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Maravanthe beach
Maravanthe beach
Country  India
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 576224
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.[1] 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).[citation needed]

Maraswamy temple[edit]

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[2] 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.[3] 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.

Maravanathe Beach at Dawn
Maravanthe is a favorite stopover for vehicles playing through NH 66


Education facility of the village is minimal, with primary education available. Students go to nearby taluk centre, Kundapura for higher education.


The Maravanthe beach is beautiful.[1] This place has been identified by Govt agencies as having potential for tourism with leaflets proclaiming several facilities[4] There are places to stay on the highway, but[1] 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 12 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 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]