Devbagh & Karwar

Devbagh is a beach lovers paradise and is located in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka at the opposite of Karwar Beach. Along with serene beach and blue water, the other attraction it provides is the mangrove forest, Kali river estuary and islands of Kumaragarh, Oyster-rock, Anjudeep and Sanyasi that lie off the Karwar coast.

Karwar (formerly Carwar) is a city and the administrative centre of Uttara Kannada district. Karwar lies on the west coast of Southern India at the mouth of the Kali river. Its geography creates a natural harbour with protection against monsoon weather. Being a port town, Karwar is a centre for agriculture, some manufacturing and tourism. It is situated between Sahyadri evergreen forest in the east, the blue Arabian Sea to the west, towards the south, ends with harbour and North the beautiful Kali river. It is one of the green city of India with eco-tourism. Hills has created a natural harbour with protection against wind and sea tides naturally. Being a port town, Karwar is a centre for fish business, agriculture, known for manufacturing of golden ornaments in Karwarian style and underdeveloped tourism.

History: History of Karwar traces back to the Bijapur Sultan. For a short period, it was under the Portuguese rule followed by the East India Company which established a factory at Kadwad village, 6 km east of Karwar and traded with merchants from Arabia and Africa. The common commodities were muslins, black pepper, cardamom, cassia and coarse blue cotton cloth. In 1649 the Courteen Association merged with the British East India Company, and Karwar became a company town. The East India Company built fighting ships in the Karwar harbour. For example, the Britannia (1715) which had 18 guns was built to defend Bombay from attacks by Maratha Koli admiral Kanhoji Angre. In the 1700s Karwar was part of the Maratha Empire. In 1784, at the time of the Treaty of Mangalore between Tipu Sultan and the East India Company, Karwar and Sadashivgad were spelt Carwar and Sadasewgude, respectively. After the defeat of the Marathas in the Third Anglo-Maratha War, Karwar was captured by the British. The Bengali poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, who visited Karwar in 1882, dedicated a chapter of his memoirs to this town.  At 22 years, Tagore stayed with his second brother, Satyendranath Tagore, who was a district judge in Karwar. During World War II Karwar was an Indian Naval training site.

*(All the above information are from Wikipedia.)


Airport: Dabolim International Airport in Goa is the nearest airport located at a distance of 99 km.

Rail: The Konkan railway connects Karwar to most major towns and cities. Karwar has three railway stations: Karwar, Asnoti and Harwada. The nearest Goan station is Canacona, 36 km away. Madgaon station lies 68 km to the north.

Road: Karwar city lies on NH 66 that runs roughly north-south along the western coast of India, parallel to the Western Ghats. It connects Panvel (a city south of Mumbai) to Kanyakumari, passing through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Port: Karwar port is located at Baithkol, Karwar Bay. Hills and coastal islands make the port a natural harbour, sheltered from the Arabian sea. The port which is operated by the Government of Karnataka services the hinterland of northern Karnataka, Goa and southern Maharashtra.

Read about my experience at Devbagh beach.

Read about my birdwatching experience in Devbagh beach.