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.

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