Karwar, the district headquarters of Uttara Kannada in the state of Karnataka, South India is a port town, wedged between the sea on the one side and the Western Ghats on the other. Located on the banks of the river Kali, Karwar was a former settlement of the British and later the Portuguese. Karwar is famous for its Muslin.
Karwar is said to have inspired Rabindranath Tagore to write his first play. Karwar has some of the most beautiful beaches and travel destinations in India and is famed for its unspoiled beaches with causarina trees providing a cool canopy. Devbagh beach is particularly lovely. There are small islets known as Oyster Rocks about 11 km from the city and a light house too. Sadashivgad Hill Fort on the outskirts of Karwar is a popular spot for viewing spectacular sunsets. There is an old Durga temple inside the fort which is a major tourist attraction. The Darga of Peer Kamruddin, the 300 year old Venkataramana Temple and an octagonal church are some of the other places worth visiting.
From Karwar, one can travel to Gokarna Beach which is 56 kms away. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary just 40 km from Karwar houses a large number of elephants, bisons, sambars, tigers and cheetahs and is a nature lover’s delight. Kurumgad Island which is just a short 45 minute ferry ride from Karwar has a number of unspoiled beaches. Diving and snorkeling are some of the activities possible in Devbagh Beach and Kurumgad Island. Hubli is just 150 km from Karwar and one can travel through sylvan landscape with beautiful hills and valleys.