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Devbagh Beach, Karwar Overview

Perhaps one of the most famous beaches in the state of Karnataka, Devbagh beach is a nature lover's paradise. This quiet seaside in Karwar may seem like the typical beach experience at first glance, yet it offers so much more. With white seagulls flying across the backdrop of a softly lit coral sky, this destination creates a delightful view that can be cherished for long after you leave. The river Karli meets the Arabian Sea at this spot, which together with the pristine beauty of surrounding mountains makes for a splendid sight.

The beach is an untouched beauty, sandwiched between the magnificent Western Ghats and the mighty Arabian Sea, where one can still hear the gentle crashing of the waves, and watch the majestic sun disappear into the ocean giving way to a velvety moonlit night.

Along with its enchanting splendour, one can also try their hand at some thrilling adventure sports such as jet skiing, parasailing, parachute riding, banana ride, speed boating among many others. And if you're in luck, you might even spot a dolphin or two while on an expedition into the waters! Whether you choose to stay at a grand Resort or a simpler homestay, Devbagh has a treat for everyone. All in all, if a quiet, leisurely outing by the sea with a pinch of adrenaline is your idea of a vacation, Devbagh beach is the place to be.

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Scuba Diving and Snorkeling at Devbagh Beach

The depths of the seas are surely a thing that stirs the curiosity of everyone, and if you wish to discover the same, you must most certainly try snorkelling here! The experience of this adventure sport is mesmerising, as you get to have a look at marine life in all its natural glory. The azure blue water with its myriad fish swimming away through the web of corals and seaweed, this scene will embed itself in your memories for the rest of your life. And if simply looking at the sea creatures leaves you wanting more, go scuba diving with them! A once in a lifetime chance in every sense of the word, this activity is an incredible opportunity to become one with the seas.

Things To Do at Devbagh Beach

Just as waves are eternally caressing the shores, the depths of the seas are constantly abuzz with activity, making it a source of wonder for beach lovers. The waters near Devbagh beach are perfect diving sites, easily reachable via speedboat and providing a good degree of visibility for truly immersing yourself into life beneath the sea. 

Located amidst a Casuarina Grove, Devbagh beach offers ample opportunity for little hikes into the trees, or simply walking along the beach. One can also cruise up to the place where River Kali meets the sea, which is usually where dolphins are spotted leaping across the waters. The coastline beside the river is lined by mangrove thickets, home to a diversity of birds and a catch for wildlife or bird photographers. Occasionally, one may also hear a jackal prowling about in the dark, looking for food on the beach.

For the explorers amongst you, the nearby islands of Kumaragarh, Oyster-Rock, Sanyasi and Anjudeep should definitely be on your itinerary. Sanyasi Island is named after a legendary monk who chose the island as his refuge for practising meditation and attaining enlightenment. Despite being cut off from humanity for a long time, he is said to have lived on the isolated island up to ripe old age. Oyster-Rock Island, on the other hand, hosts a monument of particular historical interest - a lighthouse used from the times of British colonialism. One can either simply visit the lighthouse, or even arrange for a special package to learn how to curate the tower over the holiday. Now that would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Devbagh Beach provides a unique opportunity to experience homestays right in the company of local families. Make friends with the indigenous population here, and you can learn about their culture, traditions, and lifestyle. Also, the wide variety of local eateries here give an exquisite taste of the regional delicacies and will surely leave you wanting more! A wholesome experience, Devbagh beach must not be missed.

Go Local at Devbagh Beach

Having carefully held on to its cultural roots, Devbagh Beach provides a unique chance to experience the fascinating local culture of southwestern India. Dubbed as the 'Kashmir of Karnataka', Karwar is a natural harbour, and Devbagh beach is a boat ride away from the main coast. A small cultural expedition may be well worth your efforts, as getting to know the indigenous people have its advantages here.

Not only will you learn about their culture and traditions, you may get to hear about the everyday life of these people, including fishing adventures, the best way to catch seafood, and other not so commonly told stories about the region. Also, wide varieties of local eateries provide an exquisite taste of the regional delicacies and will surely leave you wanting more!

A tryst with Ravindranath Tagore

It is said that the Nobel Laureate found inspiration as a poet at the beaches of Karwar when he first visited the place in 1882 along with his brother. Wandering by the mighty ocean brought forth the poet inside, as he penned down his very first play 'Prakritir Pratishoota' or 'Nature's Revenge' during his stay at Devbagh and surrounding beaches. He contemplated on nature's bounties in his memoir:

"The beach of Karwar is certainly a fit place in which to realize that the beauty of nature is not a mirage of imagination, but reflects the joy of the infinite and thus draws us to lose ourselves in it. Where the universe is expressing itself in the magic of its laws it may not be strange if we miss its infinitude; but where the heart gets into immediate touch with immensity in the beauty of the meanest of things, is any room left for an argument?"

Best Time To Visit Devbagh Beach

The months of October to May are best suited for visiting Devbagh beach. The clear summer skies (March-May) are ideal for water sports activities. Later during the year, the area teems with the chirping of migratory birds, which is why it is also an excellent time to spend a laidback holiday at the beach (especially for bird-lovers and photographers!)

Tips For Visiting Devbagh Beach

1. Do carry hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and other materials for safety as a majority of your time will be spent outdoors.
2. The best time for snorkelling is in the early morning from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
3. The beach and the surrounding area can be best explored on foot
4. Kindly avoid smoking in the area as it may prove to be cause for a forest fire.

How To Reach Devbagh Beach

Travellers can arrive via air at Dabolim Airport (98 km) or Hubli Airport (167 km). A local taxi or cab could be hired to reach your hotel/resort at Devbagh Beach. Karwar railway station is the nearest, with overnight trains from New Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Kochin, Jaipur and Bangalore. The beach is also well-connected by roads, especially from major cities in the neighbouring states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Goa. It is 8 km from the Karwar Bus Stand.

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