Karwar Travel Guide



places to visit

Prominent places of tourist interest in Karwar are:

* Oyster Rock Lighthouse
* Karwar Beach (Rabindranath Tagore Beach)
* Devbagh Beach
* Kurumgad Island
* Kodasall
* Binaga Beach
* Tilmatti Beach
* Majali Beach
* Guddahalli Peak
* Hyder Ghat Pass
* Shirve Ghat
* Devkar Falls
* Anshi National Park
* Durga Devi Temple
* Naganath Temple
* Shahkaramuddin Dargah, Sadashivgad (Tomb of a Sufi Saint)
* kot Shiveshvar
* Mudgeri Dam
* Jamiya Mosque,Shiveshvar
* Chaitanya Park
* Jamba
* Sadashivgad Fort
* High Church
* Maruti Temple
* Kali Bridge
* Chendia Falls - Nagarmadi Falls (a small waterfall which passes under a huge rock)
* Habbu Mountain (opp. Venkateshwara Gas Agencies)
* Shri Kshetra Gurumath, Baad
* Jai Santoshi Maata Temple, Nanadangadda, Karwar



Karwar cuisine

Karwar is famous for the variety of seafood delicacies. Fish curry and rice is the staple diet of Karwaris themselves.

* Kurle Ambat - Crab prepared in coconut, red chillies and tamarind paste.
* Bangada Fry - Mackerel fried in masala and Semolina.
* Gujjo - vegetable dish made of capsicum, carrot, cucumber and eggplant fried in batter.
* Kalwa Sukka
* Tisaryachi Ekshipi - Clams with one shell on.
* Masli Kadi - Fish cooked in coconut gravy.
* Miri Phanas Chi Bhaji - A type of Vegetable which closely resembles a raw jackfruit. It is cooked with scrapped coconut, spices & shellfish or shrimps can be added optionally.
* Shagoti - Chicken or Meat cooked in coconut gravy & shagoti masala (spices).
* Sukhe Masli - Dry & salted fish like Bangada (Mackerel), Bombil (Bombay Duck), Tarle (Sardines), Tisare (shelfish) etc.
* Paez - Ukhde Tandul (Par Boiled Rice) cooked in water and salt and can be eaten with Ambat or masli Kadi
* Sutryan - Boiled rice Shaped in Vade shape can be eaten with Zinge (pronze) Gravey.
* Kakadi chi Roti
* Mungachi Kheer
* Sakhroli
* Chile
* Ghavane
* Shevaya - Noodles to be dervied from Boiled rice & can be eaten with Coconut Milk (with added Jaggery).





The British made Karwar their district headquarters in 1862. Karwar was an ancient site of sea trade visited by the Arabs, Dutch, Portuguese, French and later the British. Ibn Battuta passed through this route during one or more of his journeys.

Significant and picturesque, the Sadashivgad fort of historical importance is now a popular tourist destination located by the Kali river bridge, which has been built at the confluence of the river and the Arabian Sea.

In 1638 a rival English trading body, the Courteen Association, established a factory at Karwar (actually it is village by name kadwad from which Karwar name is derived & it is situated 6 km eastwards on the banks of kali River). It was trade port frequented by traders from Arabia & Africa. Baitkhol (Current Civil Port of Karwar) port was famous for its natural harbour & The name Baithkhol is an Arabic term, Bait el- Khol meaning bay of safety. Muslin was the chief commodity purchased but Karwar was also a source for pepper, cardamom, cassier and coarse blue cotton cloth. Situated on India's west coast, 50 miles south-east of Goa, Karwar was noted for its safe harbour. In 1649 the Courteen Association united with the Company and Karwar became a Company factory.

In the Treaty of Mangalore(1784) between Tipu Sultan & the East India Company one finds reference of Karwar & Sadashivgad written as Carwar and Sadasewgude.

Karwar was a part of the Maratha Empire during the 18th century. After the defeat of the Marathas in the Third Anglo-Maratha War, it became a part of the British territory. It was a part of the Bombay Presidency until 1950.

Karwar since the records of 1862, the time from which it fell under Bombay Presidency, was described as the first rate harbour between Bombay & Colombo.

Renowned poet Rabindranath Tagore, who visited Karwar in 1882, dedicated an entire chapter of his memoirs to this town.[2] The 22 year old Rabindranath Tagore stayed with his second brother, Satyendranath Tagore, who was the district judge in Karwar.

how to reach

Rail connectivity

Karwar is well connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mangalore, Cochin and other important places through the Konkan Railway. The three railway stations falling under Karwar Taluka on Konkan Railway route are Asnoti, Karwar (Shirwad) & Harwada.
From other cities in India

* Karwar is 13 km from Goan border (Polem) & 1 hour by train from Madgaon, 12 hours by bus from Bengalooru and 12 hours by train from Mumbai on Konkan Railway route.

* Karwar is 107 kilometres from Panjim (Goa), 540 kilometres from Bengalooru, 117 kilometers from Dandeli, 881 kilometres from Chennai, 701 kilometres from Mumbai, 268 km from Mangalore.