Karwar, the headquarters of Uttara Kannada District
, is located 519 km north-west of Bangalore
. A port town, on the banks of the Kali River
, Karwar was the settlement of the British and the Portuguese. It was also a major trade center for pepper
. Karwar is known for its fine muslin.
Karwar is blessed with some of the beautiful beaches in the country. Devbagh is the major beach. Karwar harbor and river Kali are other maritime interests.
Dargah of Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat, Naganatha temple, Venkatramana temple, Sadashivgad Hill Fort with the Durga temple and the unique octagonal church are places of historical and religious significance. Muslin factory and Kurmagad Island (with an old fort and Narasimha Shrine) are the other tourist attractions at Karwar.
Nearby tourist spots:
Gokarna, Yana, Ulavi, Honnavar, Dandeli, Bhatkal, Sirsi, Banavasi, Shivganga Falls, Lushington Falls, Magod Falls, Lalguli Falls, and Jog Falls.
Karwar is famous for spicy sea food.
The nearest airport is at Dabolim, 90 km away. Karwar Railway Station is a major station on the Konkan railway and the station is situated 7 km away from the town. The
national Highway 17 connects Karwar to Mangalore. Karwar is well linked by road to Panaji (135 km) and Bangalore. The ideal time to visit is October to May.