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Itinerant

Visit to Karwar and Goa

Karwar_Devbagh_Fish_net

Participants:

1. Anil Naik
2. Shrikant Gaikwad
3. Abul Hasim
4. Myself

Date: 25th Dec 2009

Mode of Transport: Bus, Train

Karwar is the administrative headquarters of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka, India. It is a seaside town situated on the banks of the Kali river which is on the west coast of the Indian peninsula. The town lies about 15 kilometres south of the Karnataka-Goa border and 519 km north-west of Bangalore.

Goa is India’s smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. Located on the west coast of India in the region known as the Konkan, it is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, and by Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast.

Day 1:
A day at Karwar:

Karwar city was a small one. You could walk across the whole city on foot. The railway station is just 7 km from the main city Bus station. Road’s are clean and the best part was that, there were no traffic signals, Woh!

Rabindra Nath Tagore Beach, which lies on the by-pass to Goa, seems a lonely beach during the afternoon hours as we experienced. But as the sun was going down the horizon, crowds gather up to see the sunset. It was a great experience. The strong hitting of the waves against our body was a great feeling.

Day 2:
A day at Goa:

Beaches, Beaches and Beaches with bikini clad firangi’s, and Indian trying to match them.

Day 3:
A day at Devbagh beach resort, Karwar:

Devbagh resort is one of the few resorts from the forest departments of Karnataka. Actually it is just a few kilometers from Karwar city. You can either take a boat ride or a bus from Karwar itself. In case you are taking the boat ride you can see the Kali river meeting the Arabian sea. You can have a full/half day at the resort. Cottages/Tents are also available therein. You need to book the tickets in advance. The beach is some sort of a private beach wherein you are all on yourself. Water is crystal clear. You can actually find lot of small crabs all along the beach, though they are not at all dangerous. We had enjoyed very much. It is better not to venture out in the sea during the high tide.

After the visit from the resort, Shrikant and myself went to the INS Chappal, an Indian Navy Ship which is currently a museum at Karwar. We were able to see the machinery that runs an warship along with the ammunitions that it had carried while it was in commission, torpedo’s, gun’s and launcher’s. Proud of Indian Navy.

Day 4:
A day at Goa:

Beaches, Beaches and Beaches with bikini clad firangi’s and Indians trying to match them.

The good thing that I found was that, the beaches are being in constant vigilance by the Goa Tourism Department. Rescuers are positioned in many places with flags marking the area where swimming is to be carried out or not. This is being runned by the government through an organization named “Shristhi”. The rescuers are being well equipped with water proof walkie-talkies in order to communicate with each other and first aid kits. The only thing that the rescuers complained about was, that Indians would drink and swim in deep sea(some does not know how to swim), and would never follow the instructions specified, We Indians!. It is through their relentless efforts/vigilances of the guards like Anil, Madhav et all, that has made it possible for the Goa-n beaches to be safe and thereby reducing the number of mishaps that had occurred in the past. I salute them for their effort/service.

One liner: We should have control (Anil).

Lodging/Food at Karwar:

1. Hotel Navaratna Deluxe
2. Hotel Amrut

Last but not the least, a good place to visit with friends, eat and drink.

Goa Images: https://ophiophagus.assamonnet.org/album/Goa
Karwar Images: https://ophiophagus.assamonnet.org/album/Karwar
Devbagh Beach: https://ophiophagus.assamonnet.org/album/Devbagh_Resort

8 Comments

  1. Amit

    Great Work

  2. vinod

    Hi

    Wanted to know how was Hotel Navaratana Deluxe? How was your experience in the Hotel?

    I am planning to stay there when I visit Karwar next weekend.

    Thanks in advance for your reply.

  3. Comment by post author

    I don’t remember the exact amount. But it was quiet cheap at that period also. We paid around 3000/- for 3 days.

  4. vinod

    Thank you for your immediate reply.

    However, more than their price, I wanted to know their service. Can you tell me how the rooms were? How their service was? Was your stay there pleasant?

    Thanks again.

  5. Comment by post author

    Their service is good. Since we did not explore other hotels I am not in a position to compare with others. Moreover the rooms were also clean.

    We had to spent only the nights therein since we were roaming around the whole day. It was a pleasant stay therein.

    I would suggest going to Devbagh Beach Resort and stay there itself in their huts. Price is around 2500/- per hut, as we were told.

  6. Pretty reasonable itinerary…. I heard that Devbagh beach resort is expensive…

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