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Karwar City Information

The historical significance of Karwar can be traced back to the colonial era in India. The British used made this town their district headquarter in 1862. It was frequented by Arabs, Dutch, Portuguese, French and later, the British as it has been an ancient site of sea trade. Ibn Battuta, the Moroccan scholar and traveler, has passed through this route during some of his journeys. The town fell under the Bombay presidency ruled by the British and was described as a first rate harbor between Bombay and Calcutta. The name 'Karwar' was earlier spelled as 'Carwar'.

General Information :
Karwar is a tranquil port town with a pleasing ambience situated 100 kms from Goa and 260 kms north of Managalore based in South India. It is the administrative headquarter of the Uttar Kannada district in Karnataka. A seaside town based on the banks of Kali River which flows along the western coast of the Indian peninsula, the quiet town of karwar is an ideal holiday destination for those who are enamored by the sight of water bodies and deep-blue beaches. Karwar lies at a distance of 15 kms from south of the Karnataka-Goa border and 519 kms northwest of Bangalore. The present day Karwar town is an entirely new settlement.

Best Time to Visit:
December to May.

Places of Interest:

Banavasi :
History says that this temple town Banavasi is mentioned in the epics like Ramayana and the Mahabharata. It is situated on the banks of the Varada river which is at a distance of about 140 kms from Karwar.Other places of interest to be visited in Banavasi includes Madhukeswara temple, the ruins of a Buddhist stupa, the Veerabhadra temple and the several idols and the Jain icons.

Ankola :
Ankola, a small town situated at a distance of about 37kms from Karwar.You can get to see the ruined walls of the fort built during the reign of king Sarpamalika.It also has the Venketaraman Temple along with two giant wooden chariots carved with scenes from the 'Ramayana'.

Jog Falls :
This is considered to be as one of the beautiful and highest waterfall in the world. The source of this water fall is from the river Sharavathy which splits into two as it pours down and it is called as Raja, Rani, Rocket and Roarer.It comes under the limits of Shimoga district and is at a distance of about 380 kms from Bangalore.

Devbagh Beach Resort :
This is small island which is very close to Karwar.Devbagh Beach Resort is famous for adventurous water sports like diving and skiing. The resort here is an ideal place to relax from the worldly tensions.

Karwar Harbour :
Karwar Harbour is very famous for it is one of the natural harbours in the country. Beaches close to this harbour are Binaga and Arga which should never be missed.

River Kali :
The River Kali which flows through Karwar is a famous tourist location.It entertains the people by having boat rides. It is a picnic spot for weekends.

Dandeli is not only known for its holiday resorts but it is also a famous industrial township. This town also accommodates a wildlife sanctuary spread over an area of 207Sq.Kms where you can get to see rare variety of animals. This town is specialized in paper, plywood, teakwood and Ferro-manganese factories.Dandeli is located 93 kms from Karwar.

Lushington Falls :
Lushington Falls is also known as Keppa falls and is situated in Siddhapur which is at a distance of about 110kms from Karwar.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 600 feet down, in a series of cascades over the cliffs presenting an enchanting sight.

How to reach Karwar:

By Air :
Karwar does not have an airport but however the airport in close proximity is Goa which is situated at a distance of 105 km from Karwar.Goa is well connected to all major cities of India by Indian Airlines and Jet Airways flights.

By Rail :
Karwar has its own railway station which is at a distance of 8 Km from the bus station. It is a major station on Konkan railways and many important trains pass through karwar.

By Road :
Karwar has a good road network and is connected to all the major cities of Karnataka. Though it is situated in the Karnataka state it is much closer to Goa.Bangalore is around 520 Km and Mangalore is around 273 Km from here. There are regular KSRTC buses from the major cities in Karnataka.

Festivals :

Yathra -
This is one of the annual festivals celebrated in Kurumgad Island of Karwar.During this festival people have merry ride in the ferry boat to the island which is just a kilometer from Devbagh beach.Yathra festival falls in the month of January.

Karavali Utsav -
This is one of the major utsav happening in Karwar and it is more of a cultural festival. It takes place in the Rabindranath Tagore beach and lasts for four days. The festival is highlighted by many shops and stalls and cultural programmers are held where people from different parts of the state participate.

Ramzan Id -
It is a major celebration of the Muslim community which marks the end of Ramzan during which people fast by day and eat only at night.Other major celebrations of Karwar include the common festivals celebrated in the country like Ganesh chaturthi, Diwali and Shivrathri.These festivals are celebrated with great fun and enthusiasm.

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