A railway bridge near the town
|• Body||Honnavar Town Panchayat|
|Elevation||2 m (7 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-KA|
|Vehicle registration||KA 47|
Honavar or Honnavar is a port town in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, India. The town is the headquarters of Honnavar Taluk. The town lies around 37 kms north of Bhatkal and 91 kms south of district headquarters of Karwar.
Honnavar along with other port cities of Karnataka such as Bhatkal, and Mangalore has a very long history. The port hosted foreign traders from the Arab world, as well as later from European countries such as Portugal, England and the Netherlands. The 14th century Moroccan traveler Ibn Batutta stopped in the port during his voyage. The principal export from Honnavar was black pepper. The early traders in the town were of mixed arab and Indian descent. During the European domination of the Indian Ocean trade the Portuguese and the English built warehouses at the port.
- Inland Water
There are proposals for improvements to the Inland Water Transportation system between Honnavar and Gerusoppa along the Sharavati river coast. Also, the Office of Ferries Inspector (Mangalore Circle) that oversees Inland Water Transportation System of the entire coastal belt of Karnataka State is headquartered at Honnavar.
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