About the trip
Banavasi, not a regular on most tourist maps, this little gem of a destination is an atypical spot, casting its spell on you with its ancient architecture and bucolic lifestyle. Banavasi has something for the historians, architecture buffs, and for those seeking something unique. A monthly pineapple fete is held on the first weekend of every month where a group of women cook up a veritable pineapple storm.Don’t forget to try the local “khanavalis”, or small local cafes that serve hot, delicious food with a dose of warmth, generosity and love.
Banavasi, the first capital of ancient Karnataka, has been immortalized in the poems of Chamarasa and Kalidasa and has been the object of desire of many ambitious rulers.
Banavasi revolves around the Madhukeshwara temple which was built in the 9th century by the Kadamba kings. The annual car festival, Mahashivaratri, Lakshadeepotsava and Navaratri are some of the main religious and traditional events celebrated according to the Hindu calendar at this temple
It’s an eco-tourism destination which is rustic and rural. While tourism has run rampant and largely uncontrolled in the Western Ghats in recent years, here we are trying to create a simple sustainable model that benefits the community while leaving minimal impact on environment. We try to provide tourists with a real cultural experience while enjoying nature. There is no TV in rooms as we encourage you to be in outdoors enjoying various activities like bird watching, Nature walk, Heritage walk etc. We depend on the Grid for Electricity and don’t have generators.
Typical program:Day 1:
Arrival by afternoon and immerse yourself in the traditional rural way of life
Post breakfast visit the famous Yana Caves which is famous for it two black crystalline limestone formations named as Bhairaveshwara peak and Mohini peak. It is a very scenic location located in the Sahyadri hills
Later visit Unchalli Falls. Unchalli Falls, which is also called Lushington Falls is a waterfall created by a 116 meter drop in Aghanashini River in the thickets of the Sahyadri hills of the Western Ghats.
Day 3 :
Spend the day in banavasi visiting Madhukeshwara temple, the Bird Sanctuary, pineapple farms and sunset at Gudnapura ruins
Night depart for Bangalore / Goa