Karwar forest Division is situated in the west coast in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, bordering the state of Goa in the north. The division includes the entire Karwar taluk and parts of Ankola and Joida taluks. The total extent of forest areas of the division is 1,17,877.67 hectares comprising 71.75 of the geographical area of the division (1,642.81 Km²). The Division comprises both coastal areas and Ghat areas. Kali and Gangavali are the major rivers which run through the division and drain into Arabian Sea. It has two sub-divisions, namely, Karwar and Ankola sub-divisions, and consists of seven ranges, namely, Karwar, Gopsitta, Kadra, Joida, Ankola, Mastikatta and Ramanguli ranges. The division has 28 sections and 79 beats. There are two timber depots, at Hattikeri and Kadra. Karwar division primarily consists of moist deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen forests, besides some mangrove in the coastal areas.