Wave watching on Maravanthe beach

Our next stop on the Karnataka Coast was Maravanthe Beach. After a simply-perfect evening at Ottinene Beach, we headed inland to Kollur but the next day we were back...

Our next stop on the Karnataka Coast was Maravanthe Beach.

After a simply-perfect evening at Ottinene Beach, we headed inland to Kollur but the next day we were back on NH-99, the highway that runs through a good part of the India’s west coast. We were driving south and got to a part of the highway that had water on both sides. And I knew we were almost-there.

Maravanthe Beach (sometimes spelled Marawanthe) lies on a strip of land that is sandwiched between the Souparnika River and the Arabian Sea.

There’s the river on the left and the sea to the right.
The Arabian Sea from the highway.
Souparnika River as seen from the road.
Maravanthe Beach, Udupi district, Karnataka.

The sun was at its zenith when we parked by Maravanthe Beach and walked down to the seashore. The beach looked very quiet and almost deserted. Now this beach here, is a popular attraction, it is beside a busy highway and had some decent parking space too. I’m guessing there were hardly any beach-goers in sight, only because it was ‘that’ time of the day. The harsh Indian sun at mid day didn’t however stop us from spending some time on the sands of Maravanthe.

We were on a beach-hopping-trip along the KA coast and we just had to make a foot stop at this nice beach. We spent a peaceful hour there. SonnyBoy doesn’t mind the hot weather one bit, if he can lay his hands on some sand. So while he was busy scribbling on the sand and sieving it, I sat down to watch the swell in the sea, and the waves come in and splash against the slight incline of the beach and then make its way back into the Arabian Sea.


A while later we dusted ourselves and made our way to next stop — Malpe Beach, further south of here. Do come back to see what Malpe looks like.

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41 Comments on this post.
  • rupam sarma
    29 July 2015 at 9:46 am

    Beautiful photos

    • dNambiar
      30 July 2015 at 12:31 am

      Thank you, Rupam. 🙂

  • Akshay Kumar G
    29 July 2015 at 5:15 pm

    The pictures, as always, look fantastic. 🙂

    • dNambiar
      30 July 2015 at 12:32 am

      Thanks Aksh!
      Long time, eh.
      I hope you are doing great. 🙂

  • jaish_vats
    29 July 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Highways near the beach are very scenic right ? I love the name souparnika … Nice pics

    • dNambiar
      30 July 2015 at 12:36 am

      Oh yeah. They really are. This stretch between the river and the sea seemed short. I didn't get enough of it. :D.
      Thanks Jaish. I hope all's well with you. 🙂

  • joshi daniel
    30 July 2015 at 6:25 am

    that is beautiful 🙂

    • dNambiar
      1 August 2015 at 3:27 pm

      Thank you, Joshi. 🙂

  • Rahul Bhatia
    30 July 2015 at 6:39 am

    A feast for eyes, Divya:)

    • dNambiar
      1 August 2015 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you, Mr. Bhatia. 🙂

  • R Niranjan Das
    30 July 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Excellent images of Marawanthe! Love this stretch on the highway.

    • dNambiar
      1 August 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks Nomad.
      The part between the sea and the river, alle? I wish it were a longer stretch. 😉

  • Saru Singhal
    31 July 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Now the mystery is over. I was always thinking where are you after reading your posts. Now, you post one of your recent trips and one from India. Am I correct?

    Even this beach is lovely. Your beach hopping is quite informative to your readers and not to forget, a virtual treat.

    • dNambiar
      1 August 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Ah, you caught me there. 🙂
      Of course you are Saru.
      I seem to be tripping more than I've been writing. 😀

      Thank you so very much, Saru. You made my day. 🙂

  • Prasad Np
    2 August 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Perfect holiday I would say, some time one just wants to sit and relax on the beach rather than go site seeing.. Need one of these soon 🙂

    • dNambiar
      6 August 2015 at 2:34 pm

      It was. This time there was no cramming of things-to-do into the itinerary. Just taking in the coast and a very few other sights.
      I remember your mentioning that you haven't been to Karnataka's coast. How about doing that one of these days? I'm already looking forward to the pictures, DesiTraveler?. 🙂

  • Ravish Mani
    5 August 2015 at 4:12 pm

    It seems like reading a story through pictures. Great captures indeed, Divya 🙂

    • dNambiar
      6 August 2015 at 2:35 pm

      You're kind. Thank you so much, Ravish. 🙂

  • Alok Singhal
    6 August 2015 at 1:37 am

    Lucky you to enjoy this beautiful outing at the beach…great summer fun 🙂

    • dNambiar
      6 August 2015 at 2:37 pm

      I hear you guys you guys have been catching Jersey Shore sunsets. 😉

      This coastal trip of mine happened a few months back. Long before summer.
      Thank you for visiting, Alok.

  • Uppal
    6 August 2015 at 2:37 am

    Journey through pictures!

    • dNambiar
      6 August 2015 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you. 🙂

  • Archana Kapoor
    6 August 2015 at 3:42 am

    nice beach… and lovely pics Dee! 🙂

    • dNambiar
      6 August 2015 at 2:38 pm

      It was. It was nicer than I expected it to be.
      Thank you, Archana. 🙂

  • Arun Prasadh
    6 August 2015 at 4:29 am

    Sandwiched road is beautiful. Nice pics.

    • dNambiar
      6 August 2015 at 2:39 pm

      Oh yes. I didn't want it to end. It was beautiful.
      Thanks Arun.

  • Maitreni Mishra
    6 August 2015 at 7:49 am

    Such captivating shots and you weaved such a beautiful story around them. Loved it <3

    • dNambiar
      6 August 2015 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you for the kind words, Maitreni. 🙂

  • Rajesh
    6 August 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Beautiful beach.

    • dNambiar
      8 August 2015 at 2:25 am

      It is, Rajesh. 🙂

  • Deepa Gopal Sunil
    7 August 2015 at 2:53 am

    Beautiful pics 🙂

    • dNambiar
      8 August 2015 at 2:26 am

      Thanks, Deepa.

  • Param
    7 August 2015 at 3:18 am

    Beautiful. I have drive through this narrow road with sea and river on either side. I especially loved the river side because it was greener and cooler…

    • dNambiar
      8 August 2015 at 2:32 am

      It is Param. I remember your mentioning it in one of your posts. One lovely part of the highway, that. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by.

  • Sri Kri
    7 August 2015 at 5:57 am

    Lovely write up with beautiful shots.Had been to this place during the year 2011 Stopped here to see the view of river on one side and sea at the other side.Surely a lovely view.We didn't go to the beach.Glad that you had a time to go there and enjoy.

    Sriram & Krithiga

    • dNambiar
      8 August 2015 at 2:36 am

      Thank you, Sriram, Krithiga. 🙂
      That part of the road is very memorable, is it not?
      It is a really nice beach. We had a quiet afternoon there. There was hardly anyone on the beach. I guess that was because it was afternoon. You'll like it.

  • Kokila Gupta
    7 August 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Great post dear ..as I am coming here from your Malpe post , its more fun ..the beach hopping 🙂 lovely shots again ,you have Named it aptly too ! This one is KA but Malpe comes under Pondicherry it seems ?

    • dNambiar
      8 August 2015 at 2:38 am

      Thanks a ton, dear Kokila.
      You've been beach hopping with me, haven't you? I think you missed Ottinene. That was the one I said turned out to be the best part of that coastal trip. You JUST HAVE TO SEE It, Kokila.:)

      Are you confusing Malpe with Mahe? 😉

  • magiceye
    9 August 2015 at 1:23 am

    A beautiful photo essay about a stretch of coastal Karnataka – one of my favourites!!

  • ilakshee
    9 August 2015 at 8:03 am

    Beautiful captures!

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