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Siddapura, Uttara Kannada

Siddapura, Uttara Kannada
Siddapur
taluk
Siddapura, Uttara Kannada
Siddapura, Uttara Kannada
Location in Karnataka, India

Coordinates: 14°20′49″N 74°53′38″E / 14.347°N 74.894°E / 14.347; 74.894Coordinates: 14°20′49″N 74°53′38″E / 14.347°N 74.894°E / 14.347; 74.894

Country  India
State Karnataka
District Uttara Kannada
Elevation 564 m (1,850 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 40,000
Languages
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 581 355
Telephone code 08389

Siddapur (ಸಿದ್ಧಾಪುರ) is a town and the headquarters of Siddapura taluk (administrative division) in Uttara Kannada (North Canara) district of the state of Karnataka in southern India. It is nestled among the Western Ghats of Karnataka. Mother place of Sri Kanandabe Amma Bhuvaneshwari Only the Kannadambe of Karnataka. Areca nut cultivation is the primary occupation of the people of this taluk, along with agriculture.

Demography

As of 2001 India census,[1] Siddapur had a population of 14,049. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Siddapur has an average literacy rate of 82%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 88%, and female literacy is 82%. In Siddapur, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age. Kannada is the most widely spoken language.

Mostly Namadhari Naiks, Gudigars, Gaud Saraswat Brahmins, Halakki Vokkaligas, havyaks, kurubas, Madivals, Christians, Daivajnas, Muslims, Marathas and others inhabit the town of Siddapur.

Transport

Bus service is provided mainly by KSRTC, KSRTC and few private bus operators, which runs buses that connect Siddapur to other places in Karnataka and a few buses to other states. Siddapur is well connected by road with Sirsi, Kumta, Karwar, Bhatkal, Sagar, Shimoga, Bangalore, Mysore and Hubli.

The nearest railway station is Talaguppa, (18 km) towards Shimoga, Mysore, Bangalore, Chennai, Hydrabad and Kumta (68 km) towards Karwar, Goa, Mumbai, Pune, Mangalore and Kerala. The nearest airport is Hubli Airport, towards Bangalore and Mumbai, which is about 120 kilometres (75 mi). from Siddapur.

Economy and occupations

The main occupation of the residents of Siddapura is agriculture. Supari (arecanut) is the primary business of the people. Other than arecanut, commodities like paddy, coffee, pineapple, cardamom, coconut, pepper and vanilla are also grown. Many rice mills, supari mandi, soda factories, ice-cream factories, pineapple juice factories, and jackfruit and banana chip centers are here.

Art and culture

Main article: Yakshagana



Yakshagana (Kannada: ಯಕ್ಷಗಾನ, pronounced as yaksha-gaana) is a classical dance drama popular in the state of Karnataka in India, mostly popular in the districts of Uttara Kannada, Shimoga, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Kasaragod district of Kerala. This theater art involves music, songs, dance, acting, dialogue, story and unique costumes. While songs and dance adhere to well established talas very similar to classical Indian dance forms, acting and dialogues are created spntanously on stage depending on ability of artists. This combination of classical and folk elements makes Yakshagana unique from any other Indian art. This would be considered to be a form of opera in western eyes.

Traditionally, Yakshaganas used to start late in the night and run for the entire night. Bhagavata, the background singer, is also the director of the story, and controls the entire proceedings on stage. Bagavatha, along with background musicians who play Chande and Maddale, form himmela. The actors who wear colorful costumes and enact various roles in the story forms Mummela.

70% people of Siddapur like to watch Yakshagana. It is one of the major entertainments in all seasons.

Temples

Kondli Sri Marikamba Temple is situated at Haladakatta Siddapur and Kondli Sri Kalikamba Temple, Sri Vinayak Temple Honnegundi, Sri Renukamba Temple Chandragutti (15 km from Siddapur), Sri Rameshwara temple Itgi (20 km from Siddapur), Sri Ganesha temple Heroor, Sri Shaneshwar and Hanuman Temple Bedkani (5 km from Siddapur), Sri Bhuvaneshwari Temple Bhuvanagiri are very old and famous temples here. Furthermore, Sri Lakshmi-Narayana Temple, Sri Laxmi-Venkatesh Temple, Sri Vittal-Rukmini Mandir, Sringeri sri sharadha Temple Hosuru, Sri Shiv Mandir also situated here.

The famous "Marikamba Jaathre" held on Maribail Kondli, commemorating the goddess Marikamba is held by the temple authorities once every five years. Nearly a lakh devotees from all parts of the country attend the fair, making it one of the biggest festivals in the region. Beside Bhuvanagiri Jatra, Basaveshwar Jatra held in Feb every year Shanishwar jatra held in March End of every Year, Dusara Festivals are some specials significance.

Mosques

Badriya Jamia Masjid (Sunni) situated at town Near Pattana Panchayaat. Bedkani jamia masjid (sunni) situated at near bus stop.

Churches

Beautiful Holy Rosary Catholic Church is situated in Ravindranagar Siddapur.

Banking and finance facilities

SBI, State Bank Of Mysore, Vijaya Bank, Syndicate Bank, Canara Bank are some banks with full-fledged operations. SBI, SBM, Vijaya Bank, and Syndicate Bank and have automated teller machines in place as well. Co-operative banks namely The Urban Co-operative bank Siddapur have their head quarters in Siddapur. A trustee Co-operative banks since from last 75 years.

Special sweet dishes in Siddapur

Jack-fruit and banana chips, and fresh sugarcane juice are special.

Kadubu: The main ingredients are jackfruit pulp and jaggery. The batter is prepared with some additional ingredients, put into a container and steamed. The dessert is a local delicacy and is served hot with ghee.

Holge: These are not similar to pancakes but one could say that these are the sweet equivalents of tortillas. One variant is made with gramflour and jaggery while the other is made with coconuts.

Todadevu: It is a special kind of thin crust dosa made out of jaggery/sugarcane juice.

Famous Non Vegitarian Dish

Koli Kajjaya: Hosagere Kajjaya [Many varieties exist] made by rice floor and fried in oil is a famous dish. It tastes great with thick potato sambar and Nati Chiken curry. It is a delicacy among the non vegetarian communities of the siddapur as well as adjoining taluks like sirsi, sagar, soraba, hosanagara and Thirthalli.

Kotte Kadabu: Made up of fermented rice paste, steam boiled in banana leaf packets for more than four hours. It tastes great with Chiken and Mutton curry, coconut chutney, Fish curry, Fresh water fish curry, Prawn curry and all vegetable sambar.

TV and radio

Sagar is the nearest place to Siddapur (38 km) which has LPT-49 TV relay station airing Doordarshan National Channel. Cable TV and direct to home services are widely used and these have replaced the conventional VHF/UHF TV antennas and satellite dish antennas. Local cable having Janani TV, which provides essential day to day information to the people of Siddapur.

Sagar AIR is the nearest radio station. Sagar AIR station can be heard on 100.1 MHz.There are no much Amateur Radio operations in and around the town.

Network and internet facilities

All major mobile operators are available in Siddapur Town as are most broadband facilities.

Education

  • Prashanti Gurukula Vidya Kendra
  • Model Kannada Boys School
  • Model Kannada Girls School
  • Little Flower School, Ravindranagar
  • Shree Murugharajendra Blind School
  • SV Boys High School
  • SRGHM Girls High School
  • Siddhivinayaka Primary School
  • MGC Arts Commerce & GHD Science College
  • Dhanavantri Ayurvedic Medical College
  • Government PU College, Siddapur (junior)
  • Government First Grade College, Siddapur
  • Government Polytechnic Siddapur
  • Government ITI college Siddapur
  • Siddhivinayaka English medium High SChool
  • JSPU College Bilgi,Siddapur

Places to see near Siddapura

The region located in the Malnad region, within the Western Ghats. There are forests and hills and waterfalls that are attractive for trekking.

  • Jog Falls – 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from Siddapur.(Jog falls is in Sagar Taluk)
  • Honnemaradu – Situated near Talguppa (backwaters of River Sharavathi), 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Siddapur (situated in Sagar Taluk)
  • Burude Falls (or Illimane Falls), near Kyadgi is a five step waterfall and is about 21 km from Siddapur (includes 3 km of trekking from Illimane)
  • Unchalli Falls (KeppaJoga) – 28 kilometres (17 mi) from Siddapur near Gollimakki (another route is via trek from Illimane Falls to Unchalli Falls of distance about 5 km)
  • WaateHalla Falls – 34 kilometres (21 mi) from Siddapur.
  • Bhuvaneshwari Temple situated at Bhuvanagiri is the only Kannadambe Buvaneshwari Temple in Karnataka (7 km).
  • Sri Renukambe temple and Hill sight Chandragutti (15 km)
  • Sri Shankar Math and Big Garden Park Siddapur
  • Husur Dam
  • Yana Jungle (35 km from Sirsi)
  • Siganadhr Temple and Holebagilu (30 km From Sagar)
  • Kannali Temple (8 km)
  • Gudvi Pakshidam (bird sanctuary) (30 km Near Sorab)
  • Varadhahalli Ashrama (4 km from Sagar)
  • Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Shriman Nelemavu Mutt.(29 km Herur)
  • Shri Siddivinayaka Temple, Herur (29 km from Siddapur; 21 km from Sirsi)
  • Gol Baavi at Bilgi (round well)
  • Jain Basadi at Bilgi

Hospitals

Following hospitals are located in Siddapura.

  • Taluk Govt Hospital Siddapur
  • Shreyas Hospital APMC
  • Ayurvedic Medical Hospital Avrguppa
  • Omkar Hospitals

Geography

References

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