Much of the rain falls in the June–September monsoon.
Five major rivers drain westwards from the crest of the Sahyadris to the sea; from north to south, they are the Aghanashini, Sharavati, Gangawali, Kali and Venkatapur.
Ruins of an old mosque and its minaret can still be seen in the village.
The district came under the rule of Maratha Empire in the 1750s and later part of Mysore Kingdom, who ceded it to the British at the conclusion of the Fourth Mysore War in 1799.
The 22-year-old Rabindranath Tagore stayed with his brother, Satyendranath Tagore, who was the district judge in Uttara Kannada.
It was initilally part of Kanara district in Madras Presidency.
The district was divided to North and South Kanara districts in 1859.
Famous Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta is said to have stayed for a time in the district under the protection of Nawayath Sultan Jamal Al-Din at Hunnur.
This place is presently known as Hosapattana and is located in the town of Honnavar.
In 1956 the southern portion of Bombay State was added to Mysore State, which was renamed Karnataka in 1972.