Karwar is a coastal city in Uttara Kannada, situated on the banks of river Kali. It is a delightful, shielded neighbour of Goa in terms of beaches, adventure sports, food and nature. Karwar, the administrative headquarters of Uttara Kannada is a gorgeous town situated on the western coast of the country.
Karwar derives its name from 'Karwad'. The British made Karwar their headquarters for sea trade in 1862. Karwar port is ensconced by five islands namely Anjidiv, Kudumgad, Devgad, Mogral, and Shamshigudda. These islands protect the port from being destroyed by monster winds. Ibn Battuta, who passed through Karwar, called it 'Baithkol' in his works. Karwar served as a training site for the Indian Navy during World War II.
Karwar offers a stunning view, replete with beautiful landscapes, clear backwaters, and rocky hills. It feels as though the hills are surging out of Arabian Sea and this makes for an utterly beautiful sight.
The main industry of Karwar is agriculture. This place has many lovely beaches. As it follows, Karwar is known for its seafood cuisine. The fish curry here is simply brilliant, yet different. They use simple ingredients such as coconut, ginger and turmeric.
In this article, you will know about the many beaches of Karwar and their specialties.
Rabindranath Tagore Beach
This name might be quite a surprise and unrelated. However, a 22-year-old Tagore visited Karwar to stay with his brother, who was a district judge at this town. His first play was an inspiration derived from this beach.
This beach, also known as Karwar Beach, is the most popular beach here. It has a play park, a toy train, an aquarium and a lovely musical fountain. This beach is excellent for a swim, as the waters are not deep. Kairali Utsav is a 4-day event that is held at Rabindranath Tagore Beach every year between December and January.
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This beach located in the north of Karwar is famous not only for its golden sands and cool breeze, but also for the water sports offered here. Fishing, dolphin spotting, sailing, snorkeling and kayaking are some of the sports rendered here. Devbagh Beach offers views of mountains of the Western Ghats on one side and waters of Arabian Sea on the other. It is a view to remember for a lifetime.
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Located near Devbagh, Majali Beach is mostly a resort beach. It has boating, fishing, kayaking, pedaling, dolphin watching, rock climbing, birdwatching, etc., if sitting and lolling on the sand on the beach is not your cup of tea. River cruise from Majali Beach to Tilmati Beach is quite popular here. Timalti Beach is filled with black sand! Fried fish rice available at this beach is delectable.
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Located 5 km away from Karwar and a mile away from the border of Karnataka and Goa, Binaga Beach is home to ‘Our Lady of St.Anne's Church' that was built by the Portuguese. It also has a naval base called Project Seabird for the operations of the Indian Navy. This beach offers a lot of activities such as rock climbing, river cruises, dolphin watching and visiting a wrecked ship. The best time to visit this beach, and for any beach in general in Karwar, is July.
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Koodi Bagh Beach
Koodi Bagh Beach is dotted by palm trees on either side. At one point, you can clearly see the river Kali joining into Arabian Sea. This is a sight to behold! Koodi Bagh Beach renders many offers such as canoeing, kayaking, banana boating and many others. This beach has the gorgeous shoreline in the entire state. Known for its sunset, Koodi Bagh renders services to people of all ages.
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