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|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Nearest city||Kundapura, Baindur.|
Maravanthe is a village and a beach near Kundapura, Karnataka, India. Outlook travel considers it one of Karnataka's most beautiful beaches. It is about 55 kilometres (34 mi) from Udupi. NH-66 (Erstwhile NH-17) runs right next to the beach and the Suparnika River flows on the other side of the road, creating a spectacular scenery and considered only one of its kind in India. The river Souparnika, which almost touches Arabian Sea here, makes a U turn and goes westward to join the Sea only after a journey of more than 10 kilometres (6.2 mi).
Maraswamy temple is located on beach near Maravanthe and this temple has three garbha griha where three deities are worshiped. One of the deity is Varaha or wild boar and this makes one of the rare temples of India dedicated 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 deities. Souparnika river makes a U turn in the east side of 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 peak visible at far eastern end also makes a reflection in the river Souparnika.
Fishing forms main activity of the fisher folk of this area, but infrastructure for marketing the marine produce is not well developed. Native boats and small diesel trawlers are used for fishing. Seafaring is avoided during the monsoons. Agriculture is also an important activity of the area, with coconut, paddy, and onion being the main crops.
Education facility of the village is minimal, with primary education available. Students go to nearby taluk centre, Kundapura for higher education.
Beach at Maravanthe is beautiful. This place is identified by Govt. Agencies as having potential for tourism with leaflets proclai several facilities since several decades. Sunset, boat riding, visit to islands. However, there are place to stay at this beach road and alternative arrangement at nearby town being Kundapura. Many people today believe, based on experiences seen in near by beach holy town Gokarna and others, that tourism in India makes a great damage to the ecology and culture. Maravanthe could be saved from the destruction associated with so called development and modernization. Wealthy travellers often prefer to stay in a natural village in hand made house than middle class workers blinded by TV who demand hotels with AC and similar. We need to ask what is the objective for Indian landscape.
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