Karwar is administrative headquarters of Uttara Kannada District in the state of Karnataka is a port town covering an area of about 10291 sq. Kms. It is wedged between the Arabian Sea and Kali river on the one side and the Western Ghats on the other. Karwar was a former settlement of the British and later the Portuguese. Current population is about 51000. The town known for its glorious weather, fresh fishes, picturesque hills and valleys of Western Ghats with dense tropical forests on the way to Hubli/Dharwad or Belgaum. These days it is famous for two main Government Projects - Project Seabird (also known as INS Kadamba) and Kaiga Nuclear Power Project.
Karwar is known as "Kashmir of South India" and is said to have inspired Rabindranath Tagore to write his first play. Karwar has some of the most beautiful beaches and is an ideal destination for vacationing and recreation. It is famed for its unspoiled and secluded beaches with causarina trees providing a cool canopy. Devbagh beach is particularly lovely. The scenic beach lies on a thin strip of tropical sand tucked away between the Western Ghats and Arabian Sea. There are small islets known as Oyster Rocks about 11 km from the city and a light house. Sadashivgad Hill Fort on the outskirts of Karwar is a popular spot for viewing spectacular sunsets. There is an old Durga temple inside the fort which is a major tourist attraction. The Darga of Peer Kamruddin, the 300 year old Venkataramana Temple and an octagonal church are some of the other places worth visiting. Best time to visit this place is from October through May.Some of the nearby tourist attractions include Gokarna Beach (about 56 kms), Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary (about 40 km from here and houses a large number of elephants, bisons, sambars, tigers and cheetahs), Kurumgad Island (about 45 minute ferry ride in the Arabian Sea) and several unspoiled beaches all the way to Goa on north and Mangalore on south. Diving and snorkeling are some of the activities possible in Devbagh Beach and Kurumgad Island. Hubli is just 150 km from Karwar and one can travel through sylvan landscape with beautiful hills and valleys.
Karwar can be reached by road via National Highway 17 or by train via Konkan Railway