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Kavathar is a small village in the northernmost part of Dakshina Kannada, close to the small town of Balkunje. Its postal code is 574172.
Butta Benny is an area of Bhuts populated by the Goud Saraswat Brahmin community, who migrated from southern areas such as Kateel. They included Kamaths, Nayaks, Pai and other groups who were converted to Roman Catholicism by Portuguese missionaries and were offered lands in remote areas such as Butta Benny. This area now has Christians with surnames such as D'Souza and Aroza. The place is known by the name Girijana Colony, since the northern half has been distributed among the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes by the government.
The D'Souza family of Kavathar made significant contributions towards St.Paul's Church, Balkunje. A temple named Siri Abbagha Dharagha Mahalingeshwar Temple was built under the aegis of Neena Nithyanand Ajila. It is known for its annual Siri Jatra during the Pagu Purnima.
People residing in the northern half visit markets of Palimar and Padubidri of Udupi District, while those who live in the southern half visit Kinnigoli and Mulki. Nearby villages include Kirem, Damarskatte, Pompei(India-a village) Aikala, Panjinadka and Karnad. It has no shops, and hardly a few houses The place is partially famous for its Kavatharu Temple, where Bhuta Kola is held annually.
Kavathar has an average literacy rate. its getting better in recent days ...
The primary school in Kavathur celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012.
The roads are getting better with the help of mandal panchayat and local MLA and Mp's . Farming was abandoned, as newer generations left the area and migrated to Mangalore, Mumbai or Pune or immigrated.
Transport facilities are getting better as a new road connected to Balkunje and Mulki-kukatte road . The village has no bus service at the moment .
It has forest area with diverse species of birds and mammals. Peacocks are found in abundance, while tigers, who once inhabited its forests have vanished. It has a wide range of snakes, and a number of coconut and cashew trees.