Yana Caves

Yana is two awesome peaks of black crystalline limestone peaks jutting into the sky towering above the dense forest cover in the western ghats of Uttar Kannada. One peak stands 400 feet tall and is called Bhairaveshwari Shikhara while the other stands at 300 feet and is called the Mohini Shikhara. Distance from Sirsi to Yana Caves is 55.5 km and takes around 1 h 39 min via Kumta-Sirsi Road.

Yana is situated in the lush evergreen forests of the Sahyadri Range of Mountains. It is 25 km from Kumta or can also be approached from Sirsi, which is about 40 km. Sirsi is around 400 Km from Bangalore . From Bangalore you come to Sirsi though Haveri where the major distance of the drive would be on NH4 else from Shimoga route, which is the Bangalore - Honnavar highway. The road ends 3 km from Yana.

There is well-defined path to Yana used by devotees and trekkers. After walking for 3 km all of a sudden appear two gigantic peaks towering around all the forests and mountains The Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and the Mohini Shikhara. At the base of the Bhairaveshwara shikhara is a cave temple a natural formation where resides the Lord Shiva. Water drips from the projecting rocks over the linga, and devotees call it Gangodbhava. The cave also has a bronze icon of Chandika, an incarnation of mother Goddess Durga. Trickled from the rocks form a small river, 'Chandihole' which joins the Aghanashini river at Uppinapattana. There is a grand jatra held every year during Shivaratri for 10 days and is attended by around 10,000 people. Devotees are allowed inside the cave only on these days. These peaks have a myth associated with them as to be the place where Lord Vishnu as Mohini killed the Bhasmasura.

Torrential rains in the Western Ghats have eroded these rocks, forming natural caves in their walls. And some of this erosion has led to the formation of eerie looking faces and structures on them.

On the way to Yana a 2 Km trek on a jungle trail takes you to Vibhuti falls which is a beautiful waterfall about 30 Ft high and has a natural pool too.

Lord Bhairaveshwara Temple
The Cave Temple is situated inside the Yana Caves and has an idol of Lord Bhairaveshwara, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple also has a Swayambhu Linga and a bronze idol of Chandika Devi. Many tourists visit the temple during the Mahashivaratri and the Car Festival.