Basavaraja fort was an island fortress situated in the Arabian sea off the coast of Uttara Kannada District, Honavar Taluk in Karnataka state. The island can be reached by boat and is 4km from Honavar, 3km from Sharavati Bay, and just 1km from Pavinakurva village (an island which also has a beach). The landing place is at the southeastern part of the island at the old entrance of the fort. The island has a total area of 19 hectares and an elevation of 45 to 50m. The top of the island is a plateau covered with dry grass and trees that can be seen only at the sloping part of the island. There are a number of freshwater wells. This island has a temple constructed by the ruler between the 16th and 17th centuries. People especially fishermen and boat owners visit the temple with their families once a year on Makarashankaranthi Day on 14 January to perform a pooja to protect, guide them from nature’s harm throughout the year while working on the sea.


  • Airport – Mangalore Airport 155 km from Murudeshwar
  • Railway Station – Murudeshwar Railway Station is 3 kms
  • Sea Port – Bhatkal port is 18 kms away from Murudeshwar
  • Bus Stand – It is just 1 kms from Murudeshwar bus stop