The coastal city of Karwar is situated on the banks of River Kali. Unlike the bustling party capital Goa, beaches here are untouched, less crowded and lesser known. The name ‘Karwar’ comes from the word ‘Karwad’ which the British could not pronounce. They made Karwar their city trade center in 1862. Trade flourished via a sea route from the Arabian Sea between Arabs, Portuguese, French, Dutch and, of course, the British. Ibn Battuta, the Moroccon scholar passed through Karwar and mentioned it in his works. In the modern day, Karwar is visited for its serene beaches by those who crave some peace and quiet. Only 100 miles from Goa, these beaches also offer activities like snorkeling and diving. These are the untouched beaches of Karwar that you must visit in your next trip to the South:
Gorgeous golden sands in the remote village of Devbagh are the perfect way to let your stress flow away. Build a sandcastle or two if you are travelling with kids, or indulge in parasailing if you are the adventurous sort. If neither of that is to your liking, you can simply bask in the view, the Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian sea to the other.
Karwar or Rabindranath Tagore Beach
If this beach inspired Rabindranath Tagore, it’s worth a visit, right? When the Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore was young, he travelled to Karwar with his brother. The beauty of the beach inspired him to write his first play. It is known for its seafood delicacies and is visited by international and locals alike. Since the water is not too treacherous, swimming is permitted here.
Around 5 kms from Karwar lies Binaga beach, another gem in the southern coast. Our Lady of St Anne’s Church built by the Portuguese is one of the places to visit here. It is also known for the naval base called Project Seabird. If you are not a beachbum and are looking for water sports activities, you can go dolphin watching, rock climbing or even visit a shipwreck.
Tilmatti beach unlike most beaches in India is made up of fine black sand. The colour of the sand comes from basalt rock being eroded by the waves. The sandy area is quite small, only 100 metres. This unexplored beach is great for fishing and even camping. You can pitch a tent here and sleep under the stars. Sounds magical, doesn’t it?
Unlike its neighbor Tilmatti beach, Majali beach is a golden sand beach. You can opt for a river cruise from Majali beach to Tilmatti beach.
Koodi Bagh Beach
Koodi Bagh beach is located where the river meets the ocean. Think tropical palm trees, the Kali River and the abundant Arabian Sea. Instagram worthy! Various water sports are conducted for tourists here like canoeing, banana boats, kayaking, paddling. Depending on your fitness level, you can opt for one of these or all of these! It is 4.5 km from the Karwar Bus Stand and 3 km from Devbagh beach.
Isn’t Karwar an amazing place to go beach hopping? Go a bit further away from Goa and experience the unblemished, untouched beaches of Karwar. You can also check out our blog on why Karwar should be your next travel destination, if you are not yet convinced. Looking for a beach resort in Karwar? Sterling Karwar is a fabulous resort that everyone in your family will enjoy. The resort can even arrange for a tour guide if you wish to go exploring. The best time to visit the Karwar beaches is from October to May, although July is the most preferred. Other than the beaches you can also enjoy the numerous waterfalls, ornate temples like Naganatha temple, Venkatrama temple, the Dargah of Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat or the octagonal church at Karwar beach. Karwar is about 100 km away from Goa,167 Km from Belgaum, 273 km from Mangaluru and around 500 kilometers away from Bangalore. Given how well connected Karwar is, there is just no reason not to go! Grab your sunnies, pack your bags and let’s go!