With gentle waves, miles of golden sand, a tranquil ambience and acres of emerald foliage, Karwar has all the makings of a perfect holiday destination. The captivating landscape is ringed with rugged hill ranges, thick woods and mysteriously deep valleys. This paradise inspired the great Indian muse Rabindranath Tagore to pen his first play. Since then, this little town has continued to inspire all its visitors. The Sadashivgad Hill Fort with a Durga Temple, the unique octagonal church, the 300-year-old Venkatrama Temple with ochre paintings and the Naganatha Temple, where an ant hill is worshipped, are sure to make a lasting impression. Devbagh is the most enchanting of the five islands along the Karwar coast. Visits to Anjidev Island are restricted.
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.