The port city of Karwar provides good connections for those travelling along the scenic coastal highway between Goa and Mangalore, or the equally good inland highway to Hampi via Hubli. The wildlife sanctuary of Dandeli is just a 3 hour drive away along a winding ghat road.

A short speedboat ride from Karwar takes you to Devbagh, a casuarina filled island, with a long sandy and totally undisturbed beach. Here you find the idyllic Devbagh Beach Resort.

What to see

Getting There

Air: The nearest airport is at Goa.

Rail: A railhead on the Konkan line it is connected to (Margao) Goa, Mangalore.

Road: Motorable roads connect Karwar to Goa, Belgaum, Hubli-Dharwar, Mangalore and Mysore.

General information

Railfall: June to August City code: 08382

Excursions

  1. Cokarna (60 km): South of Karwar, along the coast is Cokarna, famous for the Atmalingal in the ancient temple here. It is also a centre for Sanskrit learning. 60 kms further is Yana. A deserted township with unique rock formations.

  2. Dhatkal (135 km): South of Karwar is Dhatkal, a historical township. This ancient port town has temples of Vijayanagara times and many interesting Jain monuments. 16 kms away is the scenic holy place of Murdeshwan The temple here attracts a lot of devotees and tourists. The Pigeoil Island is off the Murdeshwar coast. The beaches at Gokarna, Bhatkal and Murdeshwar are undiscovered and thankfully unspoilt.

  3. Banavasi(140 km): A temple town mentioned in the Hindu epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

  4. Dandeli Wild life Sanctury (125 km):The second largest sanctuary in Karnataka after the Bandipur National Park.(Timing: 0600 hrs-0800 hrs & 1600 hrs-1800 hrs). Closed during monsoons (June - October).