Ulavi is a town about 75 km from Karwar (via Kumbarawada) in Karnataka state, India.
Ulavi is an important center of pilgrimage for people of the Lingayat faith. The Samadhi of Channabasavanna, one of the most revered saints of the Lingayat faith lies here. In the 12th century, Channabasavanna traveled from Kalyana to Ulavi before he died. Very close to this holy Samadhi is the Akka Nagalambike cave named after Nagalambike, Channabasavanna's mother and Basavanna's sister. The Ulavi jathre or congregations attracts pilgrims from all over Karnataka as one of the major community or `panchamsali linjayaths' are large number devoted here visiting regularly.
Ulavi is located at western ghatts. Thick forests here hold tiger, chita, elephant, sarang, cobra, and other wildlife.
There are only two roads in Ulavi. One road enters into the town and the other road lead to the caves.
Take a guide along with you while visiting the caves, especially during monsoons. In summer months, I am sure that there will be big crowds visiting this place. No animals would like to stay so near to human presence. Very few people visit this place during monsoon.
One important cave inside is “Vibhooti Kanaja”, which means a place where sacred ash is stored. This is the structure formed by lime stone.
There were other caves like Akka Nagammana gavi and Rudrakshi Mantapa which you can visit.
The last and the main cave was Akala gavi. As the cave was at a higher position, an iron ladder is placed to climb. The cave is part of a massive rock formation of several hundred feet.
There are other caves very much
interior in the forest. These
Caves are out of reach during monsoon months.
better to travel in one's own vehicle. Three daily buses traveling via Dharwad from Hubli, Chitradurga, Haveri and Belgum.
Other local areas of interest include Sintheri Rock, Kali River, Anashi Reserve Forest, Supa Dam.