is well-known among birdwatchers, researchers, and nature photographers.

10. Shivaganga Falls

Shivaganga is a waterfall in Karnataka located in a thick forest. It is one of the lesser famous waterfalls in the Uttara Kannada district and the best place to explore when visiting Sirsi.


11. Kodlamane Shree Vishnumurthy Temple

Kodlamane is a place of pilgrimage for Hindus. The Shree Vishnumurthy Temple is located in a forest on top of a hill. The temple is in the middle of dense forest, discovered centuries back by a holy man. The temple is magnificent and will take you to a world of devotion. 

12. Netrani Island 

 A Place to visit in Uttara Kannada for a Scuba Diving experience. 

One of the few popular Scuba diving destinations in Karnataka, Netrani is an island off the Murudeshwara coast. Island is also called Pigeon island. The island offers some of India’s best snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. The island with its corals and transparent waters makes it a trip to remember, a perfect adventure for friends and family.

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Happy exploring the most beautiful Uttara Kannada.

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