The two rock monoliths or hillocks, surrounded by thick forests and streams, rise sharply above the surrounding area near Yana village. They are part of the Sahyadri hill range in the Western Ghats in South India and give a conspicuous identity to Yana and the entire hill range.
At the base of Bhairaveshwara shikhara, there is wide opening that leads into a cave. The cave has a swayambu ("self manifested") Shiva Linga ("symbol of Shiva") over which spring water trickles from the roof of the tunnel overhead. Emerging as a small stream, called the Chandihole, it eventually merges with the Aghanashini River at Uppinapattana.
It was damn hot as we trekked our way to the monolith structures. The sun was merciless and was raining down fire upon our heads. We reached at the base of Bhairaveshwara shikhara and sat down under the shade of a snacks shop. And then came lemon juice for the rescue. Re-energized, we continued to the cave.
It was way over lunch time as we finished exploring the cave. We then trekked back the parking lot and headed towards Kumta.
Had lunch on the way and raced towards Mirjan fort.
A little background of the beautiful Mirjan fort narrated by a gentleman we met at the fort gate:
"….the fort known for its architectural elegance was the location of several battles in the past. The fort was initially built in the reign of Vijayanagara Empire. During their reign, the port of Mirjan was used to export pepper, Saltpetre and betel nut. The structure you'll see on the fort is mixed, which means that the fort was refurbished each time by the conquering army. You will see structures that point to British, Portuguese, Mughal, Maratha style of construction.
…there is a circular moat around the fort used as a defense measure. The fort is double-walled and has high turrets on the bastions. It is now seen mostly in ruins but is being restored to some extent. The ruins have been inferred as remnants of a secret passage, entry doors, a darbar hall and a market place. Stone images of Hindu gods and goddesses are also seen under a large tree. This large tree will immediately catch your eye…."