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Murudeshwar - A Sunset With Lord Shiva


Murudeshwar has a rich past and is home to the second tallest Shiva statue in the world. Located on the western coast of Karnataka, the place dates back to the days of the Ramayana and is famous for the huge Lord Shiva statue on the beach that overlooks the entire town.

Set amidst beautiful and lush grounds on a small hillock and accompanied by his devoted Nandi and the rest of his temple firmaments, the Statue of Lord Shiva can be a truly awe-inspiring sight in Murudeshwar.

The Iconic Shiva Statue

The temple that Murudeshwar is mainly known for is located on a peninsula and it is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides. For this reason, it is exposed to sea air, rains and winds which have damaged the statue somewhat, washing away the original golden paint and blowing off an arm.

This temple is a site of religious importance to Hindus as it is believed to contain one of the pieces of the Atma Linga, torn apart by Ravana in a fit of rage. The temple has an entrance that is one of the tallest in the world.

The Other Magical Locations - Tourist Places In Murudeshwar

Apart from the temple, other attractions include exciting seaside activities like swimming, snorkeling and boat rides, as the sea is particularly calm and beautiful here. The area close to the temple has good walkways close to the beach, enabling visitors to enjoy a relaxing stroll and spectacular sunsets from the hillock of the temple.

Other water attractions for families include the hugely popular wave pool where they can spend hours with their children enjoying themselves. You can come across beautiful multi-storey restaurants right on the water and dining here can be an unforgettable experience.

You'll have a plenty of options when it comes to choosing hotels and resorts that can suit any budget. As Murudeshwar is located in the Uttara Kannada district, there are many other attractions close by that you can visit too, like the fort renovated by Tipu Sultan, the hill resorts on nearby Sahayadri hills and the attractions of nearby coastal towns like Bhatkal.

There are many other natural attractions given the long coastal area and the mountains very close by.

Best Time To Visit Murudeshwar

The best time to visit this area would be between the months of October and March.

How To Reach Murudeshwar

Tourists often hire boats or trawlers from Bhatkal and visit the Pigeon Island or Nethrani Island, which is an uninhabited island that houses some ruins attesting to life in the bygone days. It is home to goats and birds now, offering visitors a glimpse of life far removed from the city. 

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How to Reach Murudeshwar

  • By Road
    Murudeshwar is well connected to many nearby cities via road. Several deluxe and private buses, including non air-conditioned and Volvo semi-sleepers are available at regular intervals from Bangalore (500 km) till Honnavar (20 km). Upon reaching Honnavar, tourists can hire a taxi or cab to reach Murudeshwar
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  • By Train
    Murudeshwar has its own railway station, but it is not connected with all the major cities. Moreover, only few trains from Mangalore and Mumbai halt here. The other nearest railway station is the Mangalore Junction Railway Station. It is situated at a distance of about 158 km from Murudeshwar and is connected with almost all the important Indian cities and towns by regular trains
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  • By Air
    Mangalore International Airport serves as the nearest domestic and international airport to Murudeshwar. It is situated at a distance of about 153 km from the town of Murudeshwar. The flights serving this airport connect to major Middle East countries and cities in India directly
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