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The River Sharavathi, emerging from the Western Ghat mountain ranges, one of the global biodiversity hot spots, plunges into a 800 feet gorge, at Jog, one of the majestic waterfalls in the world, in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka State. Flowing westwards winding through valleys flanked with rain forests, rice fields and spice gardens the river reaches the Arabian Sea forming a wide and placid estuary, its waters still reflecting the lush green of mangroves and coconut groves. The little town of Honnavar on the north shore of the estuary and the sleepy village of Kasarkod on the south shore had witnessed eventful times in the bygone centuries of flourishing trade in spices with Europe and Arabia, and rise and fall of kingdoms. Over four centuries ago the rule of the Pepper Queen Raina da Pimenta, based in Nagarabasti in the south interior bank of Sharavathi ended tragically. Sharavathi flows quite since then, uneventful through history. The ruins of Nagarabasti and its Jain archaeological mounuments are still at large, nearly invaded by the rain forest. A journey in a water craft into Nagarabasti, the forgotten capital of the Pepper Queen, could still be a memorable event in anybody’s life.
Snehakunja Trust is located in Kasarkod village of Honnavar, a coastal town of Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka. The Hospital Vivekananda Arogya Dhama is 2 km away from Honnavar town, 7 km away from Honnavar railway station and 200 km away from Goa and Mangalore airports. Vivekananda Arogya Dhama, situated on the Arabean sea shore, is blessed with enchanting scenic beauty.
Places of tourist attraction
- The immediate vicinity of Snehakunja is a beautiful Eco park on the Arabian Sea coast, which is managed by the village community in collaboration with the Forest Department. The visitors to Snehakunja would love to spend unending hours in this salubrious natural set up.
- Apsarkonda, a pristine beach with a waterfall in the adjoining laterite hill is 3 km away from the hospital, a paradise for trekkers.
- The Karikan sacred forest situated in the Western Ghats, known for its divine beauty is 18 kms away from the hospital.
- Murdeshwar Temple and the sea shore is 14 km towards south.