|Karwar is just one of the secluded beaches dotted along Karnataka&39s 320 km long coastline. It has all the makings of a perfect holiday with gentle waves, palm-laced beaches, silver sand, and calm, peaceful coves. Karwar lies on a thin strip of tropical sand that is bound by the Western Ghats on its eastern side and embraced by the Arabian Sea on the west. The sea is dotted with several small islands on the horizon. Amongst them, about 3 kms away, is Devbagh, a centre for diving and snorkelling. This beach is said to have inspired Rabindranath Tagore to write his first play. It will surely inspire you to surrender to the timeless rhythm of the sea.
Dargah of Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat: The famous Dargah of Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat, a Baghdadi Saint is a place of tourist interest for pilgrims.
Naganatha Temple: Naganatha Temple is a Temple where an anthill is worshipped.
Karwar Harbour: The Karwar bay, apart from its scenic beauty, also boasts of an excellent harbour which is fit for use during all seasons. Devbagh beach is the most attractive beach in Karwar. Other beaches are Binaga (3kms) and Arga(5kms) south of the town.
River Kalinadi: The river Kalinadi, flows through the town into the Arabian sea. Motor launches are available for boating up the river Kali.
Muslin Factory: Karwar town is known for its fine muslin. The muslin industry was started in 1638, by Sir. William Counten, who opened a factory here.
Kurmagad Island: The Kurmagad Island nearby has an old fort and a Narasimha shrine, worth a visit.
Places Around Karwar:
Ankola: Located 37kms south of Karwar, is a small town with 15century ruinedwalls of king Sarpamalika&39s fort and the ancient Shri Venketaraman Temple. Near the temple there are two giant wooden chariots carved with scenes from the &39Ramayana&39.
Jog Falls: Jog falls, the highest waterfalls in India, is located about50kms from the coast midway between Udupi and Karwar. The Sharavati river drops 253 metres in 4 separate falls known as Rani-the Rocket and Raja-the Roarer. The highest is the Raja with the fall of 253 metres and a pool below 40metres deep. After rain during the monsoon season, the falls are a magnificent spectacular sight. The best time to visit is Late November to early January. The 50km long Hirebhasgar Reservoir and the Linganamkki damregulates the flow of the Sharavati river to generate the hydro electricity. The Inspection Bungalow has excellent views. Reserve in advance for overnight stay.
Gokarna: The Coastal town of Gokarna is a famous pilgrimage centre as well as a centre of Sanskrit learning, 56kms from Karwar. It is famous for the Mahabaleswar Temple with the &39Atmalinga&39 (a revered Shiva lingam) dedicated to Lord Shiva. There is a enormous chariot, which is taken out in a procession on Shiva&39s birthday in February. The Tambraparni Teertha (River) here is considered sacred to perform obsequies of the dead.Gokarna is also famous for its beautiful deserted beaches like Kutle, Om, Half moon, Paradise etc.. which rival Goan Beaches.
Yana: Situated 60kms from Karwar, Yana or Bhairavakshetra is a deserted town ship and an important pilgrim centre with unique rock formations. Located in a beautiful valley, one has to trek a distance of about 10kms by foot amidst thick forest to reach Yana. It is a popular rock climbing haunt. There is a shrine of Bhairaveswara on a hillock 100metres high. A fair is held here during Shivaratri.
Ulavi: Ulavi, a famous pilgrim centre is located 75 kms from Karwar (via Kumbarawada). Thousands come here to pay homage to the samadhi of Veera Shiva Saint Channabasavanna, who took refuge here from the army of &39Kalachurias&39. Ulavi &39Jatras&39 attracts devotees from all over.
Honnavar: Honnavar, situated 90 kms from Karwar, has a Portuguese fort. There is also a fort in Basavaraja Durga Island, amidst the sea which can be reached by a sail upstream on river Sharavathi.
Geresoppa the old capital of the Queen Chanabhairavi, 30 kms from here has a beautiful 14th century Chaturmukha Basti. The boat trip to Gerosoppa with coconut groves and lush greenery covering the banks, is memorable
Dandeli: Located 93 kms from Karwar, Dandeli is a popular holiday resort and an industrial township. The wildlife sanctuary here in an area of 207Sq.Kms abounds with a variety of rare animals. The watch tower inside the sanctuary are inaccessible during the monsoon months of June to October. This forest region is famous for its paper, plywood, teakwood and Ferro-manganese factories. The cave with Shivalinga-like laterite formations is also worth a visit
Lushington Fal: 110 kms from Karwar, the famous Lushington Falls or Keppa falls is located in Siddhapur Taluk on the Shimoga border. The falls where the river Aghanashini thunders down from the height of 116 meters is named after a District Collector who discovered it in 1845.
Magod Falls: The Magod is 125 kms from Karwar. The river Gangavathi emerging from the Western ghats takes a leap into a chasm of 183metre (600 feet) down, in a series of cascades over the cliffs presenting an enchanting sight.
Bhatkal: Bhatkal located 135 kms from Karwar was the main port of Vijayanagar empire in the 16th century. The ancient town has temples of Vijayanagar style and many interesting Jain monuments. The 17th century Hindu temple here in Vijayanagar style has beautiful animal carvings.16 kms away is the shore temple of Shri Murdeshwar. The temple attracts a lot of devotees and tourists.
Banavasi: Located 140 kms from Karwar on the left bank of the Varada river, Banavasi is a temple town mentioned in the Hindu epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Once the capital city of Kadambas, the main places of interest here are the Madhukeswara temple, the ruins of a Buddhist stupa, the Veerabhadra temple and the several idols and the Jain icons.