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A Quick Tour Plan to Reach Murudeshwara, Karnataka in South India

Updated on October 7, 2016
The captivating view of Shiva Statue, the second largest in the world
The captivating view of Shiva Statue, the second largest in the world | Source

Murudeshwara is simply amazing and a must see travel destination in South India. A pilgrimage spot and at the same time a picnic place also. Beautiful beach, fascinating greenery, lovely hills and, of course, the most captivating Shiva statue, the second largest in the world, Murudeshwara offers a wide variety of splendor views. All these give enough reasons for a travel enthusiast to head for this exotic landscape on the Konkan coast.

Location

Murudeshwara (or Murudeshwar/Murdeshwar) is a small town on the Konkan coast in Karnataka. The nearest main town is Bhatkal. The Konkan railway from Mangalore to Mumbai passes through this route. The bordering states are Kerala, Goa and Maharashtra.

Language Spoken

Though the main language is Kannada, people also follow Hindi well. English and Urdu also are spoken but by a minority.

Religion

Murudeshwara is a Hindu predominant area followed by Muslims. Muslims are mostly concentrated in nearby Bhatkal.

Getting There


Travelers can reach this coastal town by road or rail. The nearest airport is at Mangalore. The railway is the best option as it is safe, comfort, convenient and economic too.

From Mookambika Temple, Murdeshwara is 62 km away. From Byndoor Mookambika Road railway station, what it takes is just 30 km and reachable within 40 minutes.

The main attraction-World's Second Largest Statue of Lord Shiva
The main attraction-World's Second Largest Statue of Lord Shiva | Source

Plan I: By Rail from Mangalore

(Suitable for people from Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry)

Please note that there are two Railway Stations with the name Mangalore. One is Mangalore CENTRAL and the other is Mangalore JUNCTION. Mangalore Junction is also known as Kankanadi and it is the newly built one on the Konkan route. All trains going to Goa and Mumbai are passing through the Mangalore Junction. Still, the busiest station is Mangalore Central.

There are plenty of trains from Mangalore Central and Mangalore Junction to Goa and Mumbai.


Telephone Nos.of some Major Stations on the route


Byndhoor Mookambika Road 08254-237365

Murudeshwara 08385-268788

Bhatkal 08385-223791

Honnavar 08387-236189

Distance

From Mangalore to Murudeshwar - 163 km

From Mangalore to Bhatkal - 148 km

From Mookambika Road to Murudeshwar 30 km

From Kollur Mookambika Temple to Murudeshwar 63 km

See the Railway timetable given below for a clear idea.

Train Time Table (Matsyagandha Super Fast-No.12620) (From Mangalore to Mumbai-LTT)

Station
Arrival
Departure
Distance (Km)
Mangalore Central
 
14.35
0
Surathkal
15.14
 
35
Mulki
15.26
 
35
Udupi
15.56
 
68
Barkur
16.12
 
84
Kundapura
16.26
 
100
Byndoor Mookambika Road
17.00
17.02
133
Bhatkal
17.18
 
148
Murdeshwar
17.38
17.40
163

Train NO.12619 Matsyagandha Superfast Express (From Mumbai to Mangalore)

Station
Arrival
Departure
Distance (Km)
Mumbai LTT
 
15.20
0
Thane
15.43
15.45
16
Panvel Junction
16.20
16.25
49
Mangaon.
18.30
18.32
156
Madgaon Junction
01.25
01.35
563
Honnavar
03.42
03.44
694
Murdeshwar
04.08
04.10
720

A New Super Fast Express

From February 24, 2014, there is a new train, a Super Fast Express from Mangalore Central to Madgaon. The Train No.22636 Mangalore-Madgaon SF Express leaves Mangalore Central at 8.15 am and reaches Bhatkal at 11.28 am.

The Train No. 22635 Madgaon-Mangalore SF Express leaves Bhatkal at 18.54 (Arrival at 18.52) and reaches Mangalore Central at 22.00 hours (10 pm).

The train (No.22636) can be caught for visiting Udupi, Mookambika and Goa. The main advantage of this train is that you can enjoy the fabulous scenery of Konkan coast in day time itself, a miss in nighttime.

Plan II : By Rail From Goa/Mumbai Side

Distance

From Mumbai (LTT) - 720 km

From Madgaon - 563 km


By Road

From Bangalore: 455 km

From Mangalore: 165 km

From Bangalore reach: Honnavar through NH 206 and then through NH 17 reach Murdeshwara.

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


Where to Stay

There are several options suiting your budget. Anyhow, I furnish the details of three decent hotels below. You can check on Google for more details.


1) Mavalli Beach Heritage Home, Ph: 09901 767993

Site: www.mavallibeachheritage.com

2) RNS Residency, Ph: 08385-268901/902/903

3) Naveen Beach Resort, Ph: 08385-260415

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      deepak 2 years ago

      Thank you so much give this information

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      darshan 2 years ago

      what are main benefits of peoples in this area

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      Sai Krishna 3 years ago

      Sir, we would like to visit Mookambika, uduppi, Murudeswar, Darmasthala and sringeri by train or bus service not by taxi, please advise us

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

      Krishna

      Thanks and glad to know that it is of useful to you.

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      Krishna 3 years ago

      Information provided is very useful. Thank u very much

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

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      Thanks for stopping by and leaving some encouraging comments. I am glad my hub gave you an interesting read.

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      Ajay Kumar Singh 3 years ago from India

      You have written a great travel hub that conveys all the necessary information to readers like me. Thanks for putting up the relevant information in an organized way.

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

      Lex123

      Thanks for your visit and comments. I am glad that you endorse my points.

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      lex123 3 years ago

      You are very true. Murudeshwara is a beautiful place. I had been there and enjoyed visiting the temple and the beach. Thanks for writing about this place.

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

      You are welcome DDE. Please visit and enjoy yourself. I thank you for stopping by and leaving some comments.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A Quick Tour Plan to Reach Murudeshwara, Karnataka in South India great travels this place sounds beautiful and I would like to eventually visit and see the lovely scenarios and enjoy what this part of India has to offer.

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

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      Thank you for stopping by and leaving some precious comments.

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      prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful place, thanks for sharing with us. ~prasetio~

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

      MsDora,

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving some nice comments. I welcome you to visit this beautiful land once you decide a trip to India. Please see my detailed hub on this exotic location. Enjoy!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you for the introduction to Murudeshwara. I'm sure that the mixture of cultures would to the pleasures of a visit to the area. Good information!

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

      Glad to know you liked this information. Thanks also for visit, vote and sharing.

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      deergha 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Very useful and summarizing hub. Thanks for many information shared here. Votes up and sharing as well.

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