Maravanthe is a village and a beach near Kundapura, Karnataka. Outlook Travel considers it one of Karnataka’s most beautiful beaches. It is about 34 miles from Udipi. 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 Suparnika, which almost touches the Arabian Sea here, makes a U-turn and goes westward to join the sea only after a journey of more than 6.2 miles.
The Maraswamy Temple is located on the beach near Maravanthe and this temple has 3 garbha griha, where 3 deities are worshipped, one of the dities is Varaha or wild boar, and this makes it 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 3 deities. The Suparnika river makes islands which are called Kudru. The eastern side-view, from this point, is beautiful with palm trees, green fields and Kodachadri peak, visible at the far eastern end, makes a reflection in the river Suparnika.
Fishing is the main activity of the fisher folk of this area, but infrastructure for marketing the marine produce is not well developed. Native boats and small 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.
Education facility of the village is minimal, with primary education available. Students go to the nearby Taluk centre, Kundapura for higher education.
The beach, at Maravanthe is beautiful. This place is identified by Government Agencies as having potential for tourism, with leaflets about several facilities like boat riding, visit to the islands and seeing the sunset… Maravanthe can be saved from destruction associated with so-called development and modernization.