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List of Important Places in District

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OmBeach Om Beach, Kumta : Named because of its shape, is 11 kms from Gokarn. Foreign tourists because of its seclusion and the privacy it offers regularly throng it. Adjacent to this beach are Half Moon beach and Paradise beach. Kudle beach is an other beach nearby which is popular with foreigners.
Marikamba Marikamba Temple, Sirsi : here 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. The Devi is worshipped as Amba the mother.
Murdeshwar Murudeshwar, Bhatkal : 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. The statue has special reflecting eyes, which makes statue alive. The temple on the beach itself attracts a large number of tourists because of the sea shore ambience
KavlaCave Kavala Caves :  Or Siddan cave is situated at a distance of 27 Kms from Supa(Joida) and 3200 feet above the sea level. About 150 feet inside the cave a Shiva Linga is present. A small stream of water falls on the Shiva Linga, which gives the feeling that an abhishekha is performed to Lord Shiva. Shivarathri day is when devotees come in thousands.
KawarBeach Karwar Beach : Karwar, is a good place to enjoy the thrills of sun, sea and sand & thus becomes an ideal place to relax. Karwar has sacred pilgrim centers, historical towns and some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Its beauty is said to have inspired the great Indian poet and Nobel Prize Winner, Rabindranath Tagore to pen his first play.
Mundgod Mini Tibetan, Mundgod : Mundgod is the repository of Tibetan life and culture. It showcases the life style and ambitions of the Tibetan refugees and reflects the gradual transformation of a traditional society into modernity. It has rightfully earned the name Mini Tibet.
ApsaraKonda Apsara Konda : 8 Kms from Honnavar, near the confluence of the Sharavathi river and the Sea, there a small water fall and a pool on a hillock, called Apsara Konda. Legend says that the Apsaras (Heavenly fairies) used to come here to bathe and relax. The place truly exudes heavenly beauty. There is Devi temple and a branch of Ramachandra mutt.
Unchalli Unchalli Water Falls : 28Km from Siddapur Near Gollimakki (Another route is via trek from Illimane Falls to Unchalli Falls of distance about 5Km) .The rivulet that originates at Shankarathirtha in Sirsi and Manjaguni rivulet join together to form the Aghanashini river. Near Unchalli this river jumps from a height of 116 meters creating a beautiful water fall.
Sharavati Sharavathi : Sharavathi is one of the major rivers in Mid Western Ghats. It originates at Ambuteertha in Shimoga district (Karnataka) and flows to west to join Arabian Sea at Honnavar.The catchment area spreads over 2 districts namely Shimoga and Uttara Kannada. There are two major dams Linganamakki, and Gersoppa constructed across this river.
Banavasi Banavasi : Is an ancient temple town in Uttara Kannada District bordering Shivamogga district .Madhukeshwara Temple built in the 9th century and dedicated to Lord Shiva the supreme God in Shaivism, a major branch of Hinduism.
Chaturmukha Chaturmukha Basadi : Is a famous Jain temple, situated on a rocky hill in Udupi District .It is built in the form of a square mandapa or hall, with a lofty doorway and pillared portico on each of its four sides. Since four identical doorways in four directions lead to the Garbhagriha, it is called Chaturmukha Basadi.
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