Karwar – little known beach of Karnataka

Karwar – the beach city sandwiched between the Arabian Sea on one side and the Western Ghats on the other is an unexplored tourist destination. Once an important trade centre of the British, French, Portuguese and the Arabs, Karwar is developing into favorite destination of tourists. The charming town is complemented by glorious weather, an excellent beach and picturesque surroundings with hills and valleys of the Western Ghats. This little known beach destination has all the content to mesmerize you by its beauty and solitude.


View of Karwar beach

Where is Karwar?

The port town of Karwar is the district head quarter of Uttara Kannada, in Karnataka, India. It is the north-west point in Karnataka, just couple of kilometers away from Goa.

About Karwar

Karwar is endowed with rare natural attributes including unspoilt beaches along the Arabian Sea, lush forests and the rugged hills of the Western Ghats to the east. The port town of Karwar situated on the banks of the mighty Kali River has all the makings of a perfect holiday with gentle waves, palm-laced beaches, silver sand, tranquil atmosphere and stretches of emerald foliage.
The captivating landscape of the entire region had once motivated the great Indian poet and Nobel Prize Winner, Rabindranath Tagore to write his first play and remembered Karwar by writing, -“The sea beach of Karwar is certainly a fit place in which to realise that beauty of nature is not a mirage of imagination, but reflects the joy of the infinite and thus draws us to lose ourselves into it.”

Sightseeing in and around Karwar

Rabindranath Tagore Beach – This is the most popular of all the beaches in Karwar which even acts as inspiration for the great poet Rabindra Nath Tagore. Golden sands of the beach are an ideal place to relax and spent time in solitude.


Mighty Jog Fall near Karwar

Jog Falls – This is one of the highest waterfalls of India and is situated 50 Km from Karwar. Gushing waters of river Sharavathi abruptly falls from a height of around 253 mt forming the picturesque Jog falls. The fall is extremely popular among tourists world over.
Dargah of Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat – The famous Dargah of Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat, a Baghdadi Saint is a place of tourist interest as well as for pilgrims.
Naganatha Temple – This temple is unique since an anthill is worshipped here and is extremely popular among tourists.
Kurmagad Island – This nearby island has an old fort and a Narasimha shrine, worth visiting. This island is a popular weekend destination to spend time in solitude.
The Sadashivgad Hill Fort – The hill with a Durga Temple, the unique octagonal church, the 300-year old Venkatrama Temple with ochre paintings is another prime tourist attraction.
Devbagh – This is the most appealing of the five islands along the Karwar beach and is situated 3 Km from Karwar.


Rock formation at Yana

Yana – A popular destination for rock climbing, Yana or Bhairavakshetra is an important pilgrim centre located in a beautiful valley, 60 km from Karwar.
Magod Falls – Situated at a distance of around 80 Km from Karwar is the spectacular Magod falls formed by the cascades of river Bedthi. Surrounding the picturesque falls are dense and serene jungles that enhance its beauty.

How to reach Karwar?

By Air – Nearest airports are Goa (100 Km), Mangalore (273 Km) and Belgaum (167 Km).
By Rail – Karwar is well connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mangalore, Cochin and other important places through the Konkan Railway. The nearest railway station is Shirwad 6 Km from Karwar on the Konkan railway.
By Road – There are buses to Karwar from Bangalore (520 Km) and from Goa (100 Km). One can reach Karwar by bus from Mangalore (273 Km) and Belgaum (167 Km) too.

Where to stay at Karwar?

Estuary View Resort – This amazing Karwar resort is graced with some of the most breath-taking beach views and panoramic sun-sets mother nature can provide. This awe-inspiring landscape with majestic golden beaches and rugged cliff tops will melt the heart of any seasoned traveller; and warm the cockles of a tired business executive…

Overlooking the confluence of the Kali River and the Arabian Sea, Estuary View Resort benefits from the juxtaposition of Ravindranath Beach and Devbagh Island. Karwar beach is one of the last bastions of a combination of tranquil and beautiful beaches; you can get seclusion when you want it , enjoy lot of activates like mountain treks, water sports and at the same time spend some relaxing time while getting an authentic ayurvedic oil massage.

To know more about this unique staying option at the little known beach town of Karnataka, log on to the website of the resort at: http://www.estuaryviewresorts.com/ you can also call at the resort’s reception at: +91-8382265988

Majali Beach Village – Located in Devbagh near the scenic Karwar town in Northern Karnataka, Majali Beach Village is another great staying option in Karwar. Nestled in nature, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life the resort transports its guests to an idyllic fantasy land filled with fun, fun and only fun. This place is ideal for the ones who want to take a break from their busy schedule to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

This unique resort has six chain Row Cottages (2AC & 4NON-AC) designed on the natural village theme with the front side facing the sea and the back side facing the lake. The cottages are well furnished with all modern en suite bathrooms, dressing tables, bamboo sofas, ceiling fans, fridges. All of the cottages have a veranda facing the sea and a wooden balcony facing the lake giving a beautiful view of the nature.

To know more about this unique staying option at the little known beach town of Karnataka, log on to the website of the resort at: http://majaliresorts.com/ or you can also call at the resort’s reception at: +91-9845101240

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About Food

Karwar is famous for variety of spicy sea food and vegetarian meals garnished with coconut, rare to find elsewhere. Delicacies like Kurle Ambat, Bangada Fry, and Gujjo should be tasted. So when you are in Karwar don’t miss out the local cuisines of this little known beach destination.

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  4. […] The captivating landscape of the entire region had once motivated the great Indian poet and Nobel Prize Winner, Rabindranath Tagore to write his first play and remembered Karwar in his writings as well. Sadashivgad Hill Fort on the outskirts of Karwar, which encompasses the famous Durga Bhavani Temple, provides great picturesque views during sunset. Durga Bhavani Temple and Venkataramana Temple which is the ancient architectures found in the place exhibits fine ochre paintings. Another tourist attraction is the Octagonal Church and the famous Dargah of Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat. To know more about the unspoilt beaches of Karwar, how to reach there, where to stay and what to see, click HERE. […]

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