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Kurmagad Island

Abound with untouched natural beauty, Kurmagad Island is a tortoise-shaped remote haven located 4 km into the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Karwar. It houses the ruins of an old historic fort and a Narasimha shrine. It is believed that the half Lion - half Human deity Lord Narasimha, the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, had swam across the sea tearing it apart and came here to make the island it's habitat. People from Goa and other parts of Karnataka visit here to offer prayers to Lord Narasimha. A grand annual festival is held here on a full moon day during the Pushya month i.e in December- January. It is ironic that the island has a sweet water pond, in spite of the fact that it is located a few marine miles away from Karwar city.

Tourists can enjoy nature walks, swimming, fishing, bonfires and barbecues, dolphin spotting, boat rides, aqua sports, rock climbing and more. The island is only a kilometer from Devbagh Beach and can be easily accessed in a ferry from Sadhashivgad Boat Jetty. A 20 minute motorboat ride will take one to this beautiful island. September to March is considered to be the ideal time to visit the place. There are several resorts available for stay.

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