Murudeshwara Tourism
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Murudeshwara Tourism

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Murudeshwara Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: Uttara Kannada

History of Murudeshwar

The name Murudeshwar, which is another name for Lord Shiva, finds its origins in the time of the Ramayana.

Ravana, the Lankan king wanted to attain immortality and prayed fervently to Lord Shiva for the same. Pleased by his prayers, Lord Shiva agreed to give Ravana the Atma-Linga (Soul of Shiva) on the condition that he would not place it on the ground before reaching Lanka. Ravana agreed and started on his journey home. To prevent him from obtaining immortality, Lord Ganesha and Lord Vishnu devised a plan to make Ravana drop the Atma-Linga.

Being enraged that he was tricked out of immortality, Ravana threw the various pieces of the Atma-Linga, and the areas where they landed are today cities of great religious importance. The cloth covering the Atma-Linga was flung to Mrideshwar, now known as Murudeshwara. There are many places to see in Murudeshwara.

People and Culture of Murudeshwar

The city is rich in its devotion to Lord Shiva, and is home to the second largest Shiva statue in the world; one of the best places to visit in Murudeshwara. The people are helpful and devoted to their God and are a good source of things to do in Murudeshwara. Tourism and religion go hand in hand in this city with most places of interested centered around the large statue.

Things to Do in Murudeshwar

The temple is the largest attraction in the city. The statue of Lord Shiva, built by R N Shetty, stands at a majestic 123 feet. Most of the activities and places to see in Murudeshwara are found close to this Shiva temple.

Other Murudeshwara tourist places, if you have some time in the city, are a visit to Murudeshwara beach, which also offers you a good view of the Shiva Statue. The Idagunji is also visited frequently. The beach is enclosed by hills to its East. Situated between Bhatkal and Honnavar, visitors can swim, fish and sunbathe on this beach. There are also boat rides on offer. Murudeshwara sightseeing has a lot to offer very different types of travellers.

Food and shopping in Murudeshwar

Murudeshwara places to visit includes Lavancha Handicrafts which offers traditional souvenirs like wall-hangings, idols of Gods, and jewellery boxes. Handlooms, traditional scarves and other items of interest can also be found at the various small shops and markets scattered around the main town.

Food choices in the city range from a simple vegetarian meal to a lavish four-course meal offered by many of the hotels found in the city. Situated close to the beach means that the city has on offer fresh and tasty seafood and an array of South Indian, North Indian and Chinese food. Murudeshwar also has an ice-cream parlour situated in the main town where one can relish some lip-smacking ice creams. Do not miss out on sightseeing in Murudeshwara!

Accommodation in Murudeshwar

With a whole host of accommodation options, the city’s most popular ones are the RNS chains of hotels. Besides this, there are some resorts and smaller hotels that are well maintained and decently priced. Ask about Murudeshwara tours at your hotel.

Murudeshwara can be accessed by air from Mangalore International Airport which is 153km south of the city. By train, the Murudeshwara railway station is connected to both Mangalore as well as Mumbai. The station is 2km east of the town and is reachable by bus or auto-rickshaw.

If you are wondering how to reach Murudeshwara by road, one can either take a private or state-run bus from Mumbai, Kochi or Bangalore. The city is located on NH17 which connects Mumbai to Kochi. Murudeshwara city attractions can be seen by taxis or auto-rickshaws. There are many options for hotels in Murudeshwara for the discerning traveller.


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Sandesh Pai

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  • Sandesh Pai
  • Lives in Udupi
  • 10 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  330 readers

"Temple & beach"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Its a place of lord shiva. This temple is built on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea. The place has second largest shiva idol.
Here there is scuba diving in NETRANI ISLAND/PIGEON ISLAND
A Place for fun & adventure
Request for travellers is that please don't pollute the beach by throwing waste.
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Bala Chowdaiah

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  • Bala Chowdaiah
  • Lives in Dharmavaram
  • 4 Reviews
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"Very Good Experience in Murudeshwara"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 13, 2017
My Friends and myself enjoyed a log in Murudeshwara beach, the lod siva temple is very good, I never seen that type of temple before, Raja Gopura is very good to see and that height Raja Gopura is very high. A huge towering statue of Lord Shiva it is nice to see I want to see again. The temple is entirely modernized with exception of mine
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Swapnil achari

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  • 4 Reviews
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  •  493 readers

"Fabulous."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 10, 2017
A fantastic place to be. If you are religious or spiritual this place will uplift you. If you are a wanderer or just want spend time around again this place is for you. Huge temple complex. It took us around 2 hours to see each place. We saw the swayambhu lingam too. Then the huge shiva statue. Must visit : the caves inside with beautiful artwork/sculpture which will tell you the story of this place. Get inside the gopuram for the aerial/top view of the entire complex. And last check out the clean waters of the beach. Really beautiful. Only disappointment was the lunch we had at Naveen beach restaurant. Real bad service and rude servers. Apart from that a must visit to the temple.
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Subhasis das

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  • Subhasis das
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"It is just too good to spend a day"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Jul 26, 2016
Me, my Wife and a my Kid (2 years old) had visited Murudeshwar temple on July 2016. Maximum you spend 1 day full to enjoy the day.

As expected KSTDC is not doing anything to improve the tourism business. Only the locals are doing their best to service and earn from the tourists.
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Shyam Ch

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  • Shyam Ch
  • Lives in Dharmavaram
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1710 readers

"Very nice And Amazing Tour"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 15, 2016
Here in Murideshwara we can see our oldest construction of temple which is 220 feet height from the land and it is nearer to the ocean beach, and the climate of Murideshwara is very hot when comparing to other places. It is very good place to enjoy in beach and there is siva statute which is almost 70 feet. Very nice to see and enjoy the place
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  • 3 votes

Harishankkar Gk

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  • Harishankkar Gk
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
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  •  9 helpful votes
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"A place worth to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 2, 2016
The Shiva temple itself is small. Main attractions include a museum, gopuram top view and the huge Shiva statue. One of the best places I would say to watch the sunset. Make sure you reach there by evening. The wind is strong. From the top of the gopuram, a brilliant view of the statue can be seen especially after sunset when it is lit by lights. The view of the sea is also nice. Main problem will be the parking space.
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Sunit Radhakrishnan

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  • Sunit Radhakrishnan
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
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"One of the mind relaxing destination"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Apr 17, 2016
If you want to relax up your mind just go to this awesome place where you can see the biggest Shiva statue over the sea. A very cool place to spend time with your family. There are few hotels and resorts over the beach side for you to spend your time over. A cool relaxing place to spend a day or two.
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Sindhu bairavi

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"Great and Magnificent"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 8, 2016
The statue of Shiva is simple magnificent and the temple is maintained well as well. The cave with the historic story is also very informative. You can see the statue from very far distances and is really great! The views from behind the statue is also amazing.
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Sreejesh mon chukkath

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"Awesome place to go!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 29, 2016
A must visit place. Huge statue of God shiva and gopuram is there. Surrounded by ocean a truly mesmerising experience. Very clean and neat beach. Water sports is also there. Overall enjoyed very much with my family. Must see!
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"A divine trip to Murudeshwara!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 10, 2016
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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