Nestling a host of sacred pilgrimages and stunning beaches, Uttara Kannada is one of the most important tourism destinations in Karnataka. Karwar, the administrative headquarters of the district, has one of the most scenic beaches of Karnataka.
Going back to history, Uttara Kannada was part of the great Kannada
empires that held sway over vast regions of Karnataka. After being a
part of the Kadamba kingdom from 350 - 525CE, Uttara Kannada came under
the dominions of the Chalukya dynasty. Then a succession of dynasties
such as the Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagara Empire ruled
over this land. Uttara Kannada was the site of the Third Anglo-Maratha
War in 1818.
Tourism in Uttara Kannada has capitalized on the plethora of holy
shrines that abound this place. Banavasi and Murudeshwar are sacred
pilgrimages for Hindu devotees. The landscape is a visual delight with
plenty of green cover all around. The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is a
major tourist attraction for its rich flora and fauna. Uttara Kannada is
home to some of Karnataka's most picturesque beaches such as Devbagh,
Karwar and Murudeshwar. No wonder a large number of tourists travel to
Uttara Kannada in search of a perfect getaway.