Beaches of Karnataka: Maravanthe

Maravanthe Beach is located 12 km from Kundapur, which is 50 km north of Udupi and 105 km north of Mangalore; and it is a scenic beach that is a must-see for every tourist visiting Karnataka.

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 Sauparnika River on the other. The beach has white sandy shores covered with flora and there are plenty of private cottages and hotels, which are located on the shores.

The golden sand, clear blue sky, swaying palm trees, and the endless shore provide an undoubtedly attractive tourist destination. The serene 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 laze in the sun or take a drive along the shore. You can go scuba diving and snorkeling and get a glimpse of the coral reefs and marine life that is abounded with deep-sea creatures. The water is safe for swimming as the tides are gentle. Other beach activities include beach walk, meditation, and yoga.

Baindur, which is 45 km from Maravanthe, has its own beach and scenic sunsets. You can go on a boat cruise on the Sauparnika River or take a dip in it. For the religious crowd, there are temples located at the banks of the Suaparnika River.

Near Baindur is the beautiful Belekal Theertha Falls. Maravanthe Beach is also a preferred picnic spot among the natives. Spicy sea food is one of the specialties of Maravanthe Beach along with mouth-watering non-vegetarian recipes. A range of cuisines from Indian, continental to South Indian dishes will also be available for vegetarians. Shopping is rather low key with most compulsive shoppers satisfying themselves with colorful collectibles made of conch shells.

The best time to visit the beach would be between September and March. Post monsoon season is ideal for swimming, sunbathing and general tourism as during the monsoon; both the Sauparnika River and Arabian Sea swell and merge, making the road almost inaccessible.