Karwar is founded in 1863 by the British, Karwar is the district headquarters of Uttara Kannada district. It is named after the village of Kadwad. Karwar has one of the finest facilities for all weather port with a row of islands like Anjadiv, Koormagada, Devgada, etc. protecting it from storm. It also boasts of some of the finest beaches in Karnataka.
In Karwar city one can see places like Rabindranath Tagore Beach, Dancing Musical Fountain, Acquarium, Planitorium, Jai Santhoshi Matha Temple, The Harbour, Ramkrishna Ashrama, Ganesha Temple at Ammadalli, Warship Museum.