Yana is a remote village situated in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. Located in the Sahyadri mountain range of the Western Ghats, Yana is known for its unusual rock formations. The two unique rock outcrops known as the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and the Mohini Shikhara near the village are a tourist attraction. The huge rocks are composed of solid black, crystalline Karst limestone. They are part of the Sahyadri hill range in the Western Ghats in South India and give a conspicuous identity to Yana and the entire hill range. Bhairaveshwara Shikhara is 120 metres in height, while Mohini Shikhara, which is smaller, is 90 metres in height.
Yana is also well known as a pilgrimage centre because of the cave temple below the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara where a Swayambhu linga has been formed. Annual festivities are held here during the Shivaratri. A natural waterfall located at a distance of about 8 km known as Vibhuti Falls also attracts tourists. The natural creation of the Shiva linga in the cave is attributed by scientists to the geological phenomenon formed by the stalactites and stalagmites in limestone formations. The place is also considered a biodiversity hotspot of the Sahyadri hill range, and hence it has been suggested that the area be protected under the Biodiversity Preservation Act 2002.
How to reach :
The nearest town is Kumta,where you can find decent accomodation. The easiest way to reach yana is the newly laid road from Sirsi to Yana. You can also take the Janmane ghat or the Devimane Ghat which connects the Sirsi – Kumta road. The nearest Airport is at Hubli and rail facility is available from Kumta. The local communities, nature preservation groups, and government are taking adequate steps for development and making yana a National Natural heritage site.