Island of Basavaraja Durga is about a km from main land off Honnavar.
You can reach the island through boats and small coasters. The landing
place is at the south end where there is a ruined fort with eight
mounted guns. The fort was built by Great Shivappa Naik of Bednur
(1648-1670). The island is mostly level and has plenty of fresh water.|
It is situated about 3 kms from Honnavar. The island is famous for its historical Island fort, built during the regime of Shivappa Nayaka, king of Keladi dynasty. Honnavar, 90 kms from Karwar, has a laterite fort of Portuguese times. .
History:The first ever historical reference about the Honavar town appears in the works of the Greek author Periplus (AD 247) and it was called Naour. It was mentioned as the first port of Limurike in Tamil country. In the 10th century text Jain Ramayana, the town is mentioned as Hanuruha Island. References about the town are also available in the works of Abu al-Fida (A.D.1273-1331), an Arab Geographer as well as that of Ibn Batuta who described it as the city of Hinaur.
Honavar or Onore, was a notable seaport of British India, in the North Kanara district of Bombay. It is mentioned as a place of trade as early as the 16th century, and is associated with two interesting incidents in Anglo-Indian history. In 1670, the English factors here had a bull-dog which killed a sacred bull. An enraged mob killed 18 people in retaliation. In 1784 it was defended for three months by Captain Torriano and a detachment of sepoys against the army of Tippu Sultan.
Honnavar has also a history of having the name "Honnupura" which might have been a major market and export hub for gold and related things.
Honavar, once was under the ruling of queen Chennabhairadevi of Gerusoppa range, who believed to be defeated British.
|Address:The Island of Basavaraja Durga is about a km from main land off Honnavar. Honnavar, 90 kms from Karwar|
|District: North Kannada|
|Best time to visit: October To May|
Basavaraja Durga Island
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