Travel from Goa to Rabindranath Tagore's 'Kashmir in Karnataka', seated approx. 76km away
Are you done exploring the overcrowded beaches of Goa and need a detour to someplace quiet? Then we have the perfect place for you to steer to! Popularly known as the "Kashmir of Karnataka", Karwar is full of some restful locales and several equally exciting spots as well. This charismatic city is a 76 km drive away from Goa and if you want to click a few more sun-kissed selfies on tranquil and picturesque beaches, here's where you should be!
Tagore's 'Kashmir of Karnataka'
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Karwar is recognized as the place where Rabindranath Tagore first penned down his poems and subsequently, there is also a beach here named after him! Legends state that Tagore was so impressed by the beauty of Karwar, that he coined the term "Kashmir of Karnataka" as an ode to its serene beaches that are bound to bewitch you. When here, you should also definitely check out Majali Beach, Tilmati Beach, Binaga Beach, Karwar Beach, Koodi Bagh Beach and Devbagh Beach!
A haven for all you sporty ones!
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Not all of us want to laze in the sun every day; some want a day off from relaxing too! For that, Karwar's water sports are what you need. Snorkelling, Kayaking and Dolphin Spotting are prominent water sports available at the beaches here and if you have an adventurous streak in you, this place will serve you good.
Another thing to take up in Karwar, is the Banana Boat Jet Ride, which is well-loved by tourists and even Paramotoring on Tagore Beach is quite popular. Flying above the sprawling beaches and the panoramic view of the Arabian Sea, are some visuals you will remember throughout your life!
Step out of the water!
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A few prominent temples in Karwar that you must pay a visit to are Karwar Sri Naganath Temple, Durga Devi Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, to turn this leisure trip into a spiritual one as well.
Apart from this, the Karwar Aquarium is something you cannot miss when in this city, especially if you have kids along with you! Also for all of those who love historically significant locales and museums, the Warship Museum of Karwar and Sadashivgadh Fort, are places that will definitely pique your interest.
A marvelous combination of Western Ghats and beaches, the best time to visit Karwar is during the cooler months! You can rent a bike from Gokarna and ride to Karwar if you're up for an adventure, otherwise, there are buses and autorickshaws too.
BTW do you remember when Priyanka Chopra flipped her hair in slow motion while coming out of the ocean in Dostana? Well, that's the dramatic shot you simply need to recreate for your Instagram and there is no better spot than the tempting beaches of Karwar!