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A short boat ride from Karwar, across the coastal Arabian sea lies the undiscovered gem of Karnataka. The pristine beauty of Devbagh island would transform even a pragmatic into a romantic soul. It is one of the few places in India that offers excellent diving opportunities to explore local marine life.
Devbagh: literally meaning “Garden of Gods” lies in the northern coastal reagion along Karnataka’s endless stretch of sandy beach and blue waters of the Arabian sea; it is a perfect place for an idyllic vacation. One can laze in a hammock by the side of the beach amidst groves of casuarinas, go swimming, snorkeling or diving.
A ten minute boat ride away from Karwar, Devbagh initially appears like a tiny speck on the horizon. As the boat nears the jetty the island gradually reveals its beauty of secluded beaches and sparkling water framed in the backdrop of the panoramic azure blue sky. Devbagh lives up to its name offering heavenly solitude.
The coral reefs in the sea reveal a new world to your eyes. Watching the magnificent fishes swimming in and out of the reefs is a beautiful experience in itself. Tiny islands dotted along the coastline off Devbagh provide a haven for the prolific fish life found in this area that includes damselfish, sergeant majors, butterfly fish and many other marine life wonders.
A tiny secluded cove on Lady’s island is the perfect snorkelling site for non swimmers. Divers can explore the kaleidoscope of marine life to their heart’s content here. A total of eight diving sights can be found around Devbagh on islands like Kurumgad, Oyster Rock, Sannyasi and Anjadeep. Advanced scuba diving courses are also run here.
Another special sight are the families of dolphins frolicking in the sea. Sea gulls and Sea otters can also be seen.
Halakki Valakal tribals inhabit the area and their life can be observed at close quarters in Devbagh. The town of Kumta nearby specialises in sandalwood carving. A trek in the local forests can also be planned.
Other than Devbagh island, there are many small islands in this area. Sadashivgarh Island: This island is close to the main Karwar. It is famous for its Shantadurga Temple and the ruins of an old fort. The Sadashivgarh fort was built by Raja Sadashivrao in 1698 AD. Kurumgad Island: Famous amongst devotees for a Narsimha shrine, this Island also has some interesting rock formations which were formed due to volcanic activity many years ago. Oyster rock or Devgarh Island: This beautiful island has an old light house on the hill which was built in the 1860s. Sanyasi Island: According to a legend this island once was the home of a saint. Anjadeep Island- Some old portguese houses and ruins of a church can be seen here.
Karwar cuisine has a variety of sea food delicacies. Fish and crab in coconut gravy, fried mackerel, whole clams, sardines and Bombil all are prepared while still fresh from the sea.
Nearby places Train stations Airports
Ankola 37 Km 00H 30m
Karwar 7 Km 00H 09m
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A well known pilgrim centre in the coastal Karnataka, Gokarna is famous for its temples and beautiful secluded beaches on the endless expanse of the Arabian sea.
108 Km 01H 40m
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One of the finest diving sites in India, Netragudo or Netrani (also know as Pigeon island) island lies on the Karnataka coast near the holy town of Murudeshwar. Home to endangered coral reefs, Netrani is blessed with diverse and abundant marine life and is a perfect place for exploring the bounties of the sea.
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Nestled on the coastal edge Mangalore is beautifully fringed with coconut palms, streams, aroma of spicy coconut curries and also known for it rich heritage of temples.
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Best Seasons
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Season Min. Temp. Max. Temp.
Summer 28 °C 37 °C
Winter 22 °C 30 °C
The best time to visit Devbagh is from October-March. This is when the climate is extremely pleasant and suitable for the various water sports activities.

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