Karwar, situated on the banks of river Kali, is the administrative headquarters of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka. It is a beautiful sea side town, which is located on the Goa-Karnataka border and 519 km from Bangalore. Situated on the western coast, this scenic place is worth a visit.
Karwar Beach History
Karwar gets it name from the word “Karwad” as the British had trouble pronouncing it during the colonial times. In 1862, British made this place their head quarters. Karwar was the sea trade center from the Arabian Sea and Arabs, Dutch, Portuguese, French and British have traded here.
In Arabic, Karwar was called “Baithkhol “ meaning bay of safety. Ibn battuta passed through this tract. Many Indian commodities were exported to foreign countries were brought from the Deccan by routes as this port was considered safe during all seasons. The port of Karwar has five islands, Anjidiv, Kudumgad, Dev gad, Mogral and Shamshigudda protecting the port from heavy winds.
Why Visit Karwar?
Karwar provides you a breathtaking view of its landscape, rugged hills, and clear backwaters. The very view of mountains rising out of the Arabian Sea is mesmerizing. The river Kali is rich with fish, and there are five islands of its coast, from which Devbagh is the largest one. Beaches are in abundance in Karwar and following are some of the scenic beaches.
Located towards the North of Karnataka, Devbagh beach is just minutes from the famous beaches of Goa and gives you a similar enthralling experience. Devbagh Beach is famous for the golden sands and cool breeze, and it also provides adventure sports enthusiasts with a variety of water sports such as fishing, sailing, and dolphin hunting.
If you want to explore the mysterious depths of the sea, then you can go for snorkeling or kayaking with the help of professionals.
The Devbagh Beach is an island beach that faces towards the mighty Arabian Sea on one side and gives a captivating view of the dense Western Ghats on the other. You can enjoy the beauty of dense forests and the vastness of the Sea at the same time.
Taking a shower in the beautiful lakes, which are formed by the little springs belonging to the Western Ghats, is worth experiencing. Don’t miss the spicy sea food when you visit Devbagh.
OctoberMarch is the best time to visit Devbagh when the climate is pleasant and viable for activities.
It is said that the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote his first play inspired from the captivating feel of this beach. Situated 100 km from Goa, Karwar beach is a unique island and well connected both by road and railroad.
The beach is visited by both International and national tourists. A lot of water sports activities are carried out, and one can take the help of professionals. The climate charms and soothes your senses as the cool breeze and warmth of the sun sweep past you. The Karwar beach is famous for its seafood and is prepared in different styles with coconut and spice. The best time to visit Karwar is from September to May.
The beach is located 5 kilometers from Karwar and a mile away from Anjidiv Island near the Goa-Karnataka border. The famous ‘Our Lady of St Anne’s Church’ lies on the Binaga Beach, which was built by the Portuguese. A naval base has been set up by the Indian navy for its operations and is called the Project Seabird. The best time to visit Binaga beach is in July.
The beach has a unique stretch of black sand and offers a range of tourist delights such as dolphin watching, rock climbing, river cruises, and visiting a ship wreck. There are a lot of resorts and tourism organizations that offer you the opportunity to take part in these activities.