We were on the lookout for our next destination to spend our weekend in Feb '20. Karwar was on my mind, and was unanimously agreed upon proposing the same to the group. Karwar is where the 300 kms of Karnataka coastline draws to an end, and is right on the border to Goa. As such this sleepy little hamlet has a mix of Konkani and Kannada flavors wherever you go. Situated on the banks of Kali river Karwar has its name in the pages of History right from the moment when the Portuguese landed in India. Rabindranath Tagore rightly termed Karwar as the 'Kashmir of Karnataka' upon his visit, such is the tranquil beauty of this place.
Today, Karwar functions as a Naval base for the Indian Navy. If you're on the lookout to spend a weekend on the sandy shores minus the maddening crowds of Goa then Karwar ticks all the boxes. From Bengaluru its an overnight journey of around 550 kms, quite a distance but luckily the communication network both by buses and train are good. We booked a sleeper bus that departs at 8 pm from Kalasipalyam and reaches Karwar by 7 am. Our bus would take the route via Belagavi, and passes through the beautiful ghat section before coming to its final destination.