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How to Reach Murudeshwar in Karnataka, South India

Sunilkunnoth loves spiritual sojourns and makes frequent travels to the pilgrimage centres across India.

Murudeshwara, a new travel spot in South India attracting thousands of travelers. The beautiful beach, fascinating panorama and the world's second largest Shiva statue are the contributing factors for the sudden attraction of the travel folks to this place. You just stand spellbound while watching the spectacular sight of the Shiva statue and the surrounding exotic 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. The 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 to 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 statues 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 seen damaged now.

The breath taking view of Shiva Statue at Murudeshwar

The breath taking view of Shiva Statue at Murudeshwar

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

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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.

Easy Tour Plan to Murudeshwara

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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 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 center, 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 that of an ancient building. But this is a newly built one and completely presents a picture of modernity. The so-called temple ambiance is what lacks here mainly. The rates of Poojas (worship offers) too are exorbitant. Nevertheless, one thing is sure the Shiva statue and the surrounding beach location will never fade from your mind.

Google Map of Murudeshwara, Karnataka

© 2013 Sunil Kumar Kunnoth


v on March 20, 2014:

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

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on December 13, 2013:

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.


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.

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on November 15, 2013:


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.

JR Krishna from India on November 14, 2013:

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

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on November 07, 2013:


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

Eiddwen from Wales on November 07, 2013:

Well written ,interesting and very useful.

Voted up and wishing you a great day.


Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on November 06, 2013:

Prithima Sharma

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

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on November 06, 2013:

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

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth (author) from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on November 06, 2013:


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

Prithima Sharma from Delhi, India on November 06, 2013:

Nice place to visit

Cristina Vanthul from Florida on November 06, 2013:

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.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 06, 2013:

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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