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Maravanthe Beach, Karnataka

A pristine fairyland with the majestic Kodachadri Hills in the backdrop, Sauparnika River on one side and the vast seabed with unspoilt white sand on the other, Maravanthe Beach is a spectacular beach in Udupi in the Coastal Karnataka known for its lush green setting and serene ambiance. NH17 divides divide the beach with Arabian Sea on one side and Sauparnika River on the other, making it a beautiful sight to behold. The weather here is very pleasant during the winters which makes it a perfect holiday destination for beach lovers and tourists.

Maravanthe beach is unique in terms of its location with river and sea on both sides which is a spectacle that is not found anywhere else in India. The shimmering sand, clear blue sky, swaying palm trees, and the endless shore makes Maravanthe an undoubtedly attractive tourist spot. Bask in the sunlight for hours with the wind swaying the tall palm trees and regard the clear blue sky. If you like long drives, the beach is next to a highway, and drive along the brilliant shoreline with the setting sun is sure to provide you with reminiscences for a lifetime.

The beach is also known for its adventure water sports like surfing, scuba diving, and snorkeling to witness the underwater world and enjoy the thrill. Surfing here is very famous but requires some expertise as the currents can be dangerous at times. Some nearby attractions such as Ottinane, Baindur, and BelakaTheertha Falls can also be explored.

Surfing in South India first took shape on the waves of Karnataka followed by India’s first surfing camp that was established in Chennai. For all the adventure lovers, surfing is one of the most thrilling activities and why not, the lashing waves when follow you to the shore gives an unexplainable amount of adrenaline rush.

Maravanthe Beach in Udupi, Karnataka is one such beach where this thrill can be enjoyed in the most breathtaking view. The waves are most suited for professional surfers, but October month brings some low waves suitable for beginners as well. the surf schools are at a distance from the beach which have professional instructors and have a place to stay as well. So, if you are in Udupi and feel like tasting some adrenaline, head to Maravanthe beach for a joyride.

All You Need to Know About Surfing in Maravanthe Beach

Surf Schools: Although surfing is enjoyed in the beach, due to the presence of highway there are no surf schools nearby. You will have to surf schools in neighboring areas and then enjoy the newfound skill in the waves of Maravanthe beach.

  • Shaka Surf Club– One of the first surfing schools in India with the first female surf instructor, the instructors here are also known as surfing swamis and have been doing this since more than a decade. Located in Bengre village in Udupi, Karnataka, not very far from Murudeshwar, Shaka surf school has all you want as a surf beginner.
  • Prices start from Rs1800

    Email – theshakasurfclub@gmail.com

  • Mulki Indica Surf School– Located just outside of Mangalore, Mulki Indica school offers training on several water sports and has a guest house as well. All the instructors are professionals are the equipment are also provided.
  • Prices for lessons start from Rs2000 per head.

    Email – info@indicasurfschool.com

  • Cocopelli– Located in Gokarna, Cocopelli is not very far from Murudeshwar and has a guest house for visitors to stay while they learn the skill of surfing. It is one of the oldest surf schools in India with trained instructors for allkinds of water sports.
  • Price for lessons starts from Rs2000 per head .

    Email – surfschool@cocopelli.org

Things to Remember:

We all know that keeping sane while enjoying such a thrilling activity can be a little difficult, but if you are planning to register yourself for a surfing lesson or plan to go surfing, here are some things to remember:

  • It is mandatory to know basic pool swimming
  • It is a water sports and requires only a minimum degree of physical fitness
  • Inform your instructor about any kind of medical conditions or allergies prior to your lesson
  • Avoid alcohol intake before or during surfing
  • Operate the rental equipment with care

Best Time to Visit Maravanthe Beach for Surfing

The ideal time to visit Maravanthe Beach is from September to March when the weather is pleasant, and the swimming opportunities are at its best. Surfing can be enjoyed to the fullestduring Autumn season and most importantly in the month of October. The beach has heavy tides, so it is not very safe for surfing for most times of the year.

The summers are very hot and not very suitable for beach visit during the day. You can visit dung the monsoons too, but the watersports will not be available during the heavy rainfall. Clean surfable waves are usually found 43% of the time in October while 42% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 15%, the waves are considered too small but are ideal for beginners.

Restaurants near Maravanthe Beach

Maravanthe beach has many restaurants that serve delicious Konkani cuisines and dishes from all over India. These are some of the diners and restaurants where you can have some lip-smacking food and refreshing drinks.

  • Shetty’s Lunch Home
  • Kinara Bar and Restaurant
  • Sealand Bar Restaurant
  • Chakravarthi Bar and Family Restaurant Siddapura
  • Naveen Drive-In Bar and Family Restaurant

How to Reach
  • By Air: The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport from Maravanthe beach.
  • By Train: Kundapura railway station is the closest at about 20km of distance from Maravanthe via Karwar Express. You can then take local transportation to reach the beach. There are local trains too which stop at stations Senapura and Bijoor that are close to Maravanthe. Express trains only stop at Kundapura station.
  • By Road: You can hire a taxi from Kundapura town to Maravanthe beach which is at 23km via NH 66.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Q1. What beach waves are good for beginners?

A two-foot white water waves gently rolling towards the beach is the ideal surf conditions for beginners and will allow the surfer to get up and ride the wave.

Q2. Is Maravanthe beach safe for surfing?

Although surfing is conducted in Maravanthe beach, the beach is relatively dangerous for beginners to surf and swim.

Q3. Where is Maravanthe beach located?

Maravanthe beach is in Udupi town in the Coastal Karnataka.

Q4. Which river flows in Maravanthe?

Sauparnika river flows on one side of the Maravanthe beach while Arabian sea is one the other side.

Q5. Which place is Maravanthe beach?

Maravanthe is a village and a beach in Byndoor Taluk, Udupi district of Karnataka.

Q6. How long is Maravanthe beach shore?

Maravanthe beach shore goes on for about 6km and is a quiet beach.


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