Karwar is the place where the legendary writer Late. Sri Rabindranath Tagore first pened his poems. He was greatly impressed by the beauty of Karwar, that he quoted Karwar to be the Kashmir of Karnataka.
Karwar is the administrative headquarters of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka, India. It is a coastal town situated on the banks of the Kali river which is on the west coast of the Indian subcontinent. The town lies about 12 kilometres south of the Karnataka-Goa border and 519 km north-west of Bangalore. 'Karwar' also refers to the encompassing Taluk which includes the surrounding villages. Karwar is also called as 'Kone' by locals. This name had been tagged by British during their reign.
Rabindranath Tagore quoted "The sea beach of Karwar is certainly a fit place in which to realize that the beauty of Nature is not a mirage of the 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 argument?"
Every year, a festival called the "Karavali Utsav" is held on the Rabindranath Tagore Beach, lasting 3 to 4 days. It is organised by Uttar Kannada District Administration as a cultural-social festival of district level. Many shops and stalls are installed at the Tagore Beach Karwar, people from all parts of district and all over the state and neighbouring Goa state participate in the festival. Many cultural events are held at evening time in which artist of regional, national and international level present their shows, they include Bollywood stars, Kannada film stars, Goan artists and local artists.
A bay near Binaga has become a new naval base for the Indian Navy called INS Kadamba, as part of Project Seabird. Thus, its beautiful beaches like the Casurina Beach (at Binaga) - now christened as Kamat Bay by the navy - and the Arga Beach are now transformed with shore infrastructure built by the Indian Navy and are out of bounds for the common man.
Famous personalities from Karwar include Major Rama Raghoba Rane (Param Vir Chakra Awardee - 1948) from Chendia, Karwar and Jayshree Gadkar, a noted Marathi movie actress and a star of Marathi cinema in the 1960s from Kanasgiri, Karwar.