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Yana Caves -
Yana caves is one of the finest creations of nature, located in Kumta in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, this cave is both alluring and mysterious. Pitch black in color, the cave is formed of karst limestone, well-known for its unique structure and pattern of formation. Located right in the middle of forests in Kumta, the marvellous rocks stand tall at a height of 390 ft. The contrast of the magnificent black caves against the lush green trees in the forest is an absolute delight.
The Sirsi Marikamba Temple is dedicated to the Goddess Durga aka Marikamba. Built in the year 1689, the main deity Goddess Durga is in an intensely powerful form. The eight-armed idol is about 7- feet tall and mounted on a tiger. The temple has extremely striking murals in Kaavi art, an art form native to the Konkan region of coastal Karnataka. This stunning art that is extinct now, involves the creation of patterns done in red color against a white background.
Located in the river bed of Shalmala which is about 17 km from Sirsi, near the village of Sonda. The bed of Shalmala River has huge rocks and have Shivalingas carved on them. Legend is that there are more than a thousand Linga’s hence the name Sahasralinga. Most of them even have the Nandi carved on them.
Jog Falls are in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. Four cascades, known as Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket merge to form the huge waterfall on the Sharavathi River. The falls are locally known as Geruoppe Falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi.
Known for its triumphant history and architectural elegance, Mirjan Fort located around 22 km from Gokarna, this 16-century fort boasts of cultural glory and distinguished history. The fort was constructed by Chennai Bhairavi Devi, the Queen of Geroppa. The fort is a renowned architectural marvel with high ceilings and bastions. It has four main entrances along with moats, secret passageways, and canals. The fort also has several watchtowers, offering a birds-eye view of the surrounding areas. Built over an area of 10 acres, it has witnessed several battles yet withstood the test of time.
located on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea. It is dedicated to Sri Lokankara. The main deity is Sri Mridesa Linga, also called Murdeshwar. The linga is believed to be a piece of the original Atma Linga and is about two feet below ground level. A huge towering statue of lord Shiva is present in the temple complex, it is the second tallest statue in the world. The statue is 123 feet (37 m) in height and is designed such that it gets the sunlight directly and thus appears sparkling. The temple also have a 20-storied Gopura and two life-size elephants in concrete stand guard at the steps leading to it.