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This article is about Honnavar town in Karnataka state, India. For its Taluk, see Honnavar Taluk.
Honnavar is located in Karnataka
Coordinates: 14°16′48″N 74°26′38″E / 14.28°N 74.4439°E / 14.28; 74.4439Coordinates: 14°16′48″N 74°26′38″E / 14.28°N 74.4439°E / 14.28; 74.4439
Country  India
State Karnataka
Region Canara
District Uttara Kannada
Taluk Honnavar
Established 1890[2]
 • Type Municipality
 • Body Honnavar Town Panchayat
 • Total 9.38 km2 (3.62 sq mi)
Elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 19,109[1]
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 581334, 581395, 581342
Telephone code +91-8387
Vehicle registration KA 47
Website www.honnavaratown.gov.in

Honavar or Honnavar is a port town in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, India. The town is the headquarters of Honnavar Taluk.


In the 10th century text Jain Ramayana, the town is mentioned as Hanuruha Island. References about the town are also available in the works of Abu al-Fida (AD 1273-1331), an Arab geographer as well as that of Ibn Batuta who described it as the city of Hinaur.[citation needed]

Between the 11th and 14th century AD Honnavar was under the rule of the Kadambas of Chandavar.[citation needed] When Traveller Ibn Battuta visited this city in 1342-1345 this port city was ruled by Sultan Jamaluddin Muhammad bin Hasan.[3]

Colonel Hill - 30m tall column



Konkan Railway line passes through Honnavar and has a station at Karki, which is about 5 km from the centre of the town. Konkan Railway's longest bridge is 2.065 km in length and is in Honnavar over Sharavati River.[4]


In October 2013 the Karnataka government announced plans to develop a new port at Honnavar, to be funded by a public–private partnership (PPP) model.[5]

Inland Water[edit]

The Government of Karnataka has been working on improving the Inland Water Transportation system between Honnavar and Gerusoppa along Sharavati river coast.[6] Also, the Office of Ferries Inspector (Mangalore Circle) that oversees Inland Water Transportation System of the entire coastal belt of Karnataka State is headquartered at Honnavar.[7]


  1. ^ "Honnavar Town Panchayath". Government of Karnataka. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Basic City Statistics" (PDF). honnavaratown.gov.in. 
  3. ^ Ibn Battuta, Rihalat Ibn Battuta, Maktaba al-Tijariyya al-Kubra, Egypt, 1958, vol. 2, p. 110
  4. ^ http://www.konkanrailway.com/node/120[dead link]
  5. ^ "Karnataka plans new port at Honnavar for Rs 600 crore". Bangalore: Business Standard. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.karnatakaports.in/ongoing_projects.htm[dead link]
  7. ^ http://www.karnatakaports.in/organization.htm[dead link]

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