The unusual rock formations of Yana attract pilgrims, nature lovers as well as trekkers. The rocks are the highlight of this little village located in the Sahaydhari mountain ranges of the Western Ghats. The village is in the Uttara Kannada district and Kumta (29 kilometers) and Sirsi (55 kilometers) are the nearest towns.
The Legends Around the Place - Tourist Places in Yana
For those who love mythology, Yana has places of special significance. There are several legends associated with the rock formations. One of the most popular ones is that Lord Shiva took refuge in the rock formation known as Bhairaweshwara Peak when he was being chased by the demon king Bhasmasura. The other rock, known as Jaganmohini, refers to Lord Vishnu, who took the form of Mohini in order to save Lord Shiva.
Given these legends, it is no surprise that the festival of Maha Shivratri is celebrated with much fervor at Yana. The 10-day long festival has classical dance and music performances as well as yakshagana performances. There is also a cave temple and a waterfall close to Yana.
How To Reach Yana
The nearest airport is the Goa airport, located at a distance of 181 kilometers. The Hubli railway station is the closest to Yana. State transport buses also ply from Kumta and Sirsi. Hubli is the nearest domestic airport from Yana.