A beach that ranges from sandy to rocky, wide roads shaded by palm trees, and the possibility of sighting dolphins—what more could you possibly want from a holiday? Situated in Karnataka, at the border of Maharashtra and Karnataka, Karwar has picked up as a destination for weekend getaways, especially from Bangalore, Goa or Mumbai.
An aerial view of Karwar will show you dense, green forested hills rolling into the rich blue sea with a strip of sand breaking its fall. The fact that it isn’t too commercial or crowded with tourists only adds to its charm.
From time immemorial, Karwar, situated at the mouth of the River Kali, has been an important port and sheltered harbor. Agriculture, manufacturing and tourism are the main sources of income for this beach town. So serene and happy is this place that Rabindranath Tagore, well-known Bengali poet and Nobel Laureate, would often come here, sit by the water and write. He wrote in detail about his experience in Karwar and, in turn, Karwar named a beach after the great man.
There are a number of beaches that are worth visiting in Karwar—while some are good for swimming, others are better just to sit on the rocks and ponder by. There is the Wartime Museum at one end of the Rabindranath Tagore beach which will intrigue even those visitors who have no interest in maritime affairs. Festivals and programs are often held on this beach as well, so if you want a taste of the local culture, this is your hotspot.
From the Devbagh beach, you can take a boat ride to the nearby islands. Keep your eyes peeled on the way—sometimes, in the middle of the ocean, you’ll see a snout peeking out or the shiny body of the entire dolphin jumping out towards the sun. It’s an experience unmatched by any other.
Karwar is a pretty small town, so you can walk to almost anywhere. Auto-rickshaws are also abundantly available, but again it is best to fix the fare beforehand. Buses also run through the city but ask for the routes before hopping into one. Driving around Karwar in your own car or hiring one is definitely the best way of getting around.
On a daily basis there are approximately 103 flights that operate at Goa International Airport.IndiGo, Air India and SpiceJet are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
Besides flying you can also reach Karwar through train.Karwaris one of the most popular train stations in Karwar.On an average about 57 trains pass through Karwar on a daily basis.Goa to Karwar, Udupi to Karwar, Mangalore to Karwarare some of the most popular routes to Karwar with 69, 68, 67 trains weekly respectively.
By road Karwar is surrounded by Margao, Vasco Da Gama, Mormugao which are 34.78 km, 44.59 km, 44.63 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.
Karwar has a total of 2 hotels.There are 2 hotels in Karwar with the popular ones being Sterling Holidays Emerald Bay, Leisure Vacations Tarang Resort etc.