Coastal Karnataka Day 4 - Trek to Yana Caves
Place: Yana Caves and Rocks, YanaDistance: 444 km from Bangalore
Trek Distance: 3 km
Ideal for: Family and Friends
Best time to visit: Post Monsoon
Our Coastal Karnataka trip was going on a lazy mode. We were hardly covering one or two places per day but we were not compromising on food and sleep :D Well, most of my trips used to be on a tight schedule, more concerned about seeing the places but this time we were just chilling out.
|Best of the Beast: Nestled among rolling hills and surrounded by a thick forest, stand the black limestone monoliths of Yana village. Courtesy: Sharat Chandra|
The New Year Eve celebration was amazing yesterday night. We went to sleep only after 3 am so we woke up late in the morning at 11 am. Today's agenda was just to visit Yana and go back to Bangalore.
|How did our 4 days trip go you ask?|
|Incredible view of the Agnashini River|
|I could stare at the calm river for hours together and never get bored.|
|The complete Gang in a single frame.|
|Route map of Yana Caves|
Even though it was a weekday there was a considerable number of vehicles parked in the parking area. There are no restaurants but there were few stalls selling refreshments and water. We carried a water bottle and a cold drink.
|The board welcomes to Yana. The trek starts from this parking area.|
|There are no restaurants but few stalls selling refreshments and water|
Trek time: After visiting beaches every day for the past 3 days we were happy to see greenery and forest on the 4th day. The trek is 3 km long and the first part of the trek is slanted and doesn't have steps and the second part is steep and it is assisted by steps. Undoubtedly the first part of the trek was the most beautiful. With greenery surrounded on both the sides, the route covered by shades which makes it easy to trek at any time of the day.
|The route is covered by thick forest on either side making it trekkable at any time of the day|
There is also a tiny water stream running along the route which makes the trek charming. During monsoon, this path will be covered by blood-sucking leeches, so if you are attempting this trek during monsoon then make sure you have precaution taken to avoid leeches (read my post about Bandaje falls where we encountered the worst experience with leeches).
|There is a small water stream to the right en route. Don't forget to have a look at it.|
|Bluetooth speaker vs Birds calls it was.|
We took a stop to visit the water stream on the right. The bird call and the stream gurgle added to the beauty of nature. About 3km away, we finally reach a small Ganesh temple after which the steps started. The steps are well placed and are easier to climb. Finally, we could see the first rock - Mohini Shikara to our left. The rock is about 90m tall and it is the most beautiful rock.
|Ganesha temple on the way. After this point, the stairs start.|
|Stunning view of the Mohini Shikara at Yana.|
|The 90 meters tall Mohini Shikara is the most beautiful Rock among the two peaks|
|The surrounding thick forest is a sight to behold|
|The last stretch of the Trek.|
|The 120-meter tall Bhairaweshwara Shikara is the biggest Monolith here.|
|Temple at the base of the hill is dedicated to Bhairaveshwara|
|The naturally formed linga in the Sanctum is worshipped by devotees.|
|The Yana caves look marvelous as you get closer to it|
|As we look up at the sky, the sheer enormity of the massif makes us speechless|
|The soaring black limestone peaks of Yana|
|Silhouette of the Mohini Shikara|
|We took a shop at This view point|
|There is a small temple here. The place is named as Devimane|
|And this is the stunning view from the temple|
1. Yana temple timings: 6 AM to 7 PM
2. The route is well-marked, so there is no need for a guide.
3. Ensure that you are well-covered, especially in the monsoons as there will be leeches.
4. The trek is medium in difficulty from Kumta side, I saw elder people climbing along so it shouldn't be a big issue if you are planning to get your parents here.
5. The 3km-long trek begins from Sundholle via Anegundi, while the 0.5km route is closer to Sirsi.
6. There are no entry fees but there is a nominal parking charge.
7. There are basic functional toilets at the entrance.
8. Make sure you descend from the same route as you ascended.
Check out the remarkable drone footage of Yana on Sharat Chandra's youtube video. PS: The aerial view of the Yana caves are captured from the same youtube video.
Read all the posts of the 4 days Coastal Karnataka trip
Coastal Karnataka trip Day 1 - Panambur beach, Mangalore
Coastal Karnataka Day 2 - Saavira Kambada Basadi
Coastal Karnataka Day 2 - St Mary's island, Malpe.
Coastal Karnataka Day 3 - Celebrating New Year at Om Beach, Gokarna.
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