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Maravanthe beach
Maravanthe beach
Country India
 • OfficialKannada
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)

Maravanthe is a village and a beach near Kundapura, Karnataka, India.

Outlook travel considers it one of Karnataka's most beautiful beaches.[1]it is about 115km from industrial hub mangalore and 55 km (34 mi) from Udupi. NH-66 (erstwhile NH-17) runs next to the beach and the Suparnika River flows on the other side of the road, creating a spectacular scenery that is considered the only one of its kind in India. The Suparnika, which almost touches Arabian Sea here, makes a U-turn and goes westward to join the sea after a journey of nearly more than 10 km (6.2 mi).

Maraswamy temple[edit]

Maraswamy temple is on the beach near Maravanthe, and this temple has three garbha griha where three deities are worshiped. One is Varaha or wild boar,Sri Vishnu and God Narasimha the incarnation of lord vishnu. This makes it a rare temple of India. It is also called Varahaswamy temple. Tortoise, crocodile and fish are part of worship in this temple, as depicted by rock drawings in front of garbhagudi of three deities.

Souparnika river makes a U-turn in the east side of temple, This river makes islands, which are called kudru. The eastern view from this point is beautiful with palm trees, green fields[2] and Kodachadri peak visible at the far eastern end and makes a reflection in the river.


Fishing is main activity of the fisher folk of this area, but infrastructure for marketing the marine produce is not well developed.[3] Native boats and small diesel trawlers are used for fishing. Seafaring is avoided during the monsoons. Agriculture is another important activity, with coconut, paddy, and onion being the main crops.

Maravanathe Beach at dawn
Maravanthe is a favorite stopover for vehicles on NH 66


Education in the village is improving, with primary education and high School education available. Students go to nearby taluk centre, Kundapura for higher education.


The Maravanthe beach is a beautiful beach town with white sand spread miles and miles along the coast fetches the beach a nickname of Virgin Beach.[1] This place has been identified by government agencies as having potential for tourism with leaflets proclaiming several facilities.[4] There are places to stay on the highway,[1] but the alternative would be at the nearby town, Kundapura.

At the nearby Gangoli port, tourists can request fishermen and, for a fee, accompany them to the sea the next day, at 4am, and stay fishing with the locals till noon.

NH66 near Maravanthe

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Trekking Holidays in India : Outlook traveller - Outlook Pub. India.(2005) ISBN 9788189449001 [1]
  2. ^ Yojana, Volume 36 Pub. by India. Planning Commission, India. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.(1992) Page 72 [2]
  3. ^ Role Of Fisheries In Rural Development, by S. Giriappa, Daya Books (1994) ISBN 9788170351269, Page 46. [3]
  4. ^ Studies in tourism, wildlife parks conservation By Tejvir Singh.Pub: Metropolitan(1982) Page.280 [4]