Uttara Kannada or North Canara (North Kanara), located on the western coast with 140 Km length of Coastal line. Uttara Kannada has varied geographical features with thick forest, perennial rivers and rich in flora and fauna. 80% of the district is covered by forest. Major forest in Uttara Kannada district is concentrated in Joida, Yellapur, Sirsi and Ankola Taluks..
The languages spoken here are Kannada, Konkani, Tulu and Marathi. The cultural pattern of the people has been influenced by Northern Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Uttara Kannada is one of the major tourist districts in the state. Uttara Kannada district is the land of rivers. The main rivers are Kali, Gangavali, Aghanashini, Sharavati. The other rivers are Venktapur and Varada. These rivers form many waterfalls; the famous waterfalls include Jogfalls, Unchalli falls, Magod falls, Shivaganga falls, Lalguli and Mailmane waterfalls.