You get the whiff of the place as soon as you see the big Port signboards along with Naval Restricted zone boards. If you are not aware, together with newly commissioned INS Vajrakosh, and INS Kadamba, 20 km, away, Karwar is now the world's largest naval base east of the Suez Canal.
Spread out over 1000 acres, the new naval base would be the home base for a bulk of the Indian Navy's strength on the western coast including two aircraft carriers - INS Vikramaditya and the indigenously built INS Vikrant - over 20 submarines in underground pens and 47 warships. Besides this, it will also have a Naval air station that will base the Boeing P-8i, an advanced maritime surveillance aircraft that is known as 'Poseidon'. The facility will also feature a helicopter base.
Being a small town the places to stay are a bit limited and hence advance booking is recommended. We had booked Aditi comforts, which is primarily service apartment that also has full-fledged Kitchen at your disposal which I would highly vote against use as next door to this place is a small but wonderful restaurant called Shweta lunch home.
From outside it might look a bit crowded and a small joint. But what it lacks there it makes up all with some amazing food especially Sea Food, They have some excellent prawn and crab dishes which ooze out the taste of fresh produce. Even for my wife who is not into seafood, it offered some excellent vegetarian options though limited in number. Don't forget to try the Kokum drink there it's very refreshing and tasty. The owner is a very friendly guy and really will help you in deciding your food among the huge menu.