Murudeshwara, Karnataka, India (with photos)

Murudeshwara (Kannada: ಮುರುಡೇಶ್ವರ) is a town in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in the Indian state of Karnataka. This place is a very famous tourist destination which houses the world's second tallest Shiva statue, Murudeshwara temple, beach, fort & gopura.

The significance of this holy town dates to the time of Ramayana. More on history of this town can be found on the following websites:

Lord Shiva's statue

View of the Lord Shiva's statue & RNS Hotel from sea shore

Getting there:

By Road:
From Bengaluru: There are 3 ways from Bengaluru
1. Via Shivamogga (9-10 hrs drive)
Distance: 465 km
Route: NH206 - Bengaluru - Tumkur - Tiptur - Arsikere - Birur - Tarikere - Shimoga - Sagar - Honnavar - Murudeshwara

2. Via Ranebennur (8-9 hrs drive)
Distance: 495 km
Route: NH4 - Bengaluru - Tumkur - Chitradurga - Davangere - Ranebennur - Hirekerur - Soraba - Siddapur - Honnavar - Murudeshwara

3. Via Mangalore (10-11 hrs drive)
Distance: 505 km
Route: NH48/NH17 - Bengaluru - Kunigal - Channarayapattna - Hassan - Sakleshpura - Shiradi - Mangalore - Udupi - Kundapura - Bhatkal - Murudeshwara

From Karwar:
Distance : 115 km
Route: NH17 - Karwar - Ankola - Kumta - Honnavar - Murudeshwara

From Hubli:
Distance: 200 km
Route: Hubli - Kalghatgi - Yellapur - Gokarna - Kumta - Honnavar - Murudeshwara

By Bus:
There are a lot of buses from Hubli & Karwar to Murudeshwara from NWKRTC & also lots of buses from Mangalore to Murudeshwara from KSRTC. There are quite a few direct buses from Bengaluru to Murudeshwara from KSRTC & Private carriers also.

By Train:
Murudeshwara lies on the Konkan railway line, so one can take trains plying from Mangalore to Mumbai. Few trains stop in Murudeshwara railway station, but otherwise, the nearest railway station would be Bhatkal

By Air:
Mangalore International Airport is the nearest - Around 160 km
Other alternatives are Hubli (200 km) & Panjim (220 km)

Where to stay:
There are few private hotels inside & outskirts of Murudeshwara & also Beach resorts are there near Murudeshwara.
Best place is to stay in RNS Residency

Closeup view of Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva's statue

Ravana giving AtmaLinga to Lord Ganesha in disguise of a brahmin boy

Other places of Interest near Murudeshwara:
* Idagunji (20 km) : Ganesha Temple
* Bhatkal (16 km) : Famous port town
* Apsarakonda Falls (30 km) : Beautiful waterfalls
* Maravanthe Beach (50 km)
* Gokarna (65 km) : Mahabaleshwara Temple
* Kollur (63 km) : Mookambika Temple
Jog Falls (90 km) : World famous & the highest water falls in India
Om Beach (75 km) : A beautiful beach in the shape of sanskrit letter "Om"
* Mirjan Fort (55 km) : Beautiful Fort
* Karwar (115 km) : Beautiful beaches
* Udupi (100 km) : Sri Krishna Temple

Another view from sea shore

Gopura of Murudeshwara Temple

Beach view

Lord Shiva's Statue

View from inside the RNS Hotel

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