Maravanthe is considered to be one of the most picturesque beaches in Karnataka, and even in India. NH-66 runs right next to the beach and the Souparnika River flows on the other side of the road, creating beautiful scenery and considered only one of its kinds in India. The river Souparnika, which almost touches the Arabian Sea here, makes a U-turn and goes westward to meet the Sea only after a journey of more than 10 km.
Maravanthe Beach is located at a distance of 453 km from Bengaluru, 157 km from Shivamogga, 112 km from Mangaluru, 52.2 km from Udupi, and 74.7 km from Honnavar.
The way from Honnavar passes through Murudeshwar, Bhatkal, Baindur, and Bijoor. It comes under NH 66.
Places to visit nearby Maravanthe
Maraswamy temple is located on the beach near to Maravanthe and this temple has three garbha griha where three goddesses are worshiped. One of the goddesses is Varaha or wild boar and this makes one of the uncommon temples of India committed to Varaha, and the temple is also called Varahaswamy temple. Tortoise, crocodile, and fish are also part of worship in this temple, as depicted by rock drawings laid in front of garbhagudi of three goddess. Souparnika River makes a U-turn on the east side of the temple and this river also makes islands, which are called Kudru. The eastern side view from this point is beautiful with palm trees, green fields and Kodachadri hill visible at far eastern end also makes a reflection in the river Souparnika. Murudeshwar is at a distance of 50 km and Udupi is at a distance of 52 km.
ACCOMMODATION & FOOD
There is no food available on the beach; good food can be easily obtained in Baindur, Bhatkal, or Bijoor. Maravanthe is just a small village. So, good living quarters isn’t available. However, accommodation can easily be obtained in Baindur, Bhatkal, Kundapura, Udupi, Murudeshwar, and Honnavar, which are all situated nearby.
- Nearby Bus stop: The Maravanthe bus stop is reachable from various parts of coastal Karnataka.
- Nearby Railway Station: Kundapura railway station is situated at a distance of about 20 km.
- Nearby Airport: Mangalore International Airport is situated at a distance of 110 km.
The National Highway (NH17) passes at a close distance of 100 m from the shoreline. While traveling on the highway along the beach for a kilometer stretch, you can see the Arabian Sea on one side and the Kodachadri Hills forming a backdrop to the Souparnika River on the other. The beach has white sandy seacoast traversed with flora and there are lots of private cottages and hotels, which are situated on the shores.
The golden sand, clear blue sky, swaying palm trees, and the countless shore provides an undoubtedly attractive tourist destination. The pacific and unspoiled beach is at its best during the sun sets.
Water sports at Maravanthe Beach are famous and one of the favorite activities among visitors. You can relax in the sun or take a drive along the shore. You can go scuba diving and snorkeling and get a glimpse of the coral bars and marine life that is surrounded by deep-sea creatures. The water is risk-free for swimming as the tides are gentle. Other beach activities include beach walk, meditation, and yoga.
Some major tourist charisma in and around the beach are St. Mary’s Island, Baindur, and Octane. Baindur, which is 45 km from Maravanthe, has its own beach and attractive sunsets. You can go on a boat cruise on the Souparnika River or take a dip in it. For the religious crowd, there are temples located on the banks of the Souparnika River.
Near Baindur is the beautiful Belekal Theertha Falls. Maravanthe Beach is also a preferred picnic location among the locals. Spicy seafood is one of the specialties of Maravanthe Beach along with mouth-watering non-vegetarian recipes. A range of foods from Indian, continental to South Indian dishes will also be available for vegetarians. Shopping is a key with most compulsive shoppers satisfying themselves with colorful collectibles made of conch shells.
BEST TIME TO VISIT MARAVANTHE BEACH
The best time to visit the beach would be between September and March. Post monsoon season is perfect for swimming, sunbathing and general tourism as during the monsoon; both the Souparnika River and the Arabian Sea expands and merge, making the road almost inaccessible.
The next time you plan your day off in Karnataka, make it a point to visit this picturesque beach for the pure peace that it has.