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A railway bridge near the town
A railway bridge near the town
Honnavar is located in Karnataka
Honnavar is located in India
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
DistrictUttara Kannada
 • TypeMunicipality
 • BodyHonnavar Town Panchayat
2 m (7 ft)
 • Total19,109[1]
 • OfficialKannada
 • OtherKonkani
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 codeIN-KA
Vehicle registrationKA 47

Honavar (also Honnavar, Onore) is a port town in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, India. The town is the headquarters of Honnavar Taluk. The town lies around 37 kms north of Bhatkal and 91 kms south of district headquarters of Karwar.


Honnavar along with other port cities of Karnataka such as Bhatkal, and Mangalore has a very long history. The port hosted foreign traders from the Arab world, as well as later from European countries such as Portugal, England and the Netherlands. The 14th century Moroccan traveler Ibn Batutta stopped in the port during his voyage.[3] The principal export from Honnavar was black pepper. The early traders in the town were of mixed arab and Indian descent. During the European domination of the Indian Ocean trade the Portuguese and the English built warehouses at the port.[4]



The Konkan Railway line passes through Honnavar, and its longest bridge is 2.065 km in length and is in Honnavar, over the Sharavati River.[5]


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.[6]

Inland Water

There are proposals for improvements to the Inland Water Transportation system between Honnavar and Gerusoppa along the Sharavati river coast.[7] 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.[8]


  1. ^ "Honnavar Town Panchayath". Government of Karnataka. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Basic City Statistics" (PDF). honnavaratown.gov.in. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 August 2013.
  3. ^ Ross E. Dunn; University Ross E Dunn (2005). The Adventures of Ibn Battuta: A Muslim Traveler of the Fourteenth Century. University of California Press. p. 221. ISBN 978-0-520-24385-9.
  4. ^ Naik, B. Shreedhara (2008). "EUROPEAN TRADE AND POLITICS IN MEDIEVAL SOUTH CANARA". Proceedings of the Indian History Congress Vol. 69 (2008), pp. 361-372 Published by:. 69: 361–372. JSTOR 44147201.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. ^ http://www.konkanrailway.com/node/120[dead link]
  6. ^ "Karnataka plans new port at Honnavar for Rs 600 crore". Business Standard. Bangalore. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  7. ^ http://www.karnatakaports.in/ongoing_projects.htm Archived 21 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ http://www.karnatakaports.in/organization.htm Archived 21 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine

External links[edit]

Honavar Foundation