Karwar is one of the isolated beaches situated on the 320 km long coastline in the state. Marked by calm waves, palm-laced beaches, golden sand, scenic coves. Extremely picturesque the town has an ample number of beaches and forts that attract an array of tourists all year round. In fact, located about 15 km south of the border of Karnataka and Goa, Karwar lies some 519 km Northwest of Bangalore. Let us discuss the most beautiful places to visit near Karwar.
1. Karwar Beach
Karwar is a perfect beach destination because tourists get to visit five beaches while exploring the town. It is famous for eco-tourism and nature lovers frequently visit the city for vacations. The beaches are relatively less crowded compared to the other commercialized beaches of India. Additionally, Balmy sunsets are a true treat to the eyes in the shimmering golden sand, pristine waters and playful waves of the Arabian Sea. Karwar beaches make for a quaint little holiday spot suitable for one and all.
The entire Karwar coastline is a set of five beaches – Devbagh Beach, Binaga Beach, Karwar Beach, Majali Beach, and the Tilmatti Beach.
Adding on, Rabindranath Tagore beach, Koodi bagh beach, Ladies beach, Kaju bagh beach, Karagod beach are also some of the beautiful beaches in Karwar
2. Warship Museum
Located at a distance of 1 km from the city center in Karwar, INS Chapal Warship Museum is situated in Rabindranath Tagore beach. INS Chapal is a missile warship and was used in the 1971 Indo – Pak war. Therefore, the ship was converted into a museum in 2006 to display sea-artifacts, a video of the ship being converted into this museum among other collectibles.
Entry Fee: Rs.15/- per Person.
Timings: 10 AM to 1 PM and 4.30 PM to 6 PM.
3. Devkar Falls
Devakar Waterfalls is situated in a small island called Devakar which is surrounded by the Kadra Dam backwaters. The height of waterfalls is about 300 feet and the water of the falls reach Kaiga reservoir. While falling, it glows like a Diamond, so locally this falls is called as Vajramala falls. It is at a distance of 80 km from Karwar. However, this fall is visible from Devakar village and is one of the best places to visit in Karwar.
4. Kurumgad Island
At a distance of 4 km off the coast of Karwar, Kurumgad or Koormagad Island is a tortoise-shaped island in the Arabia Sea and is adjacent to Devbagh. Hence, this tortoise-shaped island is now privately owned and belongs to a Coffee Planter Suresh Mathias.
This is a little paradise in India where you can experience the beauty of nature, along with adventure in the wilderness and be exposed to the mysteries of the sea complemented with state of the art luxuries and mouth-watering delicacies to make your stay complete. Without a second thought, it leaves an everlasting imprint on your mind! From sunrise to sunset, each new day has much to offer for all ages.
5. Sadashivgad Fort
This fort is built atop a hill on the north bank of the Kali river, hence giving a beautiful view of the setting sun. Indeed, it is mostly in ruins, having been pulled apart by the British, after multiple changes of hands. The view from the top of the fort is amazing and it gives us a clear view of the sea and Kali river. The tourism department has a hotel inside the fort but not sure if it is operational. This is one of the few places which you can visit in Karwar.
6. Oyster Rock Lighthouse
At a distance of 11 km from Karwar Bus Stand, Oyster Rock Lighthouse, also known as Devgad Island Lighthouse, is a lighthouse situated on Oyster Rock in Devgad Island. Besides, Oyster Rocks are a group of small islands and rocks. The Lighthouse was constructed by the British during 1860 CE and was commissioned into service on 25th March 1864 CE.
7. Ulavi Caves
Ulavi Caves are a bunch of caves in the Uttara Karnataka District of Karnataka. They offer a continuous circuit of trekking trails that allows you to explore gloriously dark rock caverns in a single day. While walking down from the hill, it passes through a Chilume Honda which has a natural freshwater spring. People believe that it has special properties and cure certain health problems. Eventually, to go inside the cave only one can pass in a Narrow hole.
8. Karwar Aquarium
Karwar Aquarium is famous for housing quite a variety of colorful fishes and a giant skeleton of a blue whale. A visit to the attraction is an interesting way to get a glimpse into the habitats of marine creatures created in glass aquariums. Indeed, it is a perfect attraction to visit over a day out with children.
9. Anashi Waterfall
A paradise for nature lovers, Anashi Waterfall is a splendid attraction near Anshi Village. The enchanting fall is located amidst dense forestation, very close to SH 34 and serves as a pleasant pit stop for travelers or commuters passing by. Therefore, the water body also attract several birds and animals thriving in the green zone that one can spot while exploring the attraction.
10. Guddalli Peak
Guddalli mountain peak is famous for its picturesque beauty and a resplendent top view of the dense foliage, River Kali, River Belikeri and the Arabian Sea at a distance. Consequently, it is a well-known attraction amongst trekkers for its 5 kilometers long stretch through the jungle to reach the peak.
So, this was about Karwar and of course, there’s more to it. Make time to this beautiful place and have a great time. Happy exploring!