Banavasi is a major historical site in the Uttara Kannada district. After Varanasi, Banavasi is supposed to be the oldest city of India. Banavasi was the capital of the Kadamba dynasty. Now it is known for the Madhukeshwara temple, built perhaps in 9th century. Kadamba kings are the first royal dynasty of Karnataka. They established their empire in 345 A.D. and ruled for nearly two centuries.
Pampa, the ancient Kannada poet, regarded as the first Kannada poet, hails from here. Dr Jyotsna Kamat has an informative piece on her site.
A few pictures of the temple at Banavasi.