Banavasi, also named as Konkanapura is an old temple town, situated in the district of Uttara Kannada that borders the Shivamogga district of Karnataka .It is said that the Chinese traveler-monk Huein Tsang had traveled to Konkanapura (called Konkanapulo in Chinese scripts) during his stay in the country. He had visited Banavasi somewhere in the period 630-644 C.E. One of the most ancient towns in Karnataka state, Banavasi has developed around the Madhukeshwara Temple and dates back to the 9th century.
Madhukeshwara Temple is presided by Lord Shiva--the supreme deity of Shaivism ( an important branch of Hinduism). Surrounded by forest areas and villages, Banavasi has the Varada river touching its soils on three sides. This beautiful sightseeing destination is located 374 km away from Bangaluru and boasts of its nearest railway stations at Haveri and Talaguppa, located 70 km away. The nearest town is Sirsi, which is about 23 km away. The region is famous for its abundant produce of sugarcane, arecanut, rice, spices and pineapples.
|Good For||History Buffs Experience Seekers |
|Entry Fee||No entry fee. |
|Visit Duration||4 to 5 hours |