The uniqueness of Yana lies in the two unusually shaped gigantic rocks. Another fact adding to this aspect is the color of the soil in the surrounding areas. The part of the North-Karnataka region is covered with red soil, whereas Yana alone possesses black soil. Strangely, such black soil is not seen in any of the nearby regions!. Two prominent rock outcrops known as the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara (120 meters high) and the Mohini Shikhara (90 meters high) composed of solid black, crystalline Karst limestone attract the most attention. The two rock monoliths or hillocks, surrounded by thick forests and streams, rise sharply above the surrounding area.
The Story of Yana Rocks
The legend about Yana is so interesting, that set this place apart from other tourist locations.The epical story is about Mohini and Bhasmasura. The demon king Bhasmasura, received a boon from lord Shiva which allows him to burn (Bhasmam) the person by placing his hand over the head. But Bhasmasura Wanted to check the power of boon on the god Shiva there and then. Agitated by Bhasmasura's act, lord Shiva left his abode and came to Earth to seek lord Vishnu's help.
Vishnu transformed himself into a beautiful lady, Mohini, who tempted Bhasmasura with her beauty. Completely mesmerized by Mohini, Bhasmasura agreed to a dance challenge initiated by her. During the competition, Mohini cleverly placed her hand over the head and Bhasmasura, without realizing it, placed his hand over his head too. The fire from his own hands destroyed Bhasmasur and converted him into ashes.
It is believed that the fire and heat was so intense that it changed the limestones’ colour to black and devotees believe that the loose black soil and ashes around the rock formations act as a proof of the legend.
Yana Rocks & Sorrounding Forest
It is not just the amazing back story that makes this place unique, but also the scenic beauty and thick forest which sets Yana apart. If you love adventure, nature and trekking, Yana is the place for you. The huge, unusual rock formations which hide many stories from the past and the amazing scenic views welcome you at Yana.
The beautiful location also hosts many devotees because of the cave temple below the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara where a self manifested linga has been formed. During Maha Shivaratri, the temple hosts annual festivities for 10 days. It attracts around 10,000 devotees on pilgrimage. They carry holy water to the cave from a nearby town known as Gokarna for performing the Maha Mastaka Abhisheka.
The unusual rock outcrops in Western ghats
Mohini sikhara(90 mtrs) and Bhairaveshwara sikhara (120mtrs)
Lush green forest around
Ganga Bhairaveswara cave temple below Bhairava peak
Two pecular rock structures in midst of western ghats
Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and Mohini Shikhara peaks of solid black, crystalline limestone
The epical story is associated with Mohini and Bhasmasura
Because of Bhasmasura death of fire and heat changed the limestones’ colour to black
People believe the epic because of the loose black soil and ashes around the rock formations
Bhairaveshwara cave temple below the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara
Surrounded by thick forests and streams
Vibhuthi waterfalls nearby
Address of Yana Rocks
Yana rocks situated at Yana forest near the Kumta town, in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka state, India - 581362
How to Reach
Yana is located in between Sirsi to Kumta road
Distance From: Kumta - 43 km, Sirsi - 53 km, Gokarna - 46 km, Panjim -189 km, Mangalore - 227 km
Nearest Airport: Goa
Nearest Bus Station: Katagala
Nearest Railway Station: Kumta, Hubli - 156 km
If you are traveling from Sirsi it is around 40 km away, you need to travel up to Katagala (Kathagala) before reaching Katagala you will find the deviation road to Yana. It is around 20 km distance.
From Kumta it is 20 km, need to travel up to Katagala.
If you have your own vehicle then no problem, if you are travelling from public transport, this is a busy road you will get buses traveling between Sirsi and Kumta, get down at Katagala. From Katagala you need travel by 3 wheeler
Where to Stay
Kumta, Gokarna towns posses nice hotels for stay.
Where to Eat
A wide variety of restaurants available in Kumta, Gokarna towns.