INS Chapal was an active warship with Indian navy and the star of naval warfare during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. INS Chapal is now decommissioned, converted into a museum and attracts visitors in the city of Karwar, North Canara.
INS Chapal Specifications:
- Type: Missile Launcher (OSA II Class Sleek Missile Boat)
- Code name: K94
- Weight: 245 tons
- Length: 38.6 meters
- Width: 7.6 meters
- Max Speed: 37 knots
- Weapons on board: Two 30 mm guns, one surface to air missile launcher, four anti ship missile launchers.
- Commissioned: 4th November 1976
- Decommissioned: 5th May 2005
Operation Trident: INS Chapal was responsible for bombarding Karachi Port and enforcing naval blockade in Arabian Sea during 1971 Indo-Pak war. This crippled Pakistan’s commercial capital and aided in India’s eventual victory. Crew of INS Chapal won 2 Param Veer Chakras and 8 Veer Chakras, some of the highest military honors in India.
What to expect at INS Chapal Warship Museum:
Visitors can experience the interiors of INS Chapal warship; barracks used by staff, engine rooms, external guns, uniforms of the servicemen and gain an insight about life at sea. A 15 minutes video documentary will be shown explaining Indian Navy’s role in safeguarding India’s shores.
INS Chapal Warship Museum visiting time: INS Chapal warship museum is open from 10 AM till 12.30 PM and 4.30 PM till 6 PM
Places to visit near INS Chapal Warship Museum: Yana rocks (89 kms), Dandeli (107 kms), Anshi National Park (55 kms) and Gokarna (65 kms) are some of the nearby destinations that can be visited along with Karwar.
How to reach INS Chapal Warship Museum: Karwar is 520 kms from Bengaluru and 271 kms from Mangaluru. Goa is the nearest airport (90 kms from Karwar). Karwar has a railway station on the Konkan railway line. Regular bus services are available to reach Karwar from all parts of Karnataka. Rabindranath Tagore beach, where INS Chapal is stationed, is 1.4 kms from Karwar city center.
Places to stay near INS Chapal Warship Museum: Karwar city has multiple hotels, beach side resorts and homestays. Devbagh beach resort operated by Jungle Lodges & Resorts and Sterling Resorts are two recommended luxury stays in Karwar.