The quest for peace and tranquility is making people explore beaches apart from the usual ones in Goa. So if that’s what you’re looking for, Maravanthe fits the bill. Located on one of the best stretches of road, you’ll find the beach on one side, and a river on the other as you drive on from Mangalore towards Karwar, Goa, or Mumbai. One of the cleanest beaches in the country, it can also get pretty dangerous during high tide, so it’s better to be cautious, and avoid the area during the monsoons. There are places where you can stay on the highway, but a better alternative would be staying at the nearby town of Kundapura. You could also go fishing with the locals at the nearby Gangoli port. Only about 55 kms from Udupi, this place should be on your list of places to visit in India.
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.
Major Attractions and Tourist Activities 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. Some major tourist attractions in and around the beach are St. Mary’s Island, Baindur, and Ottanane. 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.
How to Reach Maravanthe Beach
The nearest airport is the Mangalore airport. From the airport, you can travel by bus or hire a taxi to reach the beach. The nearest railway station, Kundapur, is 18 km away, and Mangalore is at a distance of 110 km. Take a bus or hire a taxi to reach the beach. You can reach Maravanthe via Kundapur accessible by all cities of Karnataka. By road, Maravanthe Beach is 450 km from Bangalore, 130 km from Gokarna, 275 km from Goa, and 50 km from Udupi.
Best Time to Visit Maravanthe Beach
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. The next time you plan your holiday in Karnataka, make it a point to visit this picturesque beach for the sheer serenity that it .