Karwar is one of those small coastal towns where the smell of the sea wafts through the air everywhere. This is our second visit to Karwar, the first time was when we stayed at the Devbagh beach resort managed by Jungles Lodges and Resorts. First time we could not explore much of Karwar as we had proceeded to Palolem in Goa. This time, we were in Karwar, to attend our friend’s wedding.
After a breakfast of idlis at her house, we headed towards our room in Bhadra hotel. Also, we discovered that I had forgotten our camera’s memory card at home. After being pilloried by Pavitra for this unpardonable offense, we settled into our rooms. We inquired at the front desk of places to visit and he parroted a couple of names. So, we set off in the hot sun to wander around Karwar.
We walked along NH7 toward Karwar city. As we walked ahead, we started catching glimpses of the sea through the foliage on the road side. After a couple of peeks, the lure of the sea was too much and we gave up the tar road and made way thorough the shrubs to reach the expansive sea shore. On one side of the shore is the Karwar port and a couple of ships had anchored around the port. The cool breeze gave us a much needed relief from the glaring sun.
Our first stop was the aquarium, which is almost on the sea shore. Last time I visited an aquarium was when I was kid. My heart shrunk a bit looking at all the fishes confined to such a small environment, when they should have been free to explore the world in the big sea outside. In spite of the nagging feeling, I enjoyed looking at the multitude of colorful fishes. Once done with the aquarium, we visited the war ship museum. This is a decommissioned war ship kept for public viewing. This was my first time on a war ship and I grokked down all the details. Also, they played a highly dramatic video displaying the belligerence of the Indian navy in the Indo Pakistan war. After that boost of patriotism, we headed towards the city, did some shopping and settled into our rooms for a siesta.
Evening we took a walk along the long Kali river bridge. This bridge is located at the point where the Kali river joins the sea. The sea, dotted with islands gives you company on one side, while on the other, Kali river surrounded by mountains. Watching the sea from a high vantage point has a beauty of it’s own. The bridge ends in a hillock that has been bisected to make way for the road. We climbed up this small hillock, and sat on the top, viewing the multitude of eagles swarming over in the sky, while traffic whizzed by on the road below. After this sojourn into solitude, we took the path by the bridge down towards the sea. A few minutes away is the estuary of another small river. There is a long windy road by this river bed, which takes you to Devbagh, the tiny fishing hamlet. We sat on the rocks by the sea, listening to the drone of the waves.
Next day evening, after attending the wedding, the Kali river bridge beckoned us again. This time we took the windy mud road to Devbagh. It was a pretty long walk, which ended on the sea shore. The sea was violent, and the waves were trashing the shores with ferocity. We sat on the sand, looking at the sea and the clouds above as the sun took his plunge for the night. It is quite rare to find a beach in India without noisy families, vendors and pan handling beggars. Devbagh beach is one of them. A look at the watch reminded us that we had to head back to our hotel rooms and catch the bus back to Bangalore.