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Murudeshwara Tourism

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  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Beach

Murudeshwara is a popular pilgrimage and beach destination located in the Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada District, in the South Indian state of Karnataka. Bounded by the Arabian Sea on its three sides and the rolling hills of the Western Ghats, the coastal town of Murudeshwara lies in between Honnavara and Bhatkal, on National Highway 17.

History of Murudeshwara

Murudeshwara town, earlier known by the name ‘Mrideshwara’, is named after the ancient Murudeshwara Temple of Lord Shiva. The ancient scriptures point to the existence of the town to the period of the Ramayana. 

As per legend, the Demon King Ravana brought Atma - Linga or Mahabaleshwara Linga - from Kailasa Parvata but Lord Ganesha placed it in Gokarna. Ravana, in great anger, flung the other parts of the idol such as the casket, the lid, the string around the lingam and the covering cloth of the idol to Sajjeshwara, Guneshwara or Gunavanthe, Dhareswara and Kanduka Hill of Mrideshwara respectively. The lid took the form of Vamdev Linga, the thread as Tatpurusha Linga and the cloth became Aghora Linga or Mridesa Linga.

Knowing about this incident from Lord Vayu, Lord Shiva, along with Goddess Parvathi and Lord Ganesha, visited these places and consecrated the lingas. He declared these lingas as his ‘pancha-khshetras’ and also that worshipping these idols can wash off the sins of the devotees and transcend them from the cyclical re-incarnation of the soul by attaining Moksha.  

‘Mrideshwara’ was later renamed as ‘Murudeshwara’ after the construction of the temple atop Kanduka Hill. Murudeshwara Temple is the chief attraction of the place with its 123 feet tall idol of Neelkanta or Lord Shiva and 249 feet high entrance tower, the Raja Gopura. Apart from being a pilgrimage destination, Murudeshwara is also known for the ‘Murudeshwara Fort’ located in its vicinity, which was renovated by Tipu Sultan. 

Things to do in Murudeshwara

Murudeshwara has beaches and activities like swimming, snorkeling and boat rides among other activities. Opportunities for trekking are available at Yana, located near the Sahyadri ranges - Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and the Mohini Shikhara. From Murudeshwara, excursions can be taken to destinations like Sirsi, Karwar, Gokarna, Kollur, Udupi, Mangalore, Dharmasthala and Subramanya. Tourists can sign up for Murudeshwara holiday packages to explore the destination better and soak in its sights and sounds.

Travelling to Murudeshwara

Murudeshwara is located at a distance of 165 km from Mangalore, on NH 17. This town is connected to other destinations by some trains on the Mumbai – Mangalore route. Bajpe Airport of Mangalore is the nearest airport to Murudeshwara. To reach Murudeshwara, travellers can also travel by road. The destination is connected to other cities in Karnataka and neighbouring states. The best time to visit Murudeshwara is from November to February. 

Accommodation options in Murudeshwara

Hotel options in Murudeshwara, especially budget hotels in Murudeshwara and beach resorts can be booked by tourists to enjoy their holiday at this beach destination. 











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Vishal  Deshmukh
  • Vishal Deshmukh
  • Lives in Pune
  • 3 Reviews

"Amazing beauty and many activities" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Murudeshwar temple is a place to see and with its beauty I stood amazed. Great visit to Rani Island. We thank the Mavalli Beach Heritage Home staff who planned it all in an orderly manner. Very nice island and snorkelling was fun. I would recommend to eat food at Mavalli beach heritage home's mum's kitchen which cooks the best home-made cuisine I ever had.
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Srishti
  • Srishti
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"A good place for a family trip"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Nov 17, 2014
Amazing roads and Amazing trip. It made the entire trip a memorable one. Hilly terrain, forest sometimes and sometimes empty plain was awesome. The city had greenery all around. The destination was wonderful overall. It is a place to be visited with family.
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Chetan Naik
  • Chetan Naik
  • 1 Review

"The best destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 28, 2014
Walking on the seashore, playing on the beach and scuba diving was amazing. Enjoyed eating on the boat on the middle of the sea. There are beautiful temples one one of the biggest statue of lord shiva is there. I really enjoyed this destination and I loved it.
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Kavitha Krishna murthy
  • Kavitha Krishna murthy
  • Soulseeker
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 3 Reviews

"Amazing devotional trip"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Aug 25, 2014
We friends had been to this place last year, which was amazing trip, with temples and beaches. The biggest Shiva temple in the world. The temple looks beautiful during the evening. You can get good accommodations. I would visit it again with my family
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Shruti Kulkarni
  • Shruti Kulkarni
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 1 Review

"Must see on west cost of India"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Aug 13, 2014
Murudeshwara is a small town where you can have one day stay. Must Places to see is the Murudeshwara beach, Shiva statue, The largest shiva statue in the world. The beach is serene and the view from Rajgopura is amazing. The Murudeshwara temple is must see place if you are travelling to Gokarna. There is a mythological story which you can follow in this trail. Apart from this there is no scope for shopping, food and staying more.
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Chandu M
  • Chandu M
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review

"A place for beach lovers and religious seekers"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Aug 5, 2014
A must visit place with beautiful temples and beaches. Enjoyable family vacation spot both for leisure beach lovers and religious seekers. This small village is a must on the list of places to be visited.
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Prabhakar Gundlapalli
  • Prabhakar Gundlapalli
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 4 Reviews

"An enjoyable family vacation place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Aug 3, 2014
Enjoyable family vacation spot both for leisure and religious seekers, this small village is a must on the list of places to be visited. Konkan stretch is quite serene and this place is an example for the same. People in the state of Karnataka are good at hospitality and receiving new visitors without any inhibition. Local food at the beach hotels is predominantly South Indian style and healthy.
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Donarun Das
  • Donarun Das
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Basecamp for diving"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Apr 8, 2014
A quite laid back place, frequented by religious people for the Shiv temple there. The Shiva temple is a massive piece of art situated on the hill top adjacent to the beach. But the best thing of Murudeshwara, is that it is the base camp for the only coral Island off the mainland India. Orcas and dolphins can be seen on the boat ride. Evenings are fun at the bar cum restaurants which are located in various spots of the town.
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Sandhya Akre
  • Sandhya Akre
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  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 7 Reviews

"Awesome Time With Family!!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Feb 21, 2014
We have been to Murudeshwara and Dandeli, where we tried River rafting, River crossing, and Scuba diving. The entire experience was enervating and thrilling. My nine year old daughter also got a first hand adventure at river rafting and river crossing. We shopped for handicrafts at Murudeshwara, the food being vegetation was not much preferred by us. But the buffet at RNS residency was very tasty and their service was really hospitable.
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Vinaya
  • Vinaya
  • 5 Reviews

"Explore the place"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Jan 28, 2014
Must visit places are Murudeshwara Temple and Beach. Temple and Beach are very beautiful. Overall it is very good place to relax and a perfect getaway from the office tensions. The place doesn't have much traffic and pollution. Its a small town, yet beautiful and well equipped to serve. Best time to visit are during sunrise and during sunset.
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