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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Refreshing Sights of the Kali River Estuary at Karwar, Karnataka, India

The entire NH 17 (National Highway 17) corridor is refreshingly beautiful and even better is the Goa-Karnataka stretch. After visiting the Calangute and Baga beaches in North Goa and riding through the streets of Panjim, I finally arrived at the Kali River Bridge just before Karwar in Karnataka.


The sight that greeted me was mind-numbing. Here the mighty Kali river joins the Arabian sea and the entire world in front of me was blue. The horizon was never-ending. The Sadashivgad hill that hangs out in the background adds to the aura.

 
There were fishermen in their little canoes who were out with their fishing nets. And there were these slightly larger boats that were carrying sand.


I parked my motorcycle at one end of the bridge and went on a short hike up the Sadashivgad hill. The entire hike offered fantastic views of the River Kali merging with the sea.


As I kept climbing towards the ruins of the Sadashivgad fort, built in 1698 by the Sonda kings, the views got better and I could see a larger panorama.


I could sight plenty of islands close to the mouth of the Kali river. The islands looked very alluring. In fact, I could see some of the more famous ones (Devbagh and Kurumgad) from atop the hill.


The islands here are very popular with tourists and offer a great beach getaway with plenty of options for enjoying water sports, sighting marine life (dolphins), etc.


The Kali River Estuary, the town and beaches of Karwar and the islands nearby all of them offer a very refreshing experience with nature!!

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