Sirsi ( Karnataka , South India)


Sirsi is a prominent tourist destination of Uttar Kannada region of Karnataka. It has twin reasons for being a South Indian tourist place- historical monuments and extremely enchanting natural beauty. Sirsi is about 90 kms away from Karwar. A historical place of the times of Sonda kings, it has become famous for the Marikamba temple which is visited by devotees from Tamil Nadu and Kerala apart from Karnataka. The annual festival of this deity attracts lacks of devotees and visitors to this place.

There are a few waterfalls situated amidst natural surroundings. Magod falls near Yellapur is a close rival to Jog Falls. The Bedthi river plunges down 180 metres here into a rocky valley. It commands a panoramic view. Near Siddapur is the Unchelli waterfall, popularly called Lushington Falls. The water flow makes a great roar and deafening sound and is locally called as Kappa Jog. Here river Aghanashini cascades down the rocks 200 metres below. Another waterfall near Yellapur, known as Lalguli waterfall, is also worth a visit. Here, the Kali river plunges over rocks in different points into the valley 70 metres below.

Sonda: 18 kms away from Sirsi is Swadi, popularly called as Sonda where the historical remains of the Rajas of Sonda can be seen. The river Shamala serves as a natural moat to this area. During the reign of Arasappa Nayaka, a number of religious Mutts came into being. One such famous Mutt is the Vadiraja Mutt propagating Dwaita philosophy. The temple of Trivikrama is an ancient monument at this place which has a Dhwajastambha (flag post) of solid monolinth rock 21 metres high.

Banavasi: 24 kms from Sirsi, Banvasi is a historical place. Banvasi, the ancient capital of Kadamba dynasty, was once visited by poet Kalidasa and the missionaries of King Ashoka. Banavasi is known for the laterite fort and temple of Madhukeshwara. The monolithic Asthana Mandapa and Triloka Mandapa are shining examples of Sonda art. A fine museum near the temple has excellent pieces of sculpture of the region.

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