Sunday, July 27, 2008

Fishing Boats anchored...

.. in the Arabian Sea off Karwar coast, near Kurumgad island.
Once in a year there is a grand annual festival on this once inhabited island.People From Goa & Karnataka flock to this island in January to offer prayers to Lord Narasimha. It is believed that this Half Lion & Half Human diety, Reincarnation of Lord Vishnu in Hindu Mythology, swam accross the sea & made his way to this Island tearing it apart & made it it's abode. The Island has a sweet water pond despite the fact that it is located some nautical miles away from Karwar City in mid Arabian sea.

Saturday, July 26, 2008


A colourful design called a Rangoli is made near the entrance to a house to welcome guests. Traditionally they are painted or created out of coloured sand/rice powder. A symmetrical design or picture (Gods, Goddess, Dancers, Diwas etc.) is drawn and coloured rice powder/sand is then layered on top to form a picture.

In a traditional household, the lady of the house starts her daily chores with purifying herself, drawing some Rangoli lines in front of the pooja room and the tulsi. Her regular routine begins after this ritual. With this, her entire day remains fresh and lively.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Saturday, July 19, 2008

"Fishing" Holiday....

Beginning from the second week of June, mechanical fishing is banned till mid-August. To the fishermen, it means a two-month long ' forced vacation'. Along the 350 km Karnataka coastline (starting from Sadashivgarh in Karwar to Talpadi in Mangalore), around 9,000 Persin trawlers and around 20,000 conventional (country) boats fish in the more than 10 fishing ports maybe around 40,000 are parked.
The declining fish population, in spite of the annual ban, remains a mystery. The fish population is diminishing at an annual rate of 25 per cent, say official sources.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Baithkol - the natural Port of Karwar

Karwar, an ancient town of sea trade, was visited by the Arabs, Dutch, Portuguese, French & later the British. The British made this place their district headquarters in 1862. The name Baithkhol is an Arabic term, Bait el- Khol meaning bay of safety. Ibn battuta passed through this tract. Commodities of export to foreign countries were brought from Deccan by routes, which passed through this tract for several centuries. Karwar is the safest port to the south of Bombay fit for use during all seasons. The port is a hill projecting into the sea called "Karwar Head" surrounded by five islands, Anjidiv, Kurumgad, Devgad, Madling-gad and Shamshigudda protecting the port from heavy winds.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Poor Marketing.....

Proof of poor marketing of the Tourist Potential of my town Karwar, by the Governmental Authorities...

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Tulsi Katta

The Basil Plant(locally known as Tulsi)is planted in a pedestal (katta) and worshipped before every Hindu home and Temple every morning and evening. This is one such colorful rendition of the Tulasi Katta, at Sri. Durga Temple on Sadashivgad Hill Fort.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Tuesday, July 1, 2008