Murudeshwara Tourism
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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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Dibyendu Ghosh

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  • Lives in Barrackpore
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  • 8 Reviews
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"A divine trip to Murudeshwara!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Murudeshwara is a place in Karnataka, famous for Asia's second tallest statue of Lord Shiva. Murudeshwara is around 200 km away from Mangalore. Both Bus and Trains are available to reach there. Its a devine place to be. Its a single day tour. Along with the main attraction a few water sports are there in some seasons. That is also enjoyable.
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Rajesh  R

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  • Rajesh R
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Good place to visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
This is an good place to visit in karnataka, which has a beautiful temple along with the biggest statue of lord siva. Also there is an beach where you can enjoy there also there are couple of water games and parachute ride.

Also it is bit near to goa, If you plan for a goa trip, you must visit this place.

Traveling through bus is the saddest part, roads are little bad towards this place. Also after you get down in from the bus you must walk for 3 to 4 kilometers. I would suggest you to take some private buses than going for the government bus.
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Daksh jain Sonigra

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  • Daksh jain Sonigra
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Murudeshwara, a great place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Visit this place specially in summer its a cool and best place with family and friend's and also the park and shiva temple and idol is great to watch for eyes. What to say about beaches, had a great fun with family specially with children's.
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Rakesh

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Surprised by what this place offers you" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We reached the place at around 7pm in the mid of January 2016, and as we were driving towards RNS Residency, got mesmerized by the view of the world's 2nd tallest Shiva statue on the top and the seashore on the right. The night was warm, the beach was still full of visitors.

Next day early morning, we just went for a walk on the beach, the fresh air and sea breeze just wake you up!! You will find people taking bath, and as clock striked 8, the jet boats and the jet skis are full on. After a walk around the Shiva status and temples, spent the day on the beach. Glad to find good seafood at Naveen beach resort.

Took a private jet boat to the island in the afternoon, enjoyed the sunset right from the middle of sea. Good we went!!
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Suresh S

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"Religious place with some best scenaries"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I went to this place named Murudeshwara in the month of may of year 2015 with my family. We had our own transports arranged, that was a car and we were basically from Bangalore. Murudeshwara temple was 350kms away from our place and the journey was for about 8hrs to 9hrs. And we reached the temple by 8 O'clock night. I suggest you to book your hotel tickets before itself because you won't get hotels close to the place at your budget. And there are hotels near the place and I suggest you to book there if you want to enjoy the scenery. We got hotel rooms 1km away from the place which was pretty decent. Hotel name is I guess RN's residency. The time we went was summer so it was too hot there you cannot keep your bare foot and you can avoid these time. We went for dharshana of god and it took us around about 1hrs to complete it. Later this place has a lengthy gopura, you can visit to the top of this gopura which we forgot to do. Later nearby you have a beach which is wonderful as it is not that much dirty. We played there for about 1hour and also we visited to a nearby island with the help of a boat. After completing this we headed to our place and completed our packing and had some rest. Later that evening we left the place as it was only a 2day trip. I suggest you to take your own transport if you like to visit more other places. I also suggest you to avoid April or may month which is very hot.
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Rajesh Sachdeva

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"Coastal Karnataka, nice visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A very good destination for perfect family outing, stayed at RNS Residency was thrill. Very good sea facing rooms with temple on one side & Lord Shiva's 2nd largest idol in the world. Enjoyed all latest water sports, which are usually available in Goa, but the place ambience is family environment not like Goa. Coming to food it was really superb. On the way back we can see the coast along with the highway on both the directions towards Mangalore or Hubli.
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"Murudeshwara, land of Lord shiva!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's an holy place, Lord Shiva's temple. The temple's three sides are surrounded by water. Its the 2nd largest statue in Asia. There is an lift in the Goupuram which takes us to top to see the Lord Shiva 's statue. There is also an Shaneshwar temple built near the Shiva' s temple. The Gopuram view of the beach is beautiful and mind-blowing.
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Prasanna Rs

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"Religious & a relaxation place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Best place to visit in Group and family. Shiva statue, Arabian sea beach all enhances the beauty of this place. This place is blend of Religion and Relax. Boat cruising is available. Those who want to enjoy Individual cruising, speed boats are available. RNS hotel is situated on the bank of Arabian sea. One can enjoy the beach and dine simultaneously. There is also an island.
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Rohit Muralidharan

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"Murudeshwara: Spirituality or Weekend Getaway"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visited Murudeshwara in November 2015, almost a good time to visit but where I erred was the fact that I thought it would be a perfect spiritual getaway. Murudeshwara, the place where one of the tallest Shiva statue sits in the Chin-mudra or Abhayahasta Mudra is more of a commercial area. Though the location is marvellous with a huge beach alongside and the huge Shiva statue facing the remnants of Western Ghats, but the place doesn't evoke the spirituality that a person seeks.

The beach alongside the temple is a good one. It offers all sorts of water sports and is comparatively cheaper than other beaches in India. The temple is an architectural grandeur in itself, with a large and imposing Gopuram. One can climb up the Gopuram using the elevators at the entrance. Sunset is breathtaking from the beach as well as from the top of the Gopuram. A good weekend getaway but not a place to seek peace.
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Nikhil Raj

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"An amazing experience!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Backpack everything very soon if you want to see the second largest shiva statue. Yes it is here! The temple surrounded bye the great sea is worth a watch! They act to be a paradise for photographers providing magnificent views! Apart from this the drive in beach nearby-Murudeshwara beach is also a loved place by visitors. The 18 storeyed mandir at the place also is a great sign of architecture. One can go to the top most floor and can view the entire town and the sea surrounded shiva statue. Which will be a peaceful atmosphere.
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