Karwar port in Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka is a well-placed port and the city is the administrative headquarters of Uttara Kannada. Located on the Kali river on the west coast of India, Karwar is only 15km from the Goan border. The port is one of the oldest in India – it was used by the Portuguese, French, Arabs, Dutch and the British for trade.

The bay at Karwar has a wide mountain range opposite the port which protects the ships that berth at the harbour. This natural safety has made Karwar a favoured port. Karwar port is important for sea trade, fishing and maritime services of the nation.

Ancient Karwar has had the Portuguese, Marathas and the British ruling it. Even Tipu Sultan has had interests here. The Muslim community refer to Karwar as Baithkol (“Bait-e-kol” in Arabic means ‘bay of safety’). There are also various Hindu sects and Christians in the area. The main occupations of the locals are agriculture, fisheries, sericulture, horticulture, animal husbandry, beekeeping and leather works.

Sadashivgad Fort situated where the Kali river meets the Arabian Sea is a famous spot of tourist interest. As the town is located between the Arabian sea and the Western Ghats, there is a lot to see. Other tourist spots to visit are the Karwar Beach, Devbagh Beach, Guddahalli Peak, Oyster Rock Lighthouse, Kurumgad Island, Devkar Falls, Anshi National Park and the Jai Santoshi Maata Temple.
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