Maravanthe is a beach town, located near Kundapura in the state of Karnataka. The Maravanthe beach is often called a virgin beach because it has miles and miles of white sand which remains unspoilt. The seaside town of Maravanthe is not very far from the temple town of Kollur and Kodachadri Hills.
Maravanthe is situated 50 km north of Udupi and at a distance of 110 km from Mangalore. NH-17 passes close by this beach and is only about 100 meters away from the shore. On one side of it is the Arabian Sea, while on the other side is the Sauparnika River. The Kodachadri Hills lies in the background. Trasi and Padukone village are the two popular villages located near Maravanthe.
Maravanthe experiences warm summers and cool winters. Medium rainfall occurs during the months between June and August. The months between September and March are the best time to visit the beach. The starting of summers and the period following monsoons are suitable for swimming.
Water based activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving can be done at the beach of Maravanthe. Trekking is available in the Kodachadri Hills. Boat cruises can be taken on the Sowparnika River. Travellers can also take a bath in the medicinal river and visit the several temples on its banks.
Tourists visiting this place can also visit the nearby Kanchugodu fishing village. Another place to visit is a tiny village, Baindur, which is at a distance of about 45 km from Maravanthe. This village is popular because of its beach and sunset views. Not very far from this place is Ottinane, which has a rocky overhanging cliff, often referred to as Sunset Point. Another attraction at a short distance from this place is the Belaka Theertha Falls.
Kundapur is another place to visit near Maravanthe. It is at a distance of about 12 km from Maravanthe. Kundapur town is named after the popular Kundeshvara temple, which is located here. Water bodies surround the town from three sides. In the 16th century, Portuguese and German missionaries settled at this place.
St. Marys Island is yet another popular holiday destination not very far away from Maravanthe. Visitors can take ferry rides to reach the island. The main attractions in St. Marys Island are the black volcanic rock formations.