Sirsi is a popular and small town located in Uttara Kannada district. Sirsi is surrounded with picturesque thick deciduous forest and the region is popular for a large number of waterfalls.

The 16th century Marikamba temple in Sirsi is main attraction and it is one of the important seats of shakti worship in Karnataka. Sri Marikamba Temple houses a huge idol of Goddess, which is about seven feet tall.

As per the legend, the image of the deity was found in a pond on the outskirts of the town and with the consent of Sadashiva Rao II, the then king of Sonda, it was installed in 1611.


Air: Nearest Airport is in Hubli. Hubli is connected to Bangaluru and Mumbai by air.

Rail: Nearest railhead is at Kumta. Kumta is 58 km from Sirsi. Kumta is situated on Konkan Railway line connecting Mangalooru to Mumbai. Major railhead is Hubli, which is the Zonal Head quarters of South Western Railways.

Road: Sirsi is linked to other parts of the state many state highways. Sirsi linked to neighbouring district head quarters of Dharwad, Udupi, Haveri, Belagaon, Shimoga. The state corporation has a very good network of buses to all major cities/towns in Karnataka and Maharashtra. VRL ( and Sugama Transport are the 2 major private bus operators.

Uttara Kannada district
Best time to visit
October - February
Famous For
Marikamba temple