Ideal Trip Duration: 2 Full Days

Base Station: Karwar

Nearest City to Karwar: Hubli (167 Kms), Panjim (Goa) (108 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Karwar: October to February

Peak Season: December to January

State: Karnataka | District: Uttara Kannada

Karwar Weather: Summer: Max- 39°C to Min- 18°C
Winter: Max- 36°C and Min- 13°C

At a distance of 59 km from Gokarna, 70 km from Kumta, 108 km from Panjim, 114 km from Murudeshwar, 167 km from Hubli and 517 km from Bangalore, Karwar is a town and the administrative headquarters of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka. It lies on the west coast of South India at the mouth of the Kali River near Goa - Karnataka Border. Karwar is one of the top beach destinations in Karnataka.

Karwar derived its name from the nearby village of Kadwad. Kade means last and wado means area. Before Indian independence, the name Karwar was spelt Carwar. This is an ancient city majorly used for the sea trade, visited by the Arabs, Dutch, Portuguese, French and later the British. During the 18th century, this city was part of the Maratha Empire and became a British territory after the defeat of the Marathas in the third Anglo-Maratha War. Until 1950, it was a part of the Bombay Presidency.

Karwar's tranquil ambience had inspired the famous poet Rabindranath Tagore and he has dedicated a chapter of his biography to this town. It is regarded as one of the famous tourist places in Karnataka. The town has lovely beaches, beautiful temples and Forts attracting large number of tourists. Various attractions in Karwar are Karwar Beach, Devbagh Beach, Sadashivgad, Dargah of Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat, Durga Temple, Kaju Bagh Beach, Kurumgad Island, Naganatha Temple, Narasimha Temple, Koodi Bagh Beach and Venkataramana Temple. Gokarna is about 60 km from Karwar and can be visited together.

Being a port town, Karwar is a center for agriculture, manufacturing and tourism. Once it is an important trade center especially for pepper. The town is famous for its fine muslin, a plain-woven cotton fabric; the production of which was started in 1638 by Sir William Counten. Also, most of the local artisans are skilled in sandalwood carvings of several items.

The nearest International Airport is Dabolim Airport, Goa, which is about 98 km from Karwar. It has regular flights from Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kolkata, Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore, Malaysia and Nepal. Karwar Railway Station is well connected by train with cities like New Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Ernakulum, Indore, Tirunelveli, Bikaner, Gujarat, Mangalore and Pune. Karwar has a good road network and is connected to all the major cities of Karnataka. It has regular buses from Bangalore, Mangalore, Chennai, Panjim, Mumbai, Pune, Hubli and Shimoga.

The Karavali Utsav is the biggest cultural event held at the Rabindranath Tagore beach in Karwar for four days. Many cultural events are held in which national and international artists present their shows. It is celebrated every year between December and January.

The best season to visit Karwar is from October to February. It usually takes about 2 full days to visit the important places in Karwar.

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Good
STD Code: 08382
Languages Spoken: Kannada, Konkani, Hindi and English
Major Festivals: Karavali Ustav
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HOW TO REACH KARWAR


By Air

Nearest Airport: Vasco Da Gama - Dabolim Airport (97 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Karwar Railway Station (7 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Karwar Bus Station (0 Kms)

21 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN KARWAR


Beach

At a distance of 1 km from Karwar Bus Stand, Karwar Beach, also known as Rabindranath Tagore Beach, is the main beach in Karwar city.

This is the most popular beach in Karwar and also an important place to promote Karwar Tourism. The long stretch of golden sands of the beach is an ideal place to relax and spent time in solitude. It has also a recreational park, colorful music fountain, Toy train, Planetarium, and an aquarium to add to its attraction. The Warship Museum is a special attraction in the beach premises. River Kali joins Arabian Sea at the end of the beach. The sunset view from the Kali Bridge is an amazing and unforgettable experience.

Karwar beach is an ideal place for swimming because there are no sudden depths in the water. The soft sand here makes it ideal for sun bathing. It is quite pleasant to sit on the beach in the evening breeze and spend time while it becomes .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 6.5 km from Karwar Bus Stand, Durga Temple is an ancient temple situated on the peak of Sadashivgad hill fort in Karwar. Situated on the north bank of River Kali, Durga Temple is one of the Karwar tourist places.

Durga Temple, also known as Shanthadurga Temple, is dedicated to Goddess Durga. In the main sanctum sanctorum, the idol of goddess Durga sitting on the lion is very attractive. Believed to be constructed around 1665 CE, the temple is well-known for its architectural beauty and offers beautiful views of the islands and the surroundings areas. According to the history, Raja Shiv Chhatrapati found this temple and he gave the rights of worship in this temple to the local Bhandari family. On the way to Durga Temple, tourists can visit the remains of old fort of Sonda kings. There is also a 17th century blue towered mosque in front of this temple and is dedicated to Peer Shamsuddin Kharobat.

The locales pray to the goddess with great faith and also the .....


Beach

At a distance of 8 km from Karwar Bus Stand and 5 km from Majali Beach village, Devbagh is a beautiful beach located nearer to Karnataka-Goa border on the northern side of Kali River. This is a private beach and is an ideal place for the beach lovers.

Devbagh Beach is one of the most beautiful and enthralling beaches in India and also one of the best places to visit in Karwar. This is a special island beach that faces the mighty Arabian Sea on one side and the dense Western Ghats on the other side. It is known for its endless stretch of golden sand, the clear blue waters of the Arabian Sea and the line of casuarina trees which dot the beach. This is the place where the renowned poet Sri Rabindranath Tagore had visited and lost in the scenic beauty of the nature way back in 1916.

Devbagh Beach is not only famous for the cool breeze and the golden sands, but is also famous for the water sports and fun. Here one can see people engaged .....


Beach

At a distance of 10 km from Karwar Bus Stand, Majali Beach is located at Majali Village, which is a small coastal town lies on the northern tip of coastal Karnataka and just a few kilometers South of Goa. This 4.5 km long beach is situated towards north of Devbagh beach. Indulging in activities at Majali Beach is one of the top things to do in Karwar.

Majali Beach is a renowned attraction in Karwar and is known for its sea facing cottages and resorts. Majali Beach Village offers six Row Cottages with all the modern amenities. Apart from this, the resort also boasts of wonderful Wood House and Tree House. The resorts located along the beach provide with facilities like private balcony, sit-outs, in-house laundry and many more. Majali Beach Village has a fine restaurant that offers delicious local and coastal cuisine.

The Resort also offers recreation facilities like boating, fishing, kayaking, pedaling, a swing on the lake etc. .....


Beach

At a distance of 13 km from Karwar Bus Stand, 2.5 km from Majali Bus Stop, Tilmati or the Black Sand Beach is located at Majali village in Karnataka. It is situated just beside Polem Beach of South Goa.

Tilmati Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Karnataka and one of the top places to visit in Karwar. At this little beach one can find coarse black sand of basaltic rock making the beach black in color. Tilmati literally translates to sesame sand or the sand that looks like sesame. This stretch of black sand, spread over 200 m, is said to be formed when the waves hit the basaltic rocks that are concentrated in this area. It is also believed that the Arabian Sea dumps the fine black sand brought by River Kali to this place. Majali Beach and Polem Beach that are adjacent to this beach have normal white sand.

Tilmati Beach in Karwar is an ideal place for picnicking. It is a tourist destination suitable for those who want .....


Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 1.1 km from Karwar Bus Stand, the INS Chapal warship museum is a naval museum situated at Rabindranath Tagore beach.

INS Chapal is a Russian made OSA missile boat. It was launched as a missile launcher warship by the Indian Navy. Its code name is K94. The 245-tonne ship has a length of 38.6 m, beam of 7.6 m and speed of 37 knots. This small ship was decommissioned in 2004 and turned into a museum. It is one of the 3 ship museums in India and probably the only one in Karnataka. It is one of the popular places of sightseeing in Karwar.


INS Chapal was a star of the 1971 Indo Pak War and missiles from the ship had bombarded Karachi causing large scale damage. It was one of the main reasons behind India's victor in the war. The crew of the ship were awarded prestigious gallantry award for their bravery and courage. It included 2 Param Veer Chakras and 8 Veer Chakras.

After its long tenure of dedicated service, it was decided to turn INS Chapal .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 4 km from Karwar Bus Stand and 1 km from Nagnath temple, Jai Santoshi Mata Temple is a religious attraction located at Nandangadda on the banks of River Kali in Karwar.

The main deity of the temple is Sri Jai Santoshi Mata, the daughter of Lord Ganesha. Santoshi Mata was said to be the reincarnation of Goddesses Durga, who symbolizes power and stands for moral order. The temple is maintained by Jai Santoshi Mata Kshetra Saunsthan. Sri Maha Kali and Sri Ganesh are also worshipped here along with Mata Santoshi temple. The main Maha Kali temple is located on the Kali Dweep Island in the center of river Kali.

Deepotsav is celebrated at this temple on all Tuesdays and Fridays. During this occasion, the entire site is lit with lamps. Ugadi Lakshadeepotsav is held at Jai Santoshi Mata Temple during the month of Shravan.

According to the local belief, by doing the 16 Friday Vrata and Udyapana people got rid of their poverty and started putting the step towards .....


Beach

At a distance of 4.5 km from Karwar Bus Stand and 3 km from Devbagh Beach, Kodibag Beach or Koodi Bagh Beach is located at the confluence of the Kali River and the Arabian Sea in Karwar.

Koodi Bagh is among the most beautiful shorelines of Karwar and also one of the tourist places in Karwar. The meeting point of the Kali River and the Arabian Sea is a spectacular sight to watch. This beach is situated at the northern end of the Karwar Beach.

This beach offers an amazing view of sunset. It is good to have a relaxing time with some fun at this Beach. Long leisurely walks in the cool beach sands will be a soothing experience. This beach is very clean and is a perfect destination for adventure lovers. At this palm-fringed beach various activities such as canoeing, kayaking, paddling, banana boat riding and many more can be enjoyed.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 5 km from Karwar Bus Stand, Nagnath Temple is an ancient temple situated on the banks of Kali River at Karwar Town of Uttar Kannada District in Karnataka State. This temple is a protected monument and is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India.

Nagnath Temple is the popular and most historical temple which is the main attraction of the Karwar. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Thousands of devotees worship anthill which is believed to be the home of powerful Nag Devta (snake god).

Maha Shivaratri and Kartika Poornima are the major festivals celebrated with great pomp and fervor at this temple. Large numbers of devotees flock to this temple on these occasions.

Timings: 6 AM - 7 PM


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 5 km from Karwar Bus Stand, Sadashivgad Fort is an ancient hill fort situated at Sadashivgad in Karwar. Built on a 200 feet high hill-top, the fort is best places to visit in Karwar.

Sadashivgad fort was built in 1715 AD by Basavling Raja of Sonda and named it as Sadashivgad after his father Sadashivling Raja. The fort has witnessed the transfer of power between many rulers, including Portuguese, Marathas and British. Portuguese called it as Forte de Piro or Pito means Pir Fort due to the Muslim Dargah present here. Currently this fort is in ruins, as most of its structures were destroyed in 1783 by General Mathews of East India Company.

The old Karwar fort was pulled down and its material were used to build Sadashivgad. It had about 8 m high ramparts which were about 2 m wide at the top. There were towers and openings for guns. The citadel was at the highest point. An outwork was on the west, near the sea at the base of the cliff and was called Pani Killa. .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 6.7 km Karwar Bus Stand, Dargah of Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat is one of the oldest Dargah situated near Durga temple on Sadashivgad hill in Karwar. This blue towered mosque belongs to 17th Century is a place of pilgrimage for the Muslims. This is listed as one of the 10 most beautiful Dargahs in the Coastal areas of India and also one of the famous points of interests in Karwar.

This mosque is dedicated to Baghdadi saint called Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat. Hazrat Sayed Shah Shamsuddin, the 11th son of Ghouse Azam Abdul Qadir Jilani of Baghdad, was a Sufi saint who came to Chittakula near Karwar from Bijapur. The entire Sadashivgad area is called Chittakula. The Dargah named after him is also famous as the Sadashivgad Dargah.

Sadashivgad is situated on the right bank of the river Kali, closed to its confluence with the Arabian Sea and Karwar is on the left bank. The sangam, located near the Western Ghats, is breath taking even today and the area attracted .....


Beach | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 7 km from Karwar, Anjadiva Island or Anjadip Island is located in the Arabian Sea in South Goa. Due to the fact that the Island situates about 2 km from Binaga Village in Karnataka it is widely believed that Anjadiva belongs to this State but legally it is a part of Goa.

The Anjadip Island occupied an area of 1.5 sq km, it is the largest of the Karwar Panchadiva chain of five Islands and the other four are Kurnagal, Mudlingud, Devgad and Devragad. Anji stands for five in Tamil and it denotes the 5th Island. This idyllic Island is home to the Indian Navy.

The legendary sailor Vasco Da Gama and a Jewish trader Gaspar Da Gama requested the king of Portugal to create a naval fort at the region of Anjadiva to gain the administrative control of Goa. Anjadiva Fort is present on the Anjadip Island. Currently the fort lies in ruins and the Church of Our Lady of Springs which was constructed in the year 1505 is close .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 8.5 km from Karwar Bus Stand, Maruti temple is one of the famous pilgrimage sites in Karwar and is located on the Kadwad Main Road. This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, an ardent devotee of Lord Sri Ram. The temple was built in north Indian nagara architecture with white marble. The giant statue of Lord Hanuman is very attractive and also one of the famous Karwar attractions.

The main attraction of temple is the annual festival held in December which is influenced by rangoli art. Beautiful rangoli arts are drawn and displayed on several streets surrounding the temple during the festival night. Thousands of people visit this jatra only to see such rangoli arts. The rangoli festival also witnesses innovation in the designs of the rangolis created by local artists. Apart from Gods and Goddesses, portraits of many famous actors, sport persons, politicians and others could be seen in the form of rangoli designs.

Saturdays and Tuesdays are the most auspicious .....


Beach

At a distance of 4 km off the coast of Karwar, Kurumgad or Koormagad Island is a tortoise shaped island in the Arabia Sea and is adjacent to Devbagh.

This tortoise shaped island is one of the five islands in this region; the other four islands are Devbagh, Sanyasi, Anjadip and Oyster. The Island is now privately owned and belongs to a Coffee Planter Suresh Mathias.

It bears a very old fort which is said to be related to Maratha rulers. This island contains some sightseeing places like Narasimha Temple and Kurumgad Beach. The hilltop Narasimha Temple attracts thousands of devotees during the annual jatra held on Pushya Purnima every year in early January. One has to climb the mountain to access the temple and thus the trekkers can have some good time here. Large number of people from Goa & Karnataka flocks to this island in January to offer prayers to Lord Narasimha. The Island has a sweet water pond despite the fact that it is located in mid Arabian Sea.

There are .....


Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 10 km from Karwar Bus Stand, Guddali Peak is a mountain peak situated in Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka. This mountain peak is located at an elevation of 1800 feet above sea level and surrounded by Belikeri River on the west and Kali River on the east. This is amongst the tallest peaks of Haiderghat Range and one of the popular Karwar places to visit.

Guddalli Peak takes its name from the village Guddahalli that is nearer to the base of the hill. It is flanked by thick cover of woods and river meandering through the region. The peak offers an excellent view of the seashore and the Karwar town.

Travellers need to take a 5 km trek through the mountain jungle, crossing brooks and springs, in order to reach Guddali Peak.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 11 km from Karwar Bus Stand, Oyster Rock Lighthouse, also known as Devgad Island Lighthouse, is a lighthouse situated on Oyster Rock in Devgad Island. Oyster Rocks are the group of small islands and rocks - Devgad being the main summit on which the Lighthouse is situated.

The Lighthouse was constructed by the British during 1860 CE and was commissioned into service on 25th March 1864 CE. The colonial styled architecture of this light house is really astonishing. The tower has a dome on the top, from where the entrance to the lantern room can be accessed. The first order optical equipment was removed and replaced by 2nd order optical equipment and 55 mm PV burner in the year 1933 CE.

Tourists can reach this island with the help of machine boats, which are available from Karwar Port.


Waterfall

At a distance of 2 km from Chendia and 12 km from Karwar, Chendia falls, also known as Nagarmadi falls, is a small waterfall located in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka.
Nagarmadi fall passes underneath a huge rock. This is a very unique waterfall falling from just 10ft height and it creates a big cave. There is a pool at the bottom of the falls where tourists can enjoy swimming.

Chendia village can be reached by bus from Karwar. Motorable road is available for further 1 km which can be reached by own/private vehicles. From here one has to trek about 1 km to reach Chendia falls.

The best time to reach this falls is from July to October.


Beach

At a distance of 70 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 65 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 36 km from Margao Railway Station, Palolem Beach is one of the famous & best beaches in Goa and top tourist attraction in South Goa.

Palolem Beach is also known as 'Paradise Beach'. This beach stretches between two magnificent headlands and the beach is lined with towering coconut palms. The beach is about a mile long and it provides seclusion and idyllic scenery. Palolem Beach is a crescent shape beach and one can soak in its views from the southern end till the northern end in one glimpse of the eyes. Both ends have natural jutting rocks trying to touch the sea. It has little wooded islands to the north and a village behind the beach.

At the northern end of the beach there is a fresh water stream and across the stream lies a small undeveloped island that can be accessed by just swimming across .....

Distance (From Karwar): 41 Kms
Trip Duration (From Karwar - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 41 km from Karwar, 17 km from Anshi and 16 km from Kaiga, Kadra Dam is one of the popular dams and is situated in Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka. The dam was primarily built as hydroelectric project for supply of water to turbines of electric power generating station. The project was completed by KPCL. It is one of the popular Karwar tourist places.

Kadra Dam was constructed in 1997 in the Tapi and Tadri river basin across the Kali River. It is an earthen dam with a length of 2313 m and height is 40.5 m. The dam is the integral part of the Kaiga Project. The Kadra power house has been built on the left bank of the river with an installed capacity of 150 MW. The power house integrates three 50 MW Kaplan turbines which are coupled to the generating units. The annual generation is 570 MU. The design head is 32 m.

The Kadra Dam site normally experiences heavy rainfall measuring up to approximately 4600 mm in .....


Beach | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 58 km from Karwar, 75 km from Murudeshwar, 21 km from Ankola, 165 km from Hubli, 163 km from Panjim and 514 km from Bangalore, Gokarna is a small town in the Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka. It is a famous pilgrimage center and also one of the top destinations of Karnataka Tourism because of its beautiful beaches.

The prime attraction of the Gokarna is the Mahabaleshwar Temple which houses the Atmalinga. The Atmalinga was given to Ravana by Lord Shiva himself. Ravana was stopped here for his evening prayers while going back to Lanka. He had been instructed by Lord Shiva not to keep the Atmalinga on the ground, since it would be fixed wherever it touched ground. Atmalinga was a powerful weapon and devatas did not want Ravana to get such a powerful weapon, fearing destruction. .....

Distance (From Karwar): 59 Kms
Trip Duration (From Karwar - Including Travel): Full Day
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Waterfall

At a distance of 80 km from Karwar, 30 km from Yellapur, Devkar Falls, also called as Vajramala Falls, is one of the beautiful waterfalls in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. This falls is visible from Devakar village and is one of the best places to visit in Karwar.

Devakar Waterfalls is situated in a small island called Devakar which is surrounded by the Kadra Dam backwaters. The height of waterfalls is about 300 feet and the water of the falls reach Kaiga reservoir. While falling, it glows like a Diamond (Vajra), so locally this falls is called as Vajramala falls. This falls is originated from Bare stream. Due to the lack of publicity this beautiful falls is still unknown to lot of people.

There is no well-developed road to reach the falls and during rainy season it becomes inaccessible. One has to cross the backwaters of Kadra reservoir to reach Devkar Village. There is a bus that runs from Kadra to Devkar Bus Stop, from .....

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