Yana or Bhairavakshetra is an important pilgrimage center that has also become a popular rock climbing destination. It is situated in the beautiful evergreen forests in the Sahyadri range. The region offers variety of rock formations, rugged mountains, trickling waterfalls and a holy temple.
A popular legend associated with Yana holds that Bhasmasura, an evil demon, performed penance to Lord Shiva and obtained the power of reducing to ashes anybody on whose head he placed his hand. An ungrateful Bhasmasura, however, soon decided to test the boon on his benefactor. Devotees believe that when Bhasmasura pursued Shiva with the intention of destroying him, Shiva took abode in the Bhairaweshwara peak at Yana. Legend has it that the other peak is called Jaganmohini in honour of Vishnu, who took the form of Mohini and saved Lord Shiva's life.
By Air: The nearest airport is Dabolim (Goa), around 210 km from Yana.
By Rail: The nearest railway station from Yana is Kumta.
By Road: Frequent buses are available from the city to either Sirsi or Kumta. From the Bangalore airport cabs services are available as well. The KSRTC (Karnatake State Road Transport Corporation) and many private buses that ply frequently from Bangalore.
There is no accommodation at Yana. It is suggested to stay at Kumta or Sirsi.