Karwar is situated on the banks of the Kali Nadi River. This captivating town is known for its scenic landscape that is dotted with hills and valleys of Western Ghats.Devbagh Island is the most stunning and unspoiled of all Islands around Karwar. It said that Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore stayed here in his younger days, and also penned a poem about the place. There are several small islands that surround the Devbagh Island and one of them is the captivating Oyster-rock.

The Devgad Island or the Oyster Rock has one of the oldest lighthouses atop. The small islets known as Oyster Rocks are a hotspot for Water Sports in Karnataka. If you are a Scuba Diving and Snorkeling enthusiast, this is the destination for you. You can explore some of the exotic marine beauties underwater and have an enthralling experience that will make you come back again.

Exact Location: Oyester Rocks is located 11 km from Kawar, which is the capital of Uttara Kannada district.

Nearest Town: Goa (100+ km), Hubli (160+ km), Mangalore (260+ km)

Distance from Bangalore: 520+ km

How to Reach:  Bangalore - Shimoga - Ankola - Karwar.

You can board an overnight bus from Bangalore to Karwar. Also, buses regularly ply between Madgoan and Karwar. Karwar is well-linked with Delhi, Mumbai and Mangalore by Konkan railway. However, some super-fast trains do not halt here, and you need to get down at Madgoan or Ankola, and from there hire a tax or board a slow train to Karwar. To reach Oyster Rock, you need to board a boat from Karwar port.

Goa has the nearest airport. From Goa airport, you can hire a taxi to reach Oyster Rock which takes around 2 hours drive.

Best Time to Visit: October to May.

Other Information

Sadashivgad Hill Fort: Located 5 km north of Karwar, this 1698 built fort is a major attraction in the Uttara Kannada district. It houses an ancient Durga Bhavani Temple. Near Sadashivgad, Kali River rushes to meet Arabian Sea here, and the confluence makes for a spectacular view.

Narasimha Temple: This ancient temple is located atop a hill in a tortoise shaped island, Kurumgad. This island is 6 km from Karwar. One can follow a trekking trail to reach the top. The temple is dedicated to Narasimha who is believed to be the 10th incarnation of Lord Vishnu.