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How to Reach Murudeshwar on the Konkan Route in Karnataka, South India

Updated on September 21, 2015

Murudeshwara is a new travel spot in South India attracting thousands of travelers. The beautiful beach, fascinating panorama and the world's second largest Shiva statue, these are the contributing factors for the sudden attraction of the travel folks. You just stand spellbound while watching the spectacular scenery of the Shiva statue and the surrounding exotic location.


Well begun is half done. And my job of describing Murudeshwara is half done just with the placement of an arresting video on the beginning portion of this article. Though the video is of a duration of just 63 seconds, the mood it creates and the impression it leaves are something extra special. The visuals take us to a different world of enormous excitement.

Location

The temple is built on the Kanduka Hill in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka. It is situated between the Honnavar and Bhatkal town. The location is on the Konkan coast. Nearest railway station is Murudeshwar, just 2 km away. The nearest main station is Bhatkal.

Attractions of the Temple

The name ‘Murudeshwar’ means Shiva or Eeshwara. You can find a reference about this place in Ramayana. In the temple gallery, you can find many pictures of Ravana on different occasions. You need to take the ticket to enter in. But it is worth.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has a 20-storied Gopura. There is a lift facility to reach the top, which gives a breathtaking view of the magnificent Shiva statue from the top of the Raja Gopura. To enter the lift, you need to wait as people love to enjoy this experience in its totality resulting in a rush.

Two life-size elephants in concrete stand guard at the entrance point. The tourists find time to take a snap from here. The 249 feet tall Raja Gopura is believed to be the tallest Gopura (temple tower) in the world. Sri. R.N. Shetty is the man behind the temple and the temple complex.

Features of the Statue of Lord Shiva

Amazing! No, this is not enough to describe the statue. The statue is 123 feet (37m). It is a huge towering statue and visible from far away distance. It is the second highest statue of Lord Shiva in the world. The first is in Nepal.

The statue was built by Kashinath and his associates, financed by businessman and philanthropist R.N. Shetty. We will thankfully remember the main architect and other sculptors when we pay a look at the statue.

The statue looks differently as we change our watching-location. Sometimes it seems so tall and sometimes not at all tall and so on. The mood reflects on Shiva’s face also changes at times. The statue is erected on the top of the temple on a hill, surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea.

Come to the back portion of the statue and pay a look at the surrounding area. You are about to forget the world on seeing such an amazing panorama. Total greenery, the vast sea and the hustle and bustle of a coastal life. All these will please you immensely. Reach the spot at evening or early morning for watching the most beautiful scenery. The statue is designed in such a way that it gets the direct sunlight so as to appear sparkling. But the proximity to the sea is costing the sculpture so dearly. The large wind and rain affected its original gold paint and one arm out of the four is damaged now.

The breath taking view of Shiva Statue at Murudeshwar
The breath taking view of Shiva Statue at Murudeshwar | Source

Other Attractions

Murdeshwara Fort

The fort has got some connection with Tipu Sultan as it was he, who renovated the fort. It is behind the temple.

Murudewhara Beach

The beach is crowded during the evening. There are several shopping parleys and picnic joints on the coast. Plenty of eateries, amusement corners, boating, it has all the features of a popular beach. But bathing is not allowed since the area is inhabited by crabs. You can see crabs digging holes everywhere in the beach sand.


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This statue of Lord Shiva is the second largest in the world.Author with his family and friends at the entrance point of the Murudeshwara TempleMurudeshwara Railway Station. From here it is just 2 km to reach the temple and beach.The tallest Raja Gopura (Tower). There is lift facility to reach the top and to view the surrounding scenery.A nearby Guest HouseThis Restaurant is a good one built over the Sea. Food is neat and cheap too. Overall it gives you an excellent experience.A sculpture depicting a scene from the MahabharathaSea view from a nearby reputed hotel
This statue of Lord Shiva is the second largest in the world.
This statue of Lord Shiva is the second largest in the world. | Source
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Author with his family and friends at the entrance point of the Murudeshwara Temple
Author with his family and friends at the entrance point of the Murudeshwara Temple | Source
Murudeshwara Railway Station. From here it is just 2 km to reach the temple and beach.
Murudeshwara Railway Station. From here it is just 2 km to reach the temple and beach. | Source
The tallest Raja Gopura (Tower). There is lift facility to reach the top and to view the surrounding scenery.
The tallest Raja Gopura (Tower). There is lift facility to reach the top and to view the surrounding scenery. | Source
A nearby Guest House
A nearby Guest House | Source
This Restaurant is a good one built over the Sea. Food is neat and cheap too. Overall it gives you an excellent experience.
This Restaurant is a good one built over the Sea. Food is neat and cheap too. Overall it gives you an excellent experience. | Source
A sculpture depicting a scene from the Mahabharatha
A sculpture depicting a scene from the Mahabharatha | Source
Sea view from a nearby reputed hotel
Sea view from a nearby reputed hotel

How to Reach


By Train

Murudeshwara is lying on the Konkan route. There are several trains from Mangalore and Mumbai side to Murudeshwar. The nearest railway station is Murudeshwar. But some trains do not stop here. Then, you need to alight at the nearby Bhatkal station.

From Byndhoor Mookambika railway station, the distance to Murudeshwara is just 30 km and from the Mookambika temple, it is 62 km. From Murudeshwara railway station, what it takes is just 2 km to reach Murudeshwara Temple and Beach.

By Road

From Bangalore 455 km

From Mangalore 165 km

From Mangalore: Reach Honnavar through NH 206 and then through NH 17 reach Murudeshwara.

From Mumbai and Mangalore: Take NH 17 between Honnavar and Bhatkal towns.

Food & Accommodation

A good number of restaurants are available catering different cosines. Lodging is limited since it is a newly developed tourist spot. The hotels of RNS group are fine but a little expensive. Cheap accommodation is available within 1 km radiance. I would suggest you to stay in RNS Residence as it is so close to the prime attraction and gives you a wonderful look of the entire attraction. The hotels here price exorbitantly during the festival season like Pooja (Duserah) or Diwali.

If you love boozing, don’t worry. There are a couple of Bars too nearby to satisfy you.

What makes Murudeshwara a different experience

Murudeshwara is a new tourist spot. Its popularity is slowly progressing. The main attraction of Murudeshwara is the tallest statue of Shiva in a sitting posture and the Shiva temple on the hill surrounded three sides by the Arabian Sea. A temple on the beach is a good idea for total enjoyment. On reaching here, you will know that rather than a pilgrim centre, it is a picnic spot. The surrounding lovely beach, the charming Kanduka Hill and the total greenery may be the reason for that. I did not feel any pilgrim mood here. When asked, my friends also told the same thing.

When a temple, especially a Shiva shrine comes to your mind, the picture flashes in your mind must be an ancient building. But this is a newly built one and fully presents a picture of modernity. The so-called temple ambience is what lacks here mainly. The rates of Poojas (worship offers) too are exorbitant. One thing is sure the Shiva statue and the surrounding beach location will never fade from your mind.

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      3 years ago

      VVery nice informatio wil have to go there..seema kodre

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Aupadhyay, my friend

      Om Namah Shivaya! Thank you for stopping by and leaving some thought provoking comments. Shiva is the God of Gods. I am glad that you loved my hub and is thinking of making a trip to this wonderful place where Shiva's largest statue is erected. Thanks for sharing your opinion.

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      ANIL KUMAR UPADHYAY 3 years ago from INDIA, UTTAR PRADESH STATE, KANPUR CITY

      Om Shri Neelkanth, Mahadevay Namah, My friend sunil, you have posted just loving pics of Lord Gauri Shankar, that I could not stop myself to bend physically and spiritually, before him. In all, a very interesting info hub. Whenever, I am enabled by Lord Maheshwar, I will definitely visit using your information. Thanks for sharing this very important hub.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

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      Glad to read your comments. I wish to know your experience there, especially the stay at RNS hotel. Please share. Thank you for the comments made on my hub.

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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

      Thanks for this beautiful write up. Murudeswara is our favorite destination. When we go we stay inRN Shetty's seaside hotel.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

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      Thank you dear for your nice comments, vote and sharing. I am glad that you love my hub. Wish you a nice day.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Well written ,interesting and very useful.

      Voted up and wishing you a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

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      Thank you for your visit and comments. Hope you visit the place enjoy yourself.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Glad to know that you loved the place so well. Thank you very much for your comments and visiting my page.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

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      Happy to note that you loved my hub and the place. Thank you for the visit and nice comments.

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      Prithima Sharma 3 years ago from Delhi, India

      Nice place to visit

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      cvanthul 3 years ago from Florida

      This sounds like a lovely place to visit. The statue certainly appears to be impressive, and the surrounding sea must make it look even more impressive.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How to Reach Murudeshwara on the Konkan Route in Karnataka, South India a well approached hub and you explained to the point. This sounds a lovely idea and a great expereince

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