The rain forests of the Western Ghats have given shelter to Banavasi or Kokanpura which is surrounded on all three sides by the Varada River. Developed around the Madhukeshwar temple built in the 9th century, it is one of the oldest places in the Indian state dedicated to Lord Shiva. The village is famous for growing sugarcane, rice, spices, areca nuts and pineapples. This culturally rich place will let you participate in the famous cultural festival known as Kadambothsava which is held in December every year. In which classical music, folk dance, drama, art exhibitions and literary works are contributed by many talented artists of South India. The famous Yakshagana masks which are used in the Yakshagana dance celebrated with Uttaraka Karnataka are made at this place. The nearest airport to Banavasi is Bangalore which is 326 kilometers away.