Karwar is situated on the bank of river kali, which is located on the west coast of Indian peninsula in Uttara Kannada district in the South Indian state of Karnataka. It is the administrative head quarters of North Kanara District in Karnataka and is a historic town as it has been a vibrant trading post from the 15th century onwards. It is wedged between the Arabian Sea and Kali river on the one side and the Western Ghats on the other. Karwar was a former settlement of the British and later the Portuguese, the Arabians and now the Indian Navy have taken advantage of its location.
The town lies about 15 kilometres south of the Karnataka-Goa border. The original name of Karwar is “Karwad” which is renamed by the British during colonial time. It has an Excellent Beach resort with beautiful palm fringed beaches. Karwar is known for its fine muslin. The town known for its glorious weather, fresh fishes, picturesque hills and valleys of Western Ghats with dense tropical forests on the way to Hubli/Dharwad or Belgaum. The Kali River joins the Arabian Sea very close to Karwar, where the famous Sadhashivagud Fort has been built next to the Kali River Bridge. The beauty of the place has made the famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore dedicate a poem to this city. It was the trade center through sea from Arabian Sea and French, Portuguese, Arabs and British did their trades from here. Karwar is famous for its silver sand, quite water, palm-laced beach, peaceful and calm alley. Once an important trade centre, the city has good weather and excellent beach environment. Karwar is known as “Kashmir of South India” .
Tourist Attraction :
Karwar Beach :
Karwar Beach, popularly called as Rabindranath Tagore Beach, is one of the famous beaches of India. Karwar Beach, popularly called as Rabindranath Tagore Beach, is one of the famous beaches of India. A tourist can happily spend time here just enjoying the beach or can do snorkeling, diving and tasting spicy sea food and the cool blue water. It is surrounded by Arabian Sea from west and Western Ghats from east. This site is the perfect place for those travellers who want to picnic at a serene and peaceful environment. The beach sunset is a beautiful sight and is worth visiting the place for. The soft sand and calming sea water are a serene combination and make this place a peaceful weekend getaway. The Karwar Beach is renowned worldwide for its picturesque charm that is not found in any other beaches of India. The climatic conditions of Karwar are apt for tourism during the months of September to May.
Majali beach :
Majali Beach is a famous attraction located in Karwar and is known for its sea facing cottages and resorts. This is the one of the best places to visit in Karwar, owing to the scenic beauty, There is a lake situated nearby, where activities like kayaking, rowing, Bird watching and fishing can also be enjoyed by the tourists.
Devbagh Beach :
Devbagh beach is the most attractive beach in Karwar with its soft sands bordered by casuarina trees, offers good diving and snorkelling opportunities in the Arabian Sea. The Devbagh beach is a nature lover’s paradise. To reach the beach regular ferries are available from Karwar and are sponsored by various beach resorts, situated around the beach. Devbagh Beach with its soft sands bordered by casuarina trees, offers good diving and snorkelling opportunities in the Arabian Sea. Restaurants at Devbagh serve local as well as international cuisines. Tourists visiting Devbagh Beach can also see Sadashivgad Fort, Venkataramana Temple and Naganatha Temple that are situated in proximity of the site. Sands of the beach are bordered by casuarinas. The most opportune time to visit Devbagh Beach is during the months of October to March.
Durga Temple :
The 300 years old Venkataramana temple has some of the most excellent painting of ochre and old unique churches of octagonal are the main attraction of this place. This temple was installed by Shivaji for the local bhandari population. It is located inside the Sadashivgad hill fort, atop a hill.According to popular local belief, Raja Shiv Chatrapati found this temple and permitted the local Bhandari population to offer prayers at the site. Also known as Shantadurga Temple, it is located close to the 17th century Dargah of Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat.
Kurumgad island :
Shaped like a tortoise, this island is home to the Narasmiha temple which is a famous pilgrimage spot in the area. The attractions of prime importance in the island are the Narasimha Temple and the Kurumgad Beach which unarguably bring-in a huge crowd of tourists and devotees. A deserted lighthouse is also present on this island which has its own historic background. Loads of fun-filled activities keep tourists thrilled till the end. From trekking, fishing, boat-rides, tidal pool to diving, snorkeling or treasure-hunts, there in no dearth to entertainment options while in this wonderful island. While days could be spent dolphin-spotting, nights should be enjoyed stargazing with the help of a telescope.
Sadashivgadh Hill Fort :
Sadashivgad Hill Fort built on a 200 ft high hill-top, lies along the banks of Kali River near the Kali River Bridge at Karwar, hence giving a beautiful view of the setting sun. At a distance of 5 km from Karwar Bus Stand. It is famous for Goddess Durga Temple and was founded in 1698 by Raja Sonde. The Shantadurga deity being installed by Shivaji for the locals to worship. The top of the fort gives an aerial view of the entire village including the Kali River and the bridge running above it. Tourists can opt for the local government buses to reach fort, which holds historic significance.
How to Reach :
By Air : Nearest airport is Dabolim Airport Goa (58 km). The Dabolim Airport is an international airport is well connected from all the major cities.
By Rail : Trains are also available to Karwar as it has a well established railway station. which is connected to the major cities of Karnataka like New Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore, Lucknow, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Puri, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, and Patna.
By Road : Karwar is well connected to the major cities of Karnataka and neighboring states.
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