Siddapura, Uttara Kannada
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Unchalli Falls Siddapur
|Elevation||564 m (1,850 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-KA|
|Vehicle registration||KA 31|
Siddapura Kannada: ಸಿದ್ದಾಪುರ) is a town and the headquarters of Siddapur taluk, located in the Uttara Kannada district of the state of Karnataka in southern India. It is nestled among the Western Ghats. The town is surrounded by forest and the region is popular for a large number of waterfalls. Sirsi is the Nearest Large City. Adike (Areca nut) is the primary crop grown in the villages that surround the town.
As of 2001[update], Siddapura had a population of 14,049. Males were 51% of the population and females 49%. The average literacy rate is 82% (male 88%, female 82%). 11% of the population is under 6 years of age. Kannada is the most common language.
Siddapura's primary ethnic and religious groups are Lingayats, Namadhari Naiks, Gudigars, Gaud Saraswat Brahmins, Halakki Vokkaligas, Havyaks, Kurubas, Madivals, Christians, Daivajnas, Muslims, and Marathas.
Bus service is provided by KSRTC and a few private bus operators. These buses connect Siddapur to elsewhere in Karnataka, as well as a few buses to other states. Siddapura is well connected by road to the surrounding area.
The main occupation of the residents of Siddapura is agriculture, primarily areca nut cultivation. In addition to areca nut, commodities like rice, coffee, pineapple, cardamom, coconut, pepper and vanilla are also grown. Other industries include soda, ice cream, and pineapple juice factories, jackfruit and banana chip mills.
Banks with full facilities include SBI, State Bank of Mysore, Vijaya Bank, Syndicate Bank, and Canara Bank. Co-operative banks, including Suvarna Co-operative Bank and Bhavana Co-operative Bank, manappuram finance limited also have a presence in town.
Siddapura is home to many Hindu temples. The famous Hindu festival Marikamba Jaatre occurs every five years. This festival commemorates the goddess Marikamba, a form of Durga. Over 100,000 people attend this festival, making it one of the largest in the region. Other festivals include Basaveshwar Jaatre held annually February, and Shanishwar Jaatre held annually in March. And Siddapur have the one and only temple of Karnataka Naada Devi Bhuvaneshwari at Bhuvangiri on the Kumta road for all whole Karnataka. Each year during Kannada rajyotsava, JayaKarnataka a pro-Kannada organisation visit the Kannada mother and celebrates Kannada Rajyotsava.
Two Sunni mosques are located in Siddapur, Badriya Jamia Masjid and Bedkani Jamia Masjid, and Holy Rosary Catholic Church is located in the Ravindranagar neighborhood.
- Kadubu is a steamed dessert made mostly of jackfruit pulp and jaggery. It is a local delicacy and is served hot with ghee.
- Holge are the sweet equivalents of tortillas. One variant is made with gramflour and jaggery, while the other is made with coconuts.
- Todadevu is a special kind of thin crust dosa made of sugarcane juice or fresh honey.
- Koli Kajjaya and Hosagere Kajjaya are made of rice flour and fried in oil is a famous dish often using roti. Often served with thick potato sambar or Nati chicken curry, it is a delicacy among the non-vegetarian communities in Siddapur.
- Kotte Kadabu is made of fermented rice paste steam boiled in banana leaf packets for about four hours. It tastes great with chicken and mutton curry, coconut chutney, fish curry, prawn curry and vegetarian sambar.
The nearest LPT-49 TV relay station airing Doordarshan National Channel is in Sagara, 38 km away. Cable TV and direct to home services are widely used and have replaced the conventional VHF/UHF TV antennas and satellite dish antennas. Local cable is also available with shikhara TV, which provides essential day to day information to the people of Siddapur.
Sagar AIR is the nearest radio station and can be heard on 100.1 MHz. There is little amateur radio in town.
All major mobile operators are available in Siddapur, as are most broadband facilities.
There are several hospitals in Siddapura, including Taluk Govt Hospital Siddapura, Shreyas Hospital APMC, Ayurvedic Medical Hospital Avrguppa, Omkar Hospital, and Govt Hospital Kolsirsi.
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.