Banavasi is a village in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. The village is famous for Madhukeshwara Temple dedicated to Hindu deity Lord Shiva. The temple was constructed in 9th centuary. Banavasi was once the capital for Kadamba rulers. The Varadha river flows around three sides of Banavasi. There is an annual cultural festival organised by the Karnataka State Government at Banavasi called as Kadambothsav. It is during the month of December and features many indegenous music and art forms. Yakshagana is the main art form exhibited during the festival.
Best time to visit Banavasi is just after the rains. September to January is the best time.
There is a Village Tourism Complex at Banavasi.Options for lodging and dining at Banavasi are less. Small eateris selling sncaks and cool drinks are available at Banavasi. Other options for stay are avaiable at Shimoga(110km away) and Sirsi(18km away)
Route 1: Bangalore - Tumkur - Tiptur - Kadur - Arsikere - Tarikere - Shimoga - Soraba - Banavasi
KSRTC runds direct services from Bangalore to Banavasi. Another way is to reach Shimoga by direct IRCTC or KSRTC services fom Bangalore. From Shimoga KSRTC and private buses are avaialble to Banavasi.