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Kurumgad Beach

Kurumgad Beach is a tortoise shaped island located about 4km away from Karwar and is one of the five islands in this region. It lies almost in the middle of well known places like Goa, Bangalore and Panaji and presently lies in the Uttara Kannada region.

Kuruma means tortoise and that’s how the island got its name Kurumgad. Kurumgad along with the other islands and Karwar are a tourist hub and a great weekend destination from Bangalore.

Kurumgad Island is just 1 km away from Devbagh Beach, Karwar. Enjoy the panoramic view of the sea, sand and the neighboring islands from the tableland of the island here.

Scenic Beauty

There are palm trees along the coastline and the sight of the grey sea is simply soothing for the eyes. Along with that, one can see many sea animals such as otters and dolphins that can be found near and on the island.

Kurumgad is steeped in history, complete with the remains of a fort with cannon holes.


Water Sports

You can have the fun of the popular water sports like swimming, fishing and enjoy a game of beach volleyball. Snorkeling, dolphin and seal-spotting, tidal pools, boat rides to neighboring islands, diving, treasure hunts and star-gazing are some other activities that one can enjoy here.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Kurumgad

Kurumgad region is amongst the rare places in Karnataka where one can indulge in snorkeling and scuba diving. This makes it a haven for those interested in water sports. Scuba diving in Devbagh and Kurumgad is run by trainers affiliated to PADI - Professional Association of Diving Instructors. There are options of learning and certifying yourselves in Scuba diving.

Narasimha Temple

Kurumgad Beach is very popular for the hilltop Narasimha temple, which becomes a major attraction for thousands of devotees who visit the temple at the time of the annual jatra, which takes place during the Pushya Purnima in January.

Lighthouse in Devbagh

The island is also home to a deserted light house, which has historic relevance. The lighthouse located on Devbagh Island is one of the oldest in this region as it was constructed in the 1860s during the British rule in India. With a dome and a lantern room, the lighthouse has a colonial style of architecture.

When to Visit

The right time to visit the beach is from September to May. Avoid visiting during the rainy seasons which lasts from June to August.

And there is no need to be worried about the accommodations as there are nearly twenty resorts and budget hotels in Karwar. The local Karwari cuisine serves seafood and other local delicacies.

How to Reach

The trip to the beach is through a boat ride from the Sadhashivgad jetty which is on the backwaters of the river Kali at Karwar.

Nearest Airport to Karwar

Goa, Belgaum, Mangalore

Nearest Railhead

The railway station is located at Shirwad, 5 km away from Karwar.


Karwar is well connected by roads from Goa, Bangalore, Mangalore, Dandeli, Hubli and Belgaum.

Distance from Karwar

  • Panjim (Goa): 100 km
  • Bangalore: 525 km
  • Dandeli: 117 km
  • Mangalore: 268 km
  • Hubli: 160 km
  • Belgaum: 167 km

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