Castle Rock, tucked away in the Western Ghats, is a small village located in the Uttara Kannada’s district of Karnataka. This town is situated along the state’s border and shares its boundaries with Goa. Standing tall and at a height of 621 m (2,040 ft), Castle Rock boasts of heavily forested areas, moist tropical deciduous vegetation and close proximity to the Dandeli Tiger Reserve. The main local languages spoken here are Konkani and Marathi, with Urdu and English being used as other mediums of social communication.
The economy of the region is dominated by Manganese mines. For years together, the town has been the frontier between British-held India and the Portuguese-held Goa. Here, a meter gauge railway line was used for connecting the Goan towns of Margao and Vasco with the rest of the country. This served as the solitary rail link in the state, until the Konkan Railways started their services in the early 1990s.It was way back in the early-1990s, that the Indian Railways had converted this meter gauge line into a broad gauged one—thus enabling the region to be connected with the rest of the country. You can still see the old gauge tracks at the local railway station.