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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Coastal India In Photos : #1 Sadashivgad Fort Karwar Karnataka

Karwar Coastal Karnataka

Brace yourself because we have another photo story and series coming up from Coastal parts of India, and I will be writing about lots of well known as well as those hidden beauties, beginning today with one from a quaint little Coastal town from far north of Karnataka, India.

The length of Indian Coastline is about 7500+ according to Wiki, both mainland and islands. So far I have explored Half or little less of it I believe, and that is from North Goa in the west to All the way south to Kanyakumari, Rameshwaram, and Chennai in the east. the length in its entirety, I explored during many trips to Canara / Kanara, Goa, and South Indian trekking and road trips. The 300KMs of Coastal Karnataka in the Monsoon season, is my most favorite. This article covers a small area of it, in North-most, The natural beauty of which, became an inspiration to India’s first noble lauterate Shree Ravindranath Tagore  to write “Prakritir Pratishoota” or “ Nature’s revenge” which later became his very first play, Sanyasi. Yes, I am talking about Karwar.

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This district headquarter and a port town, Karwar was a major sea trade center, once visited by Arabs, Dutch, Portuguese, French and later the British. First known to be part of Maratha Empire, the corner town situated on the confluence of river Kali and Arabian sea became part of British Empire when they defeated Marathas and took over Karwar.


Sadashivgad, an old fortress, about 6kms away from main Karwar town, was built by Rulers of Kingdom of Bijapur, and then got its name from Sadashiv Rao Sonde of Sonde near Sirsi, one of the few Konkani kings in Karnataka, who took care of it till it was taken over by Portuguese and was used as Harbor shelter.

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Dilapidated, yet Sadashivgad fort is one of the best tourist attraction of karwar, due to the location and 360 degree picturesque views that it offers. Situated right next to the Kali bridge, towards Goa end, its very easy to reach. Midway on the Sadashivagad hill is the many centuries old Shantadurga Temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga who's also a Kuldevi of Fishermen living in the village by the same name as fort about 2 KM east. A 17th century Dargah in the fort, also attracts a lot of Muslim pilgrims.

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I was here 5 years back, around the same date as today. This is the second time I was visiting Karwar. In my first trip, I hiked to Guddali Peak and was mostly on south side of the town, so in trip, I thought I'd explore the north side of the town and Devbag/ Devbagh. On my way to Devbagh, I stopped here and explored the ruins leisurely.

In picture above, is the "River kali Bridge" as seen from little fortress opposite Sadashivgad. As you can see, you can climb a few stairs and get one of the most exotic views of the confluence also a glimpse of Tagore beach, Devbagh beach and the bridge.

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I climbed down to the shore through a short curvy path, The little beach with lovely blue-green clear water is stunningly beautiful. Now after 5 years, I am wondering how crowded these places are, but when I visited I had the entire place for myself, and I couldn't be much happier.

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The little fortress from the beach.
All these photos are shot by an Entry-level Nikon DSLR, that I borrowed from someone in the trip itself. this is the first time I held a DSLR, and made images with it, so forgive my camera settings. All these photographs were shot in jpeg, I haven;t even processed these images, due to the volume and also because, though sky is burned it many of them, the water color is stunning, and they all have slight vintage feel to them. I sort of like em as they are.


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Cute isn't it. a little sitting area at the end of the bridge towards the sea. the breeze is cool and you can enjoy the sunset from here, which is one of the most beautiful you'd see from western coast of india.

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I loved the little tree, on the backdrop of water. I still love it.

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The stairs from the sitting area taking you to the beach. 

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this is where the road cuts the hill in half, dividing the fort in two parts. Towards the left is what I was showing you in above image, and on the right a little ahead is the entrance to the fort ruins. 
this road will take you to Goa.

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The entrance to the fort.

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The wall towards the west, I loved the view from the top, that nothing could beat. 
One of the highest point on the shore it is, in this area, so you can get a incredible view of the sea, river Kali, the beach, village area, and of course sunset.



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This is the view of Devbagh, another beautiful destination in Karwar. which I'll explore and showcase in next photo essay.

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This image though did n't come out well, I added because, its one of the artifact present in the fort currently, the craft that is done on a trunk.

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Yes a Canon is still around. I missed digging it for the gold inside though. the view took over the nature-lover's mind, and I guess, the detective in me, went in to dormant state.

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The south-east side of the fort-wall. There is a guest house on the left, or the care-taker's house, I think the east side of the fort is also used for some government satellite project. down below you can see river Kali.

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Some construction that's still intact. 

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A seat or something else I could n't figure out but It was good to see, some non-broken things, thats rare in case of all the historical buildings in India, ruled, used, hated and loved for centuries.

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The view of the bridge from the south end of the fort.

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Some more Tree Art, this was quite clean and prominent.

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Just loved the lonely tree, so tried a B&W on it. this is the same tree with faces crafted on its trunk.

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Oh the most important one there, my horse. He was Kind enough to help me shoot all those views. So Thank you my Little Horse, I wish i could bring you back home with me. 

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And the final one. None of these images are panoramas. I had a fisheye so I had to crop most of them horizontally. I hope you enjoyed the essay, I loved going back in the memory lane and reminiscing this trip.

BTW, I forgot to mention there is a big Hydraulic just outside the beach and the bridge at the confluence of river Kali and the arabian sea. I can recall someone telling me the entire story of it when we were kayaking near Tagore beach. I would have to find out my notes to tell you what were those. Talking about Hydraulic - well I got in to one myself. not here, but down south. I have that story in draft. will publish soon. until then.


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said...

Nice photo essay. Sadashivgad definitely offers exceptional views. It is blissful to see the sun go down from there. Re-kindled memories of my trip there 3 years back.

said...

@Niranjan - Thank you. Yes indeed. I also happened to visit the island, a peak called Guddali and Devbagh along with few beaches. I think the quite little town in its entirety is a paradise unfold. Love this place.

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