Imagine basking in the sun sitting on a calm serene beach with the most clear waters and lesser crowds. Heaven, isn’t it? 3 hours away from hustle and bustle of the Goa beaches, lies a small place called Karwar which will fulfill all your beach goals. That too without the noise of mainstream beaches. Located in Uttara Kannada, Karwar is beautiful spot on Goa Karnataka border one should visit.
Welcome to the land of gorgeous beaches and untamed natural beauty – The Nirvana known as Karwar!
How to Reach Karwar?
- Nearest Airport -Dabolim (98 kms), Hubli (167 kms), Belgaum (185 kms)
- Nearest Railway Station – Karwar
- Karwar is connected by Day train to Bangalore
- Karwar is connected by Overnight train to Cochin (Ernakulam), Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur, Bangalore, New Delhi, Ahmedabad
- Karwar is connected by Overnight Bus to Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai
Let’s explore what this place holds for all its guests!
The Unparalleled Beaches
Karwar boasts of more than 4 beaches, each unique and special in its own way. You can explore the calm waters at Tagore Beach. One can enjoy the thrill of water sports at Devbagh beach which witnesses the phenomenon of Kali River joining the Arabian Sea. The Lady Beach will give you the sense of relaxation away from hustle and bustle of the city. If you are a shell collecting enthusiast, then you should definitely visit the Tilmati Beach covered in black sand and shells which is situated at a mere 5 kms from Karwar.
Situated around 28 kms from Karwar near Yellapur, Sathodi Falls are one sight which you do not want to miss. It is a beautiful 1 km trail from the parking area to this nature’s wonder and still remains one of the hidden treasures near Karwar. The trail gently descends in the direction of the stream feeding the reservoir and what you see is just extremely gorgeous!
The Karavali Utsav
It is believed that Rabindranath Tagore was so inspired by the quiet beaches of Karwar that some of his work is influenced by Karwar. The Karavali Utsav is celebrated every year in January at the Rabindranath Tagore Beach. It is a big cultural affair with cultural programs and stalls encouraging local craftsmen and industry. Many tourists visit Karwar during this time frame to experience the euphoria of the Karavali Utsav.
Sadashivgad Hill Fort
The fort was built by Raja Sonde in 1698. The fort stands tall on a 200 feet high hill along the banks of river Kali. You will be awe inspired glancing at the view of the surroundings and the river Kali which is astonishing. The British, The Portuguese, the Marathas and a few more rulers had this fort under their control and the fort has a special place in history. One unique feature of this fort is that you will find a temple of Goddess Durga with a Dargah in front of it within the fort premises.
You will reach this amazing tortoise shaped island by taking a 4 km boat ride from Sadashiv jetty on the backwaters of River Kali. The days are spent here in dolphin spotting and the nights get mesmerised with star gazing via a telescope. This island is your go to destination for all the water sports and trekking. The island bears an important place for devotees as it hosts the Narasimha Temple, one of its kind.
Food To Die For
Karwar is the ultimate place for seafood. With hints of Konkani flavors of kokum, coconut and fresh fish one should devour the local preparations. Go for the kubya sukke (oysters), tisrya sukke (clams), kurle ros (crab), bangdya ros (mackerel) and of course the sungta (prawns) preparations. Fret not the vegetarians, you have the solkadi and dali ros to tantalise your taste buds. Visit Shweta Lunch Home and Amrut Hotel for the best of food at unbelievable prices.
Thinking of having a vacation in December? Stylewhack thinks Karwar is the best getaway for a winter vacation. So go and book your tickets right away!