a bird eye's view of yana caves limestone rock formation in the forest

Yana, Karnataka, India

Yana Caves

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Unique Limestone Formations

Yana Caves, located in the state of Karnataka, are a unique geological formation and a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and trekkers.

Yana Caves are renowned for their unique limestone rock formations, which are the result of millions of years of natural weathering and erosion. The two prominent rock formations, known as "Bhairaveshwara Shikhara" and "Mohini Shikhara," stand tall amidst a lush green forested landscape, creating a surreal and picturesque setting.

yana caves limestone rock formations also resides a simple hindu temple

The caves hold religious significance for both Hindus and Jains. The Bhairaveshwara Shikhara is dedicated to Lord Shiva, featuring a small shrine with a naturally formed lingam.

Devotees visit the cave to offer prayers and seek blessings. The area also has Jain temples dedicated to the Jain tirthankaras, attracting Jain pilgrims.

Trek and Adventure

Yana Caves provide an excellent opportunity for trekking and adventure activities. There are well-marked trails that lead to the caves, offering a scenic and moderately challenging trek through the forested terrain. The trek provides a chance to explore the natural beauty of the Western Ghats and to admire the stunning rock formations up close. It's a rewarding experience for nature enthusiasts and photographers.

a bird eye's view of yana caves limestone rock formation in the forest

The best time to visit Yana Caves is during the post-monsoon months, from October to March. During this period, the weather is pleasant and conducive to outdoor activities, with daytime temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F). The monsoon season, from June to September, brings heavy rainfall, making the trails slippery and potentially hazardous.

Getting There

location_cityState & Capital - Bengaluru, Karnataka

flightHubli Airport - 140 Kilometers

directions_carSirsi - 38 Kilometers via Mattighatta Rd

trainKumta Railway Station - 20 Kilometers

a gap in the ceiling as viewed from inside yana caves

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