Adventure / Trekking | Nature
At a distance of 103 km from Jog Falls, 55 km from Sirsi, 30 km from Kumta, 86 km from Karwar and 24 km from Benne Hole Falls, Yana is a village in Uttar Kannada district in Karnataka. It is well known for the unique rock formations in the Western Ghats.
Yana is famous for two massive rock formations known as the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and the Mohini Shikhara. The huge rocks are composed of solid black, crystalline Karst limestone. Bhairaveshwara Shikhara is 120 m (390 feet) in height, while the Mohini Shikhara, which is smaller, is 90 m (300 feet) in height. A cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is found at the base of the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara. Water drips from the projecting rocks over the Shiva lingam, and people call this water as Gangodbhava. The idol of Goddess Parvathi is found at the base of the Mohini Shikhara.
According to mythology, once the demon king Bhasmasura performed penance to acquire a boon from Lord Shiva. As per the boon, whatever he touched burnt into ashes. Bhasmasura chased Lord Shiva in order to destroy him, who found refuge in the Bhairaveshwara peak at Yana. It is also believed that the other peak called Mohini is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who took the form of Mohini and saved Lord Shiva's life.
These unique rock formations have made Yana a popular destination for pilgrims, trekkers and nature lovers. There is a small waterfall nearby. Shivaratri is the major annual festival held in 10 days with great pomp and fervor at Yana.
There are two different routes to Yana from Sirsi. One route goes via Hegdekatta & Devanahalli and the rocks are 6 km trek from here. The other route is via Sirsi - Kumta road (near Kothagal). One needs to trek for 45 minutes to reach the rock formations from entrance point in this route. The track is little inclined and the trek is little tough. There are well laid steps to roam around the rock formations. Private Jeeps are the best mode of transportation to the reach the entrance.
The best time to visit Yana is during the months of September and October, though the weather is pleasant throughout the year.