Uttara Kannada is one of the coastal districts of Karnataka. The district shares its boundaries with the states of Goa, Belgaum, Dharwad, Shimoga and Udupi districts. To the west lies the Arabian Sea. Uttara Kannada district is known for its natural beauty. There are many beautiful waterfalls here. Uttara Kannada District has made quite a name for itself in the field of Karnataka’s famous folk art “Yakshagana”. Ankola is also known as the Dandee of Karnataka during the war of Independence.
Uttara Kannada, by Dinakara Desai:
One side Sahyadri, one side
My district is unassuming
Here I am again
Its history dates back to the Mauryan period (4th – 3rd century BCE). The scriptures such as Mahavamsa, Dipavamsa indicate that the area was in the Maurya Empire and Vanavasi or today’s Banavasi was the main place and Buddhist monks were sent to the region during the Ashoka period. Next up The excavations of the Banavasi indicate that the Satavahanas ruled from the 2nd to 3rd century. Here are some coins of the altarpiece. In the 2nd and 3rd centuries, the Chathukulas, relatives of the Satavahanas, ruled here. From the 4th to 6th centuries, the region was under the rule of the Kadamba. After the Kadambara, the Chalukyas of Badami (6-8th century) and Rashtrakuta (8-10th century) ruled. During the Rashtrakutas and the later Chalukyas of Welfare, much of the district was part of the important province of Banavasi. Representatives of the then ruling elite had made Banavasi their provincial capital. In the 11th and 13th centuries, the Hanabalu and the Kadambas of Goa ruled the region largely as Chalukyas. Most of the district belonged to the Vijayanagara Empire until the 14th century. In the 17th and 18th centuries the lower clans and the Pallai clans such as Bilagi, Swadi and Gersoppe ruled different parts of the district. In the late 18th century, the Uttara Kannada district became part of the Kingdom of Mysore under the rule of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan.