Karwar - Inspiration for Tagore's 'Prakritir Pratishodh'!
A beach blessed with nature's grandeur Karwar is believed to be inspiration to the legendary composition of Rabindranath Tagore - Prakritir Pratishodh. Located in the Uttara Kannada flanked by Goa and Gokarna along with Devbagh and Kurumgad off its coast, Karwar is an important tourist destination in northern Karnataka.
Karwar is famous for the Tagore beach at the confluence of the Kali river and the Arabian sea. Karwar beach is a thin strip of white sand beach just ideal for a walk. About 6 kms from Karwar town across the Kali river is the Sadashivgad fort built on a small hill. There is an ancient durga temple near the Sadashivgad fort. The Karwar port earlier known as Baithkol is also worth a visit. Karwar jetty is the base to visit the Devbagh and Kurumgad.
swimming is not advisable at Karwar
Lighthouse in Devbagh
Devbagh 10 nautical miles off the Karwar coast has one of the oldest lighthouses in this region which was constructed in the 1860s, during the British rule in India. With a dome and a lantern room the lighthouse has a colonial style of architecture.
Devbagh just off the coast of Karwar is a haven for those interested in water sports and is one of the rare destinations in the country where you can indulge in snorkeling and scuba diving. Scuba diving in Devbagh is run by trainers affiliated to PADI - Professional Association of Diving Instructors. There are options of learning and certifying yourselves in Scubadiving or just an introduction!
Kurumgad a tortoise-shaped island is located approximately 3 nautical miles off Devbagh is also a site for snorkeling!
Karwar Naval Museum..
INS Chapal, the museum ship is docked at the Rabindranath Tagore beach in Karwar since November 2006. Visitors to the museum are treated to a video presentation on the big screen which is informative and gives details of the Indo-Pak conflict of 1971, when INS Chapal destroyed the Karachi harbour beyond recognition forcing Pakistan to surrender.