Banavasi Ratings & Reviews

Abhilash Deshmuk

Abhilash Deshmukratingratingratingratingrating5.0/5

1 reviewPosted September 2014


Divinity whispers softly in the rain forests of Western Ghats in south India as the temple town of Banavasi goes about its daily business. The echo of the temple bells travels far and wide epitomizing the sacredness of this land. Encircling the holy precincts, the Varadha river flows by… Banavasi is one of the oldest towns in the Karnataka state; it is recognized as the first capital of ancient Karnataka ruled by the Kadamba dynasty.

Mukesh Kumar

Mukesh Kumarratingratingratingratingratingrating3.6/5

1 reviewPosted September 2014

A must visit spiritual place

Its really good to be there at Varanasi, its holy place where we find peace of mind, we have stayed over for 4 nights and finds its awesome place. Bank of Ganga with traditional value. I will suggest everybody to visit this place once in life to be more spiritual to god and peace of mindwe have stayed over for 4 nights and finds its awesome place. I will suggest everybody to visit this place once in life to be more spiritual to god and peace of mind.

Shilpz S

Shilpz Sratingratingratingratingratingrating3.6/5

51 reviewsPosted August 2014

A place of many falls and tourist attraction

There were 2 reasons what took me to Banavasi quite impulsively on my backpacking short trip . One was that I enjoy the monsoons in the western ghats . Especially the Malnad region of Jog falls, just roars with the rains . Secondly being an architect, I thought I would take a peek at the long forgotten temples of 4th Century architecture Though I did a reverse turn from Karwar for Banavasi ideal way would be to reach Sirsi from Hubli by Bus. Sirsi is the closest busy place from Banavasi. You get buses every half hour from Sirsi for Banavasi. - 26/-. Ride through monsoon season should be fun Banavasi is no tourist haven . Its a rural area . With innocently beautiful places . Totally unclassified lost in the daily mundane ways of village life. The stay can be tricky . There is just one Tourist guest house . Which has been primarily built for encouraging rural tourism in association with the UNDP. It has 15 rooms, a friendly caretaker and a very friendly manager ., which also serves as a guide for your trips. ( 150/- for half day guidance) Having a vehicle at disposal is a must, since the public transports are meagre . You can hire rickshaw ( about 700/- half day ). Or you can ask the manager to fix various trails for you . Temple trail/ waterfall trails/ rural craft trails and such. ( 1500/- per trail The rooms at the guest house are basic clean, no TV, and they serve hot food from a nearby khanavali. ( 1300/- per person per day inclu of food) There are a number of places to see, if you have a vehicle at hand, you can do all in a radious of about 60km in 2-3 days. For the historian the amazing temples of Siralkoppa can be a wonderful excursion . The Kedareshwar temple is a gem !. You can even see the archeaological dept doing their work of restoration for few temples. The temples belong to the Kadamba and the chola dynasties. What is interesting to see is there is a live deity in most temples, intact unlike the temples in Hampi/. Badami. Each temple has a huge Nandi equally elaborately crafted. Simply amazing. GUdavi bird sancutary is another place you might wanna go to click the hordes of birds nesting there. JOg falls / Lushington falls and many other smaller falls can be a delight if you are visiting in the monsoons. Lastly do take a pit stop at the local artisans homes to see some amazing works of arts. If you are looking for an Off beat road . This one sure serves you right.

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Akshatraj Adig

Akshatraj Adigratingratingratingratingratingrating4.6/5

35 reviewsPosted December 2013

Great example of Kadamba Architecture

Banavaasi, Real name 'Vaijayantha' Capital city of Kadamba Dynesti. One of the best place ever to visit in 'Malenaadu'. Now it's just a small town of Sirsi taluq but It was one of oldest cities in Karnaataka. We went there in early December on the way to Banavaasi we visit even Gudnaapura famous for lake and Raanivaasa of Kadamba's there you can find one of the best stone culture. In Banavaasi first we went to famous Madhukeswara temple which is really wonder of sculpture. Design on pillars of temple, ardha Ganapathi and mainly Nandhi which is looking at lord madhukeswara from one eye and looking Parvathi Devi using other eye are the real wonders of architect . After temple we went to Varada theera to take a holy Bath, where we got a lovely scenery of River Varada. We also visited to Pampa vana which is near to temple Where ancient Kannada poet Pampa write his poetic wonders. And if you planning to visit Jog Falls. It is also nearest place to visit . . Advice to Travelers: there is no good restaurants nearby to take food. If you have good communication In Kannda (Local Language) you can get good comfort and feel natural hospitality of local people.

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Be Kiran

Be Kiranratingratingratingratingratingrating4.3/5

5 reviewsPosted July 2013

Rural, wildlife, cultural destination

Banavasi is one of the oldest towns in the karnataka state; it is recognized as the first capital of ancient karnataka ruled by the kadamba dynasty . Its close to jog falls, bird santuary etc

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Temple, Craftsmen, Varda River

Activities & things to do: Swim, Walks, Nature tour, Cuisine tour

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Train from Bangalore to Haveri

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Sandeep H.

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3 reviewsPosted January 2013


Very good weather. not yet commercialized..

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Though nothing much for shopping. food is good.

Activities & things to do: Need to be fit as need to walk little to have mesmerizing views of various falls and rocks.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Excellent...

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