Yana is a village in the district of Uttara Kannada in the state of Karnataka, which is surrounded by unusual rock formations. The destination is situated in the Sahyadri mountain ranges in the Western Ghats. Yana is located 25 km from Kumta and 40 km from Sirsi near Chandrika River.
The region has witnessed the rule of various rulers beginning with Kadamba during 350-525 CE. It also bears the traces of the reigns of Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagar Empire. Around 1700 to 1800, the region was under the Maratha Empire, which was later ceded to the British in 1818.
Yana also has religious importance as mentioned in an event of Hindu mythology. It is believed that the demon king Bhasmasura performed penance to acquire a boon from Lord Shiva. As per the boon, whatever he touched burnt into ashes. Bhasmasura chased Lord Shiva in order to destroy him, who found refuge in the Bhairaweshwara peak at Yana.
It is also believed that the other peak called Jaganmohini is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who took the form of Mohini and saved Lord Shiva's life. These two peaks are the popular attractions of the destination. Another attraction popular is the Cave Temple.
Tourists visiting Yana can explore the mythological significance along with the culture followed by the natives. The destination is mostly inhabited by the Hindus, who celebrate Maha Shivaratri, which is followed by 10 days of festivities. Also, travellers can explore different art forms like dance, music and acting in the popular classical dance form called Yakshagana.
Yana, a small village, can be reached through flights, trains and buses. To reach the destination, tourists can board flights to the nearest airport in Goa. The airport is located at a distance of 137 km from Yana and has flight operations from various cities of the country. Trains are also available to Yana, which are served by the station at Hubli. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates buses from Sirsi and Kumta to Yana.
The best time to visit Yana is during the months of September and October, though the weather is pleasant throughout the year.