Karwar: Karnataka’s picturesque northwest

Karwar is the northernmost of port cities of Karnataka and is known for serving as a Naval base too. It lies on the north western corner of Karnataka, a...
Karwar, Karnataka, India

Karwar is the northernmost of port cities of Karnataka and is known for serving as a Naval base too. It lies on the north western corner of Karnataka, a few kilometres south of where the state shares a border with Goa. As such, it seemed like a good idea to drive all the way up to Majali, where the stateline lies. Like I said in the previous post, for me, this trip to the west coast was like filling that gap between Kerala and Goa.

Although Karwar was a big point on our Karnataka-Coast itinerary, we didn’t stay there during the trip. It was Gokarna that was our base for a few days. After a day of exploring Gokarna, we decided to do that drive along National Highway 17 (NH-17) that would take us to Karwar. When we got to Karwar, the kids were still fast asleep in the back seat. That was when we thought we should drive up to state border. On the way we crossed Kali Bridge that connects the banks of the Kali River. The Kali River, which originates in the Western Ghats flows into the Arabian Sea here in Karwar.

The area near the bridge is a scenic one. If you are passing by, it would not be a bad idea to stop here and take in the vistas: ย there’s the massive Kali River joining the Arabian Sea, and the Devbagh Island on one side and on the other, is a river island (the person watching Devbagh’s jetty told me it was called the Kali Island) sitting smug in the Kali River.

Karwar in pictures:

Karwar, Karnataka, India

Karwar, Karnataka, India
Karwar, Karnataka, India
Karwar, Karnataka, India

Later that day, we stopped by the INS Chapal and had a look inside it. INS Chapal is a warship-turned-Maritime museum stationed just off Rabindranath Tagore Beach. Inside, we saw the ship’s mess, the officers’s bunks, the bridge, the main engine, the places where the officers on duty answered nature’s calls and all that. Now where have I seen this before? Aha! the SS Jeremiah O’Brien in SF. Oh my! that’s another post that still hasn’t gone up, it’s not even in the drafts. My list of places visited and still not documented on this blog is only getting longer but that doesn’t stop me from tripping. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Coming back to the Indian Warship, here is a quick look into the INS Chapal. I particularly liked the life size figures that are on exhibit. I had read about it when I was doing my pre-trip homework but then it slipped off my mind while I was actually on the ship so I’m not lying when I say I got a start when I got to one of the cabins and saw a handsome gentleman in uniform peering at me.

After some learning on the warship, we decided to have an easy evening at Ravindranath Tagore Beach and watch the sun set and allow sonny boy to do what he likes doing most — playing in the sand.

Karwar, Karnataka, India

From the warship and from the Beach, Karwar showed us all the islands that lie just off this port city – Kurumgud, Madhyalingad and Devgad islands. And in the evening when the sun was on its way down, they made such grand silhouettes out at sea, turning the landscape into a very pretty picture.

Karwar, Karnataka, India
Karwar, Karnataka, India
A Karwar sunset

And before we left the seaside, we had an excuse to drive into the heart of the city. Our baby no.2 then a 11 month old had lost a part of her earing and if we didn’t find something for those little ears, we would have had to put ourselves through the torture of another ear piercing. Thus we got a peek at Karwar’s shopping district, although it was not part of the original plan.

Places we did not visit that you might be interested in:

  • Sadashivgad Fort
  • Children’s Aquarium.


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47 Comments on this post.
  • ladyfi
    21 April 2015 at 9:15 am

    Lovely scenery.

    • dNambiar
      23 April 2015 at 1:15 pm

      It was a very scenic place, Lady Fi.

  • R Niranjan Das
    21 April 2015 at 10:44 am

    Nice read on Karwar. Well captured too. Tagore beach is absolutely lovely. I couldn't visit the museum when I had been to Karwar as I had reached in the evening. Good to know about that. Thanks, Nambiare!

    • dNambiar
      23 April 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you, Nomad.
      I love what those islands do to the scenery. It makes the sunset time so picturesque. Karwar turned out to look better than I expected it to be.
      Thanks again, Nomad. And thank you for reminding me to stop by the bridge. Beautiful sights from there.

  • Saru Singhal
    21 April 2015 at 2:41 pm

    A loss actually turned out to be treat. Lovely place and a lovelier memory to go with it.

    • dNambiar
      23 April 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you so much, Saru.

  • Amy Franks
    21 April 2015 at 11:11 pm

    nice photos, you live in a lovely part of the world ๐Ÿ™‚

    • dNambiar
      27 April 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you, Amy.

  • Prasad Np
    22 April 2015 at 6:08 am

    Karwar sure looks very scenic with beautiful river, sea and the Naval Warship Museum all adding to its charm..

    And the daughter's earring is a good excuse for mom to do some shopping… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • dNambiar
      27 April 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Really, Karwar was prettier than I expected. Ah! those islands and the Kali river make this place so rich as far as the scenic beauty is concerned.

      I'm not much of a shopper really. But this did give me an opportunity to see what the city looked like. ๐Ÿ™‚ I'd have enjoyed it better if I didn't have to worry about the little one's ear. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • NC Sue
    22 April 2015 at 10:05 am
    • dNambiar
      5 May 2015 at 10:54 am

      Thank you, Sue. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I'll come by and have a look and see if I would have pictures. Thank you for the invite, Sue. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kokila Gupta
    7 May 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Beautiful images Dee:) Karnataka boasts of massive rocks, sheer drops and rippling water ..awesome!
    I hope you found nice earrings for her. Some of the best earrings for young ears I have seen in Karnataka !

    • dNambiar
      8 May 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you Kokila,
      Karwar's picturesqueness did stand out. Karnataka is truely blessed. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Ah! her earrings — that's a long story (one for the other blog, maybe :D)

  • Rajesh
    8 May 2015 at 1:48 am

    Wonderful coverage of the city. Superb shots.

    • dNambiar
      8 May 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you, Rajesh.

  • Indrani
    8 May 2015 at 1:49 am

    Yet to do these places! So much to see in this scenic place.
    Great pics.

    • dNambiar
      8 May 2015 at 1:14 pm

      There are a few other beaches not far from there, Indrani. Go take in all that beauty.

      The next time I go that side, I should make some time to check out the smaller beaches around there.
      Thank you, Indrani. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sreedhar Bhattaram
    8 May 2015 at 3:59 am

    One of the Marvelous Scenic Beauties of Beaches…..

    • dNambiar
      8 May 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Yes, so much beauty out there. This time I visited the more popular beaches of the KA coast. I'd love to go see the lesser known ones, sometime.

  • Archana Chaurasia Kapoor
    8 May 2015 at 5:38 am

    Lovely pictures Dee… I've passed by but not really stopped and explored the place… hopefully soon. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • dNambiar
      8 May 2015 at 1:20 pm

      Thanks Archana, this part was lovelier than I thought it to be.

      Yeah, go enjoy the KA coast. I'd love to hear your travel tales. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank YOU. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Parul
    8 May 2015 at 6:31 am

    Great posts and pictures D..I have been to Karwar and I loved it. We were not allowed any pictures inside the Naval base but the memories have been etched forever ๐Ÿ™‚

    • dNambiar
      8 May 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Thank you dear Parul.
      How have you been, girl?

      Isn't it lovely around there? So cool that you got to go into the Navy area. I'm sure that is a memory to cherish. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • AmitAag
    8 May 2015 at 6:36 am

    Lovely place! Stunningly beautiful clicks! Thank you Divya:)

    • dNambiar
      8 May 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Thank YOU Amit for the visit and the appreciation.
      I hope you are doing well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shweta Dave
    8 May 2015 at 8:10 am

    I have been to Karwar more than once and love it to bits, still remember the first time I could smell fish in the air was just me ๐Ÿ™‚ loved the post esplly the information on Chapal ๐Ÿ™‚ super pictures too!

    • dNambiar
      8 May 2015 at 3:10 pm

      I'm sure. It is a very picturesque corner, isn't it?

      haha! only you caught the smell? There's something fishy there ;).

      Thank you, Shweta. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • wanderingjatin.com
    8 May 2015 at 10:06 am

    Lovely shots. I had stayed at Karwar on my Karnataka Goa ride from Hyderabad last year! Kali bridge and that museum are nice places to go to. I was extremely lucky in the sense that that the coastal festival – Karwar Utsav was happening at the time when I was there. Saw some coastal dance competitions, and also got invited by a family to their home… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Alok singhal
    8 May 2015 at 10:48 am

    Kali River and Island look quite picturesque. Beach is not bad too, i assume them to be quite dirty in India otherwise.

    • dNambiar
      8 May 2015 at 3:27 pm

      Picturesque indeed.
      Honestly, I saw some pretty clean beaches recently. Wait till you see another one a little south of here. It's so lovely and unspoilt, that it's become the best beach I ever saw, now that includes the ones on America's coasts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mridula
    8 May 2015 at 3:31 pm

    The beach looks so beautiful!

    • dNambiar
      9 May 2015 at 7:59 am

      I liked the sights from the beach, much more than the beach itself. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bikram
    8 May 2015 at 3:52 pm

    wowowwo beautifulllllllllllllllllllllllllllll ๐Ÿ™‚


    • dNambiar
      9 May 2015 at 7:59 am

      Hey Bik!

  • magiceye
    9 May 2015 at 1:13 am

    Your pictures are egging me on to make that trip to Karwar!!
    Hope you got some lovely Karwar earrings for your little one!

    • dNambiar
      9 May 2015 at 8:01 am

      Go for it Magic eye. That would be a pretty short ride down from the entertainment capital. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      You are talking about the KO earings, I'm sure. We didn't get to go there that day. I'm thinking of checking out their shop here in Bangalore.

  • Nisha Jha
    9 May 2015 at 2:04 am

    Well captured shots and a nice read on Karwar. The beach looks beautiful. Not been to these places. ๐Ÿ™

    • dNambiar
      9 May 2015 at 8:04 am

      Thank you Nisha.
      It's a pretty place, especially around the river. The islands off Karwar also make it a very scenic area.

  • Rachna
    9 May 2015 at 4:36 am

    So beautiful, Dee. I need to go to Karwar.

  • Rachna
    9 May 2015 at 4:36 am

    So beautiful, Dee. I need to go to Karwar.

    • dNambiar
      9 May 2015 at 8:04 am

      Thank you, Rachna.
      I'm sure. ๐Ÿ™‚ Go have fun.

  • Sri Kri
    4 June 2015 at 6:29 am
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