This is a district in Karnataka and is also known as the North Canara District. It is now a place of great importance in terms of tourism since there are a huge number of beaches and resorts apart from other historical locations over here. The district is surrounded by the belgaum Distruct and the State of Goa in the North, the Haveri and Dhadwad District in the east, the Shimoga and Udupi District to the south and the Arabian Sea to the west. Kumta and sirsi are the most important towns here. This district is also rich in history and was the seat of many rulers and ancient dynasties such as the Kadambas, Chalukyas, Honnavars, Mysore Sultans, Marathas, Portuguese and finally the British East India Company. Apart from the temples there are a number of beaches here including the kadle Beach, Om Beach, Paradise Beach, Half Moon Beach and other beautiful resorts and restaurants too. The Sadashivgad fort is another major tourist attraction here. Ganesh Chaturthi is the main national festival which is celebrated here and this place is also known to be the birthplace of several famous personalities.