Honnebail is a quaint hamlet in the Ankola taluk of Uttara Kannada region of Karnataka State. A quiet village with rows of coconut and arecanut trees present a beautiful sight. Mango groves of Ankola are famous for its native breed of mango ‘Ishaad.’ A walk through the mud paths into the villages and exploring the farmlands is a first hand experience of farming and village life .The farmlands here grow rice, sugarcane, millets, groundnuts and vegetables. The simple village people would be happy to welcome you into their homes and offer you a tender coconut or black tea. These are people with small homes but big hearts. Just being around with them and chatting is refreshing and healing in itself. Its a pleasure to see them dressed in all those vibrant colours. Watch the fishermen folk at work taking in their boats to sea and throwing in the nets. Watch the ladies selling fish or join them in preserving and drying fish. With the many temples across Ankola, a glimpse of the temple festivals makes the visit enriching. One could witness some of the traditional dance and art forms, Yakshagana being the popular folk dance form. There is a strong Konkan influence in the Uttara Kannada culture right from the temple dieties to the food and dialect. One could savour the staple rice dishes along with freshly caught fish.
The Gangavali river reaches the sea nearby and the famous town of Gokarna is a short distance as you cross the river. Take a traditional ride across the Gangavali river on a huge barge that ferries people and vehicles across. Glide through the inland water bodies and discover hidden gems of local village life.