Located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, Karwar is a very important tourist destination in the region. The region of Uttara Kannada is quite well-known for its picturesque natural beauty, which comprises of verdant greens, gorgeous scenery and imposing mountains that forms a part of the Western Ghats. Some popular attractions in Karwar include Oyster Rock Lighthouse, Devbagh Beach, Rabindranath Tagore Beach, Durga Devi Temple, Naganath Temple, Guddahalli Peak, Tilmatti Beach, Majali Beach, Shirve Ghat and the Jai Santoshi Mata Temple. Every year, a festival known as “Karavali Utsav”, is organized on the Rabindranath Tagore Beach, which lasts for 3 to 4 days. Various shops and stalls are installed on the Tagore Beach.
How to Reach Karwar from Bangalore
The railway station at Karwar is linked to major cities in India such as Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmadabad, Cochin, Bangalore and Mangalore.
The nearest international airport is located at Goa, which is located around 90 kilometers from Karwar. It is well-connected to all major cities in India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Mangalore. From here onwards, tourists have an option to take a train, bus or hire a taxi to reach Karwar.
The National Highway number 4 connects Bangalore and Karwar. For those travelling via car or taxi cabs, the journey from Bangalore to Karwar will take around 7 to 8 hours. There are both deluxe and semi-deluxe buses that connect Karwar to various cities such as Bangalore, Mangalore and Mysore.
Attractions in Karwar
Bounded by Western Ghats on eastern side and Arabian Sea on west, Karwar is the headquarters of Uttara Kannada. With balmy waves, miles of golden sands, scenic beauty and acres of landscaped greens; Karwar has all the elements of a perfect beach destination.
Oyster Rock Lighthouse
An impressive sight built during the British Raj, Oyster Rock Lighthouse is located on an island close to Karwar. Machine boats commute from Karwar Port to this island and vice-versa. Constructed by the British during the 1860s, the Oyster Rock Lighthouse started operating on 25th March, 1864. There is a dome on the top of the tower, from where the entrance to the lantern room is clearly visible.
Located around 3 kilometers away from Karwar Beach, Devgad Island can be reached by hiring a boat from Baithkol Port in Karwar. The island has a lighthouse which gets power through solar technology and is popular for Oyster Rocks. It is a good place for a camping trip.
Located 4 kilometer away from Karwar Beach and 1 kilometer away from Devbagh Beach, Kurumgad Island is a tortoise shaped island famous for the annual fair that takes place in January. Devotees from all over the world visit Kurumgad Island to catch a glimpse of Lord Narasimha during the festival.
Located at a distance of 2 kilometers from the centre of Karwar, Sadashivgad Fort is perched atop of a mountain and was built by the mighty Marathas warriors. The fort was built on the north bank of Kali River where it accumulates into the Arabian Sea. The citadel had a single arched gateway.