Murudeshwara - Karnataka
An exotic beach destination in the South Indian state Karnataka which is a seashore having a majestic Murudeshwara Temple. The huge statue of Lord Shiva is a major attraction for devotees and tourists from across the world.
Walking in the sandy seashore and experiencing the mild breeze is a must-do leisure activity. Nestled between Honnavar and Bhatkal, Murudeshwara Beach is enclosed by the Arabian Sea.
The whole place looks picturesque adorned with the beauty of Nature. The craftsmanship and architectural dexterity of the artisans can be witnessed by devotees from all over the world.
The temple is so close to the beach and so travelers switch between two spots easily.
Sanneshwar Temple is a must visit spot near Murudeshwara statue and the whopping tower.
Although an ancient temple, the design has a contemporary touch to it.
There are twenty stories in the gopuram (tower) which is a major attraction.
Kanduka Hill is where the temple is mounted and Lord Shiva statue here is the second largest in the world.
The only place to hold the hollow Linga (represents the soul of Shiva). Since Shiva Linga represents masculinity and so a rock-hard structure is always built in all Lord Shiva temples.
More than 200 artists had taken part in building the mammoth effigy.
Murudeshwar was previously known as “Mrideshwara.”
The 18-storeyed Raja Gopuram is known as the King of Towers. The town poses for the perfect bird-eye shot when viewed from that height (Both steps and elevators are available).
Murudeshwar is the best place for Para Sailing, Speed Boating, and Snorkelling.
There is a lift for travelers and devotees who wants to get to the top without much labor.
R.N. Shetty, a businessman, and entrepreneur is the reason behind this stupendous contemporary construction.
- Visit Statue Park
- Visit Mirjan Fort
- Visit Idangunji Temple
- Wade along the Eco Beach
- Yana Trekking
- Visit Netrani Island
Best Time to Visit:
October to May is generally a good time to visit. For Mahashivaratri, there is a huge pilgrim gathering in February. For Scuba diving, visit from November to January. Winter from October to February (14-28 degree Celcius); monsoon from July to September; summer from March to June (20-35 degree Celcius).
Way to Reach:
By Air: The nearest Airport is Mangalore Airport which is 165 km away from the temple.
By Rail: Murudeshwar is the nearest Railway Station. Karwar express coming from Bangalore connects this holy spot with major cities.
By Road: Regular transport from all the major cities of Karnataka.