Karwar is an important port city of Karnataka and serves as a Naval base too. It lies on the north western corner of Karnataka where the state shares a border with Goa. So it seemed like fun to drive all the way up to the border. Like I said in the previous post, for me, this trip to the west coast was like filling that gap between Kerala and Goa.
We didn't stay in Karwar during the trip. It was Gokarna that was our base for a few days. After the scenic drive along National Highway 17 (NH-17), when we got to Karwar, the kids were still fast asleep in the back seat. That was when we thought we'd drive up to the end of the state. On the way we crossed Kali Bridge that connects the banks of the Kali River. The Kali River, which originates in the Western Ghats flows into the Arabian Sea here in Karwar.
The area near the bridge is scenic. If you are passing by, it would be great to stop here and take in the vistas: there's the massive Kali River joining the Arabian Sea, and the Devbagh Island on one side and on the other, is a river island (the person watching Devbagh's jetty told me it was called the Kali Island) sitting smug in the Kali River.
While we were in Karwar, we also stopped by the INS Chapal and had a look inside it. INS Chapal is a warship-turned-Maritime museum stationed just off Rabindranath Tagore Beach. Inside we saw the ship's mess, the officers's bunks, the bridge, the main engine, the places where the officers on duty answered nature's calls and all that. Now where have I seen this before? Aha! the SS Jeremiah O'Brien in SF. Oh my! that's another post that still hasn't gone up, it's not even in the drafts. My list of places visited and still not documented on this blog is only getting longer but that doesn't stop me from tripping. ;)
Coming back to the Indian Warship, here is a quick look into the INS Chapal. I particularly liked the life size figures that are on exhibit. I had read about it when I was doing my pre-trip homework but then it slipped off my mind while I was actually on the ship so I'm not lying when I say I got a start when I got to one of the cabins and saw a handsome gentleman in uniform peering at me.
After getting some education at the warship, we decided to have an easy evening at Ravindranath Tagore Beach and watch the sun set and allow sonny boy to do what he likes doing most -- playing in the sand.
From the warship and from the Beach, Karwar showed us all the islands that lie just off this port city - Kurumgud, Madhyalingad and Devgad islands. And in the evening when the sun was on its way down, they made such grand silhouettes out at sea turning the area into a very pretty picture.
Places we did not visit that you might be interested in:
- Sadashivgad Fort
- Children's Aquarium.
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