Welcome to Yana, the hidden gem nestled in the Sahyadri Hills of North Karnataka! This quaint hill station is blessed with the kind of beauty that will cast a spell on you and hills that will appeal even to the direst of trekkers. And let’s not forget the mushroom-like huts and the laid-back lifestyle that give you a glimpse of life in the Western Ghats.
But that’s not all! Yana is also famous for its two giant natural limestone monoliths – Bhairaveshwara Peak and Mohini Peak – which attract pilgrims in thousands every year. According to Hindu mythology, these rocks are linked to an interesting tale of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and a demon named Bhasmasura. We won’t spoil it for you – go see for yourself and be awed!
If adventure is your thing, then a trek to the twin peaks is a must-do activity. It involves a very steep 3 km long trek which is at its worst slippery and it’s best breezy. And for the bird watchers out there, Yana is a great place to spot some unique species.
But wait, there’s more! Yana is also home to the Vibhuti Waterfalls, an immensely beautiful site in the middle of the Sahyadri Hills. And when in Sirsi, make sure to try out some great Kannad delicacies like bisi bele bhath, jolada rotti, vada sambar, and mamsaa saru.
Yana is the perfect getaway destination and can be combined with trips to Hubli and Goa. We suggest following this trail: Goa-Yana-Goa one day round trip & Hubli-Yana-Hubli. And remember, carry packed lunch, water bottles and do not litter as the place is a biodiversity zone.
So what are you waiting for? Hit the road and head to Yana via NH 17. The two easiest approach roads to Yana are from Kumta & Sirsi. Local state buses and private buses ply from Hubli, Sirsi, and Kumta till Yana. Trust us, you won’t regret it!