Karwar Beach – Karnataka
Imagine golden sands, gentle waves and an ambiance that would make you forget every single one of your worries. Feels good, doesn’t it? Be at the Karwar beach to live this moment in reality. The Karwar city, district head quarters of Uttara Kannada is the place for people loving the 3 S’s, sun, sand and sea.
Big numbers flock the beaches of Goa, many of which have been extremely commercialised. To avoid going through the same, head to Karwar, a 20 km drive south of Goa to feel nature’s true essence. Even the great Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore was awestruck by the beauty of the place which prompted him to jot down ‘Prakritir Pratishodh’, one of his earliest works. Ever been to the famous Kumbh Mela? If not, then visit Karwar during the Karavali Utsav (a miniature version though), an annual funfair lasting 3-4 days.
When in Karwar be assured that you would never be short of things to. Ever tried angling? Give it a shot with local fishermen on a two man dugout. Get the feel of being at North Pole with chilling temperatures of the freezing chamber at the nearby fish processing plant. Watch dolphins dive into the blue waters at the confluence of river Kali meeting the Arabian Sea.
The mangroves here are an excellent spot for ardent bird watchers. Ever heard Gods being offered alcohol and cigarettes by the devotees? Visit the temple of Lord Muneshwara to experience this peculiar ritual. The Sadashivgad fort, the Venkataramana temple, the Dandeli Game Park (for wild life enthusiasts) are some other sightseeing options.
Where do I stay?
Karwar is a popular destination with tourists visiting the place throughout the year. If possible try making advance hotel bookings to avoid rush later. From budgetary cheap hotels to luxury suites, Karwar has something for all.
How do I reach?
Air: Catch a flight from Goa (100 km), Belgaum (167 km) or Mangalore (273 km).
Rail: Though Karwar is connected to major Indian cities through the Konkan Railway, the place is not a halt for super-fast trains. You would have to get down at Ankola or Madgaon and take to the roads to reach Karwar. Tourists down south need to reach Karwar via Mangalore.
Road: Reaching Karwar by roads is relatively easy, thanks to the well constructed roads connecting it to other major cities around.
What do I carry?
Since the island is uninhabited, the place is minus any hotels or restaurants. You would have to arrange for food and water on your own. So be well prepared beforehand.