Maravanthe – go with the flow !

Driving down NH 17 is a truly blue trip… A view of the Arabian Sea on one side of the road glistening in the sun and the serene Souparnika river on the other side ..welcome to Maravanthe Beach, close to Kundapura in coatal karnataka. A few resorts dot this virgin beach but boating here is an amazing experience. A picnic spot, boats here take you to little known islands across the seas where its just you and the beaches..We paused by here for a while enroute to Karwar from Mangalore.

Getting there
Maravanthe is 110 km from Mangalore, the closest airport.The nearest railhead is Kundapur, 18 km away, and Mangalore.By road, Maravanthe is 450 km from Bangalore, 130 km from Gokarna, 275 km from Goa and 50 km from Udupi.


  1. indicaspecies 16 March, 2008 at 18:47 Reply

    Wow! What do I say? Been there, seen it all – it’s a lovely place and great to view the sea on one side and the tranquil river on the other.

    Lovely pictures that bring back memories of rainy days and long drives in Dakshina Kannada. 🙂

  2. Alok 16 March, 2008 at 20:32 Reply

    Awesome place !!! For anybody, the drive on NH17 along the sea that is something will remain in the memory for a long time.

    Yeah ! nice pics, again 🙂

  3. Kamini 17 March, 2008 at 02:56 Reply

    Oh wow, this is simply stunning> So good to know that such places of pristine beauty still exist. I am longing to see this place for myself.

  4. shooting star 17 March, 2008 at 20:43 Reply

    nice place it must be…..its always a treat to be at places where theres seemingly no one else…but they are so hard to find…..i had encountered such places on my road trip in gujarat

  5. Jeevan 18 March, 2008 at 15:30 Reply

    In short we can tell it west cost road, like the one in Chennai to Pondicherry, East cost road. wow… that would be a wonderful travelling on this stretch, I usual have a wish at least ones to visit places across west coast. very nice pictures and the rock and sea!

  6. I am 18 March, 2008 at 21:19 Reply

    Nice. now with your blog connected I shall for sure plan a better and more organized trip to Bangalore….so much more to see than just be in the city… thanks for sharing all your trips.. – tanu

    NB- Loved the title shot on your blog

  7. Rajan 19 March, 2008 at 08:34 Reply

    My wife attended Surathkal and is always singing the praises of the konkan coast! Your pics are a testament to that. Someday, I hope to visit that part of the country.

  8. Rajan 19 March, 2008 at 08:39 Reply

    My wife is a graduate of NITK Surathkal and she is always singing the praises of that coastal region. Your pics are a testament to that. I hope to visit that part of the country sometime!

  9. AJEYA RAO 19 March, 2008 at 17:39 Reply

    Good to know you have been near my hometown and liked the vicinity…Marvanthe indeed is a beautiful place. Before, when we used to travel by bus to Mumbai, i would wait to reach Marvanthe…

  10. backpakker 20 March, 2008 at 09:49 Reply

    JOY – Welcome to backpakker and thanks for your comment. I used to live in a coastal city , but now I live in a city where there is no beach..and I miss the beaches

    Celine -This is a teaser..more to come – Gokarna, Murudeshwar, Karwar-Devbagh

    Alok – I wish I could go back…the weather was a bit hot though

    Raghu Ram Prasad – Thanks …The beaches are beautiful.

    Onedia -The pic was taken in Devbagh Karwar from a boat . Thanks

    kamini – The western coast is relatively untouched..so do go there before it gets corrupted by tourists

    Kalyan -Thanks..Maravanthe is one ideal beach I must say

    Charu – Thanks..I am glad you liked it

    Mark -Yes, its a dream come true for me too..have been planning this for years.Thanks.

    Shantanu – Silence is beautiful by the beach..thanks . The pic was taken in Devbagh, karwar

    Solitaire – I dont know how San Diego is, but now I guess its beautiful..thanks

    Shooting stars – The best places are always hidden and less crowded and not polluted and they add to the beauty.

    Priyank – Yup the west coast smells awesome..esplly if you love the beaches

    Jeevan – Thanks . You must try and get there if you can…Its much more beautiful than ECR

    Tanu – Thanks..anytime, I will be of help.The first pic was shot from a boat in the Devbagh beach

    Nanditha -Thanks..I live to travel

    Rajan -Welcome to backpakker. I do hope you will..as very soon tourism will spoil these pristine beaches

    Gopal – Absolutely …thats what makes it special

    Sam – Welcome to backpakker and thanks..do let me know if you need any more info

    Ajeya – I have discovered some more places…am sure you would know all of them …I just loved that part of the country

  11. GMG 21 March, 2008 at 04:16 Reply

    Great shots. Didn’t see it so blue in Delhi. Actually, I found it difficult to catch a blue sky in your capital city…
    Thanks for your comments at Blogtrotter, where I finished my Greek Islands 2006 adventure with a post on Cretan Towns! Since it’s Easter time, also made a post with some lousy pictures on Easter in Prague (1997) at Revival 90s.
    Enjoy the Easter Eggs and have a great weekend!

  12. backpakker 21 March, 2008 at 10:11 Reply

    Indrani – Did see your crater and its very interesting..I know the feeling..took me a couple of years to get here post planning

    Anil – This is the view from NH 17 …yes, Kollur is close by and we did go there as well..

    GMG – In India , each nook and corner is different from the other..the capital city is great in its own way, but is quite different from the rest of the country .Happy Easter to you as well.

    Ceedy – thanks…blue is the colour of the season..enjoy the oceans 🙂

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