INS Chapal Warship Museum is a Museum on Decommissioned Chamak class missile boat of the Indian Navy called INS Chapal (K94). It is located at the Rabindranath Tagore beach in Karwar city, Karnataka state, India. It is also known as INS Chapal Museum.
INS Chapal was commissioned on 4 November 1976. Ii is 38.6 meters long and is Russian made. It was decommissioned on 5th May 2005. This warship was used during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war. It destroyed many an enemy ships near Karachi, causing large scale damage to enemy ships. Technically categorized as a Missile boat, it is a 245 tonne ship. INS Chapal comes under Osa class of missile boats.
INS Chapal Warship Museum was founded here because, a Naval Base was established at Karwar in the year 2005. It was in the same year that INS Chapal was decommissioned. Currently, it is the third largest Indian naval base. It is called INS Kadamba. The first phase of the naval base was commissioned on 31st May 2005.
What is to be seen in the INS Chapal Warship Museum at Karwar?
This warship is now positioned on a concrete platform. The process of setting up the museum was documented and this video is available at this museum. There are mannequins (dummies) dressed as captain, doctors, sailors, etc. Replicas of the missiles used those days are also on display inside the Karwar Warship museum along with many other interesting documents.
It’s a wonderful experience to come close to the nation’s warship. Anybody visiting Karwar town should not miss the opportunity to visit this magnificent military museum. It may take an hour or so to have a glimpse of the INS Chapal museum. Guides are there to explain the details to you.
How Do I Go to INS Chapal Warship Museum at Karwar?
INS Chapal Museum at Karwar is at around 1.1 kilometers from Karwar Bus Station. Karwar city is situated in Uttara Kannada district.
Karwar railway station on the Konkan railway line, is the railway station in the city. It is a major railway station where many long distance express trains stops.
The museum is open from 10 am to 1 pm. It is open again from 4.30 pm to 6 pm.
There is a small entry fee to be paid here. Visit the warship museum at Karwar and listen to your guide.
Rock Garden at Karwar Beach
There is a rock garden at the Rabindranath Tagore beach in Karwar, which attracts a lot of tourists. The shapes carved out in rocks gives the visitors glimpses of the district. There is an Aquariumon the beach.