Karwar Tourism

Karwar Tourism

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  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: Uttara Kannada
Karwar is regarded as the administrative headquarters of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka in India. It is a well placed sea side town on the banks of the Kali River on the west coast of the Indian peninsula. Karwar is located about 15 km away from south of Karnataka-Goa border and 519 km north-west of Bangalore.

'Karwar' also refers to the word Taluk which means the surrounding villages. This is an ancient city majorly used for the sea trade visited by the Arabs, Dutch, Portuguese, French and later the British. A former settlement of the British and the Portuguese was done on the banks of the Kali River.

The famous poet, Ibn Battuta also passed through this route during his journeys and has mentioned about the instances and the place in his poems. There is a significant site to be visited known as Sadashivgad Fort which holds great historical importance with a picturesque locale. It is now open for tourists to visit, as there confluence of the river Kali and the Arabian Sea.

Karwar’s tranquil ambience had inspired the famous poet Rabindranath Tagore to write his first play. The place has beautiful beaches and clean areas attracting a number of people. This is also one of the major nature excursion regions. Out of these unspoilt beaches, Devbagh Beach is outlined by casuarina trees, offers good diving and snorkelling opportunities for adventure seekers in the Arabian Sea. Other beaches include Koodi Bagh Beach and Kaju Bagh Beach that offers scenic views.

Karwar also accounts to a number of historic towns and sacred temples.  Sadashivgad Hill Fort on the outskirts of Karwar provides great picturesque views during sunset. There is Durga Temple and Venkataramana Temple which is the ancient architectures found in the place exhibiting fine ochre paintings. Another tourist attraction is the Octagonal Church and the famous Dargah of Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat. There is a Naganatha Temple where the devotees worship an anthill.

Ivory Beaches are unspoilt and tourist throng in for a pleasant experience. There are many resort beaches offering finest of seafood and vegetarian cuisine. The place is regarded best for a perfect family holiday destination in the months of December through May.

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Yoganand -

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  • Lives in Mysore
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  • 10 Reviews
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  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Worth visiting. Location is truly a visitors delight. Over the period, there are lot of influx from the people connected with defense forces & that has diluted essence of nature for the location. Karwar is surrounded by hills & forests too & are adventurously interesting.
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Varun Hunswadkar

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  • Varun Hunswadkar
  • Lives in Pune
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"Clean beach to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jun 15, 2016
Clean and beautiful beach. It is not deep at all. Best time to go is before sunset, you can see the sunset. After sunset you have bhel and all that chowpatty stuff. In the night you can enjoy the waves in the moonlight.
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Chitra Konkar bhate

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  • Chitra Konkar bhate
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Nice place to holiday"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jun 9, 2016
Karwar is a quiet place but no cleanliness on beaches. As most of the people understand marathi I felt like home. We stayed at hotel navratna deluxe, which is a budget hotel. Its clean and nearer to Rabindranath Tagore beach. Devbagh is quite long and calm beach. I liked the natural designs on the rocks at Gokarna beach. Murudeshwar temple is nice. But as I said cleanliness is necessary. It's high time for our people to learn about civic sense. Personally I will prefer Udupi over Karwar. Kaup, Marwante and Malpe beach all are good.
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Yoganand -

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"Very humble place for a great change"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 8, 2016
Karwar, though a district head quarters, it remained as large town with comfortable living in the midst of natural bless - being vast coast with plain beach towards west & the hills & forest for east, it is just few kilometers for entry to Goa!!!

Ship anchored on the sands of Karwar beach is the ship which had got struck in Karwar waters way back 1980 & it has been very decisively maintained to provide good information about naval war equipments, engine room & all essentials...
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Pavan s revankar

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  • Pavan s revankar
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Relaxing place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 14, 2016
Out of all metropolitan cities guys and family, its an relaxing place, stay, good food, beach and roaming. Nothing else to do. Just to relax place, near to Goa and Dandeli and Devbagh resort. Chats are best in ''Hanuman'' beach chat street, stay in any hotel room. Fish /marketing, finish up the day, relaxing isn't it, my long drive place is Goa.
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Seema Kamat

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  • Seema Kamat
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Nature at its best!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 26, 2015
Karwar railway station is nice scenic beauty spot. It is constructed n little away from main city. So after getting down we went by taxi to the city. We have ancestral house near beach. Beach is clean and well maintained. This beachis named after great poet Ravindr Nath Tagore. Ravindra Nath Tagore has written great thing about Karwar beach and his writings is written on granite near the entrance. Now big Indian Navvy base has come at the beach. Food is OK. You will get mostly vegetarian food. Club Mahindra has resort on the beach.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A visit to the city of beaches in Uttara Kannada"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 11, 2015
Karwar is located around 540 kilometers from the state capital, Bangalore. Karwar is known for its gorgeous scenery, lush greenery and is part of the pristine western ghats. The town has a mixture of Kannada and Marathi cultures. The must-visit attractions in this beautiful town include oyster rock lighthouse, Devbagh beach, Anshi national park, Kali bridge and jai santoshi mata temples. Karwar can be reached via Hubli(185 kilometers), Mangalore (275 kilometers). The roads around this majestic town are quite motorable. The best time to visit Karwar is between October to February.
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Rashmin Joshi

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"Karwar a good alternative to the Goa"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 23, 2015
A nice place not so far from Goa and Gokarna. Having some good beaches, Historical places, couple of islands are just a few kms away and a Kali River. A sleepy town perfect place for leisure and Vacation if you have been to Goa too many a times than You must try Karwar and Gokarna. Both are awesome places and better in terms of beaches (clean, neat, less crowded and peaceful).
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Ami Bhat

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"Pristine beach in a small town"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 27, 2015
Karwar along the Arabian Sea is a beach destination. 50 kms from south Goa, this place is a quiet town with none of the hustle bustle of shacks as in Goa nor the exciting Flea markets that you find there. The main beach - Tagore beach, is beautiful and clean while the Devbagh beach is very scenic. The River Kali flows into the Arabian sea in this town and there is a beautiful bridge where the Sangam happens.

The town has remains of an Old fort and a few temples like the Durga temple. Besides the same, there is a small Warship museum and an aquarium. One can explore the Kurumgad Island from here, which is a good 45 minutes away by boat from the main Tagore beach. The Tagore beach is quite safe to get into water. In the evening, around this beach are several food carts for Chaat and Bhajjis. The entire area is quite lively in the evening.

For tourists, besides the sight seeing, there are some water sports available. We tried out Kayaking, Speed boating and Banana Boat ride. Snorkeling is also, available. However, in April, owing to the weather, the water was not clear and hence, we could not do the same. These activities are on the beach. However, on the other side of Karwar, near the hills, are some other adventure sports like zip line, rappelling and white water rafting. This can be done at destinations like Yana and Dandeli, which are around 50 - 75 kms away from Karwar. We took these trips through Karavali adventure sports. The team here was very friendly and their equipment was quite well maintained.

The town has a few good restaurants to taste the typical Karwar food. A special mention here to Swetha Lunch home, where we had some amazing Fish masala and Dal Khichadi. Don't miss their Kokam lassi and Patroda. The breadfruit bhajjis are also, amazing.

The roads to Karwar from Bangalore are quite good and one can reach here in around 8 - 9 hours. The nearest airport is in Goa.
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Nitish Vijayanand

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  • Nitish Vijayanand
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
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"A must go for the beach lovers- a pristine beach haven"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2015
I am a beach lover. A college student hailing from South India, I began this quest for seeing India's not so famous but uber-cool beaches when I was in the first year of college. My hometown of Trivandrum, Kerala had a few beaches to offer including the amazing Kovalam beach , along with a few spectacular rocky beaches. I had visited Rameshwaram as part of my mission to visit the minimally explored. However, among them all, Karwar reigned supreme.

I travelled to Karwar with two friends of mine from college. Karwar was to be our last destination in a backpack trip from Trivandrum to Goa via Thiruvalla, Kottayam and Ernakulam.

How did we find out about Karwar ?
GOOGLE. The ultimate solution to a travellers quest. Tagore beach caught my eye when I was browsing to find out some exquisite tranquil ocean paradises. Then it was Karwar all the way.

How did we reach Karwar ?
Train. The most comfortable. Make sure you book your tickets in advance as Karwar is on the Konkan Railway, and tickets are hard to come by.
Lots of Volvo buses speed through Karwar, en route to Goa and Mumbai.
I guess the nearest airport should be in Goa.

Where did we stay ?
Not many hotels around. We had some contacts, so we managed to stay in a Government Guest House by the beach. The only thing that separated our guest house and the beach was the national highway.
There is a beautiful resort in an island called Devgarh off the coast of Karwar, but it didnt quite fit in our pocket.

What did we do ?
Not much to do in Karwar if you are not a beach-person.
Some few tourist spots there -
1. A warship museum - A must visit. Its not a museum with warships, but its a museum inside a warship.
2. Marine Aquarium - Not all spectacular, but nevertheless a good timepass.
3. The beach - Tagore Beach is a spectacularly pristine beach, of nice clean sand and some local fisherman. The beach gets better as you walk away from the main entry point. We walked for three kilometres before we finally hit the water. The water was clean, with minimal current but nice tall waves. Best of all, we were a trio who knew nothing about swimming. The beach was extremely shallow so we could confidently wade the waters till at least 5 feet in depth. With the green casuarina dancing in the wind, and no humans in sight for kilometres, we had the time of our lives. Words cant describe how much fun we had.
4. Devgarh island is a must visit. We just visited the beach there. They have hammocks and recliners there, and the security lifeguard is very friendly.
5. Goa is just a couple of hours away by road or rail. We did visit Chicalim in Vasco da Gama, and thanks to our friend, we could see the Goa Shipyard too.

Where we ate ?
We were extreme non vegetarians.
Sea food lovers can have a blast with good quality seafood at a Hotel Amrut, if I'm right. Cheap and spicy, we ate mussels, oyster, calamari and prawn for every meal. Local fish too was made there.
Some street vendors made delicious tandoori chicken, which we snacked on occasionally.

What we have to say -
Karwar is strictly for the beach lovers, looking out for the ultimate getaway in peace and tranquility.
In the words of Nobel Laureate Pandit Rabindranath Tagore,
" The sea beach of Karwar is certainly a fit place in which to realise that the beauty of Nature is not a mirage of the imagination, but reflects the joy of the Infinite and thus draws us to lose ourselves in it."
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