Nature’s bounty in U-K district

Dense forests, many rivers, a rich legacy of art and culture. That’s Uttara Kannada district. It is one of the biggest districts of the state, and comprises 11 taluks including Karwar, Ankola, Kumta, Honnavar, Bhatkal, Sirsi, Siddapur, Yellapur, Mundgod, Haliyal and Joida.

The district is also famous for its hydroelectric power projects such as Supa dam, Kadra dam, Kodasalli and Gerusoppa dam. Then there is the wellknown Kaiga power plant.

The district is known for its temples including the Madhukeshwar temple at Banavasi, Ulavi Channabasaveshwar temple at Ulavi, Siddivinayaka temple at Idagunji, Mahabaleshwar temple at Gokarna, and the Mathobara temple at Murdeshwar, which is a wellknown holiday spot. In terms of the legacy of art and culture, the famous ones are Hulivesha, Siddi dance and Yakshagana.

The district is also well-known for its tribes such as the Sidhis, who are said to have descended from Africa as slaves some four hundred years ago. 

The Halakki Vokkaligas who live in the foothills of the Western Ghats are known as the aborigines of Uttara Kannada.

In terms of development projects, what needs special mention is the Project Seabird at Karwar. It is the Indian Navy’s project of construction of a naval base.