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 Karwar (Karnataka)

Karwar is the capital of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka, India; it is a seaside town situated on the west coast of the Indian subcontinent. The town lies about 15 kilometres south of the Karnataka-Goa border.

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  • Karwar Geography and Climate

    Being a coastal area, it receives a lot of rainfall. In fact most part of the year it is raining here. This keeps the climate in Karwar refreshingly pleasant.

  • Best time to visit Karwar

    Best Time To Visit

    For a Tour to Karwar, the best time to visit is between the months of December and May.

  • Karwar Orientation

    The general orientation of the Karwar beach in N-S direction. The sediment found on the beach is fine in nature. The total length of the beach is 3200 m and the width varies from 70-170 m. This beach is open type and the nature of the beach is moderate.

  • Karwar Near Getaways

    Explore the land of Karwar, visiting the places around it, while on a Tour to Karwar –

    • Rabindranath Tagore beach:

      Situated about 3 km away from Karwar is Devbagh, a hub for diving and snorkeling. This beach, the most attractive one in Karwar, is said to have motivated Rabindranath Tagore to write his first play.

    • Jog Falls:

      One of the highest waterfalls in India, Jog Falls situated about 50 km from Karwar. Jog Falls is formed by the Sharavathi River, gushing down from a height of 253 meters.

    • Yana:

      A popular destination for rock climbing, Yana or Bhairavakshetra is an important pilgrim centre located in a beautiful valley, 60 km from Karwar. Yana can be reached by trekking a distance of about 10 km by foot amidst dense forest.

  • Karwar Distance(s)

    Karwar is the capital of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka, India; it is a seaside town situated on the west coast of the Indian subcontinent. The town lies about 15 kilometres south of the Karnataka-Goa border.

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  • How to reach Karwar by Road

    Karwar is connected by road to Goa, Belgaum, Hubli, Dharwar, Mangalore and Mysore.

  • How to reach Karwar by Rail

    The closest railway station is located at Shirwad (6 km), on the Konkan Railway route.

  • How to reach Karwar by Air

    Nearest Airport - Mangalore

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    Karwar Festivals and culture

  • Karwar Festivals

    Fairs And Festivals

          Rabindranath Tagore beach:

          Karavali Utsav: This is the biggest cultural event in Karwar, held on Rabindranath Tagore beach for four days. Recitals by famous artists lighten up this cultural extravaganza.
        * Shivaratri:

          Every year on the day of Shivaratri, Lord Shiva is worshipped at Yana, accompanied by a colorful fair. Thousands of people visit the fair.

  • Karwar Culture

    "karavali festival" in karwar is goood time to visit for tourists to realise the culture and beauty of karwar.. and obviousely Konkan maratha community is the leading community in karwar as per the servey

    Ganesha festival is widely celebrated through out the town. One can see the ganesha idol worshipped in most of the places around the town during the festival season. Artist from various places take part in the best idol competition during this time. In the month of Jan or Feb Karavali festival is celebrated on the Tagore beach. This is the event of 10 days where people display their talents by various means. This is one of the biggest fair to watch and enjoy. Film stars, singers and politicians visit during this time to celebrate and participate in the events.

  • Karwar Religious Places

    Narasimha Temple


    Built a several years ago, one of the historical temple, is situated on top of a hill at Kurumgad, a tortoise shaped island, which is about 6 km from Karwar. The temple is dedicated to Narasimha, one of the 10 incarnations of Lord Maha Vishnu. One can trek up the rugged hill at Karumgad Island to pray at the Narasimha Temple.

    The annual festival, Yathra, held in January, attracts thousands of devotees from far and near. Kurumgad Island can be reached by traveling by ferry from Sadhashivgad Boat Jetty on the backwaters of river Kali at Karwar. The island is just a kilometer from Devbagh beach, which is easily accessible from Karwar.

  • Karwar Monuments

    Around Karwar (Distances and directions from Karwar) Gokarna:
    60 kms south of Karwar, this coastal town has, among other things, an ancient temple with the Atmalinga. Gokarna is also a famous centre for Sanskrit learning. The 0m Beach and the Kutle Beach nearby are also worth a visit.
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    60 kms from here is Yana - a deserted township with unique rock formations. Yana is also a popular rock- climber's haunt.

    Bhatkal, 133 kms south, is a historical township. The ancient port town has temples of Vijayanagar times and many interesting Jain monuments. 16 kms away is the scenic holy place of Murdeshwar. The temple here attracts a lot of devotees and tourists. The Pigeon Island is off the Murdeshwar coast. The beaches at Gokarna, Bhatkal and Murdeshwar are undiscovered and thankfully unspoilt.

    Banavasi. 140 kms from Karwar, is a temple town mentioned in the Hindu epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

    Shivganga Falls. 140 kms away, amidst scenic surroundings, the river Souda falls into a deep valley from a height of 74m to form the falls.


    135 kms south, is a historical township. The ancient port town has temples of Vijayangar times and many interesting Jain monuments. 16 kms away is the scenic holy place of Murdeshwar. The temple here attracts a lot of devotees and tourists. The Pigeon Island is off the Nurdeshwar coast. The beaches at Goanna, Bhatakal and Murdeshwar are undiscovered and thankfully unspoilt.

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    Karwar Entertainment and Night Life

  • Karwar Adventure

    Apart from wildlife watching, water sports and other outdoor adventures form the main activity here. There several camps and resorts along the Kali which offer white water rafting, coracle rides, kayaking and canoeing. Dandeli is a bird-watcher?s haven, and crocodile spotting is another popular sport, best seen from October to early March.

    If you are interested in experiencing tribal living of the Gowlis and the Siddis visit the many adjoining villages, located inside the wildlife sanctuary.


  • Karwar Shopping

    As for shopping in Karwar, the town is famous for its fine muslin textiles.

  • Famous To Eat at Karwar

    The local food of the  Karwar region is spicy and flavourful. Do check out the local specialities such as Bunpuri, Kalwa Sukka, Oyster Bondas and Misul.

  • Karwar Museum and Hill Stations

     KARWAR: The INS Chapal Warship Museum and the statue of Major Ram Raghoba Rane was inaugurated on Tagore Beach on November 7 2006.

    These would complement the beautiful beach with a toy train and a musical fountain and boost tourism to the district, according to Ritesh Kumar Singh, Deputy Commissioner.

    Talking to reporters on the significance of the warship museum, Ritesh Singh said Karwar town had the third such museum in the country after the warship museum at Essel World, Mumbai and Kursura Museum at Vishkhapatnam.

    INS Chapal with a capacity to fire surface-to-surface missiles with a range of 24 kilometres for anti-aircraft warfare, was decommissioned by the Indian Navy on May 5, 2005 -- 29 years after its commissioning in 1976.

    The warship was handed over to the district administration on April 8 2006 year for its conversion into a warship museum.

    The National Ship Design and Research Centre, Visakhapatnam drafted a techno-economic feasibility report and accordingly the contract for Rs 1.5 crore was given to G N Das and Co.,Visakhapatnam.

    The warship was renovated with minor modifications wherever necessary, with seven airconditioners and display of videos through a 50-inch LCD TV and an auditorium.

    Mannequin sculptures, naval items, defence and tourism photographs and tallies on all the equipment were displayed inside.

  • Gardens and Parks at Karwar

    Udupi     A garden of pleasure

           Apart from being a world famous tourist and  pilgrimage centre, Udupi District boasts of  beautiful and magnificent beaches, A must visit for nature lovers, adventurers, and back-packers, the coastline is littered with countless virgin beaches, some of the favorite among these are

       Kaup This lovely beach lies 10 km south of Udupi, a favorite spot for tourists and the locals alike, is a clean and a very good picnic spot.  A huge old Light House situated here, provides a visitor a glorious sight. This is also a favorite hunt for major Film Productions. Visitors to the Light House are allowed during office hours, on payment of a small fee.


  • Lake at Karwar

    The most popular attraction in Karwar is its unspoilt beaches. Devbagh Beach with its soft sands bordered by casuarina trees, offers good diving and snorkelling opportunities in the Arabian Sea. Other beaches in the area include Koodi Bagh Beach and Kaju Bagh Beach.

    Situated on the riverbanks of Kali river, Dandeli falls in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, which has an interesting culture, drawing influences from both Karnataka and Maharashtra. It is the ideal destination for nature lovers as it offers a mix of adventure sports and wildlife. The Kali River, the Western Ghats in the background and the surrounding reserve forests, throw up various activities for adventure- and eco-tourism.


  • Karwar Seasonals

    Best Season      :October to May

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    Karwar Tips

  • Karwar Tourist Offices

    Tourism Info:

    Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation
    # 49, 2nd Floor, Khanija Bhavan,

    West Entrance,

    Race Course Road
    - 560 001
    Telephone: 91-080-2352901 / 2352902 / 2352903

  • Karwar ATM's

    State Bank of India
    KARWAR, KARNATAKA - 581 301

    State Bank of Indi
    KARWAR, KARNATAKA - 581 324

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