Yana Hill Station

Yana is a quiet hill station among the evergreen forest of Sahyadri mountains. Yana is only 25 kilometers from Kumta, a small coastal town and 40 kilometers from Sirsi. The region offers spectacular scenic beauty; lofty mountains, splendid rock formations, trickling waterfalls and a holy temple. The hill station is often frequented by tourists who like to gaze at Bhariraveswara Shikhara that stands 120 meters high. Another beautiful peak is the Mohini Shikhara that is ninety meters from base. These looming peaks are spectacular structures that have attained dimensions roughened through weathering turning into a photographer's delight.

Planning your trip to Yana hill station can be exciting experience. You can take the Sirsi-Kumta road, through the Janmane ghat which is 15 km from Sirsi and the Devimane ghat that is 35 km. Below the Devimane ghat you will come across a mud path that will lead you to the Yana village which is about 14 kilometers from there. The road being not metallic it is best traveling in an appropriate vehicle as no buses ply there either.

The Yana temple which is a well-known pilgrim spot, is about 2 kms trek from the Yana village. Part of the reserved forests of Shimoga district, Yana temple can be reached through the dense evergreen forest. The temple is built below rocky cliffs that provide a beautiful view. The path leading to the village continues about 3 kms beyond the temple through the dense evergreen forest.

A cave that measures about 3 meters in the entrance has a Shiva Linga in it. Devotees in large numbers offer prayers here. Water trickles from the rocks above on the Shiva Linga which the devotees call Gangodbhava. A bronzed statue of 'Chandika' an incarnation of Goddess Durga is also found here. Trickling water from the rocks form a small river called 'Chandihole' that joins the Aghanashini River at Uppinapattana.

Yana hill station has its own rustic charm that appeals the tourists. Travelers in large numbers trek along the village path to view the spectacular rock formations.

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