Sunday, April 10, 2016


Blissful Murudeshwar!

Murudeshwar is a quiet, beautiful town located in the Coastal Karnataka between Goa and Udupi. Murudeshwar has a railway station on the picturesque Mumbai-Mangalore Konkan Railway line. Trains from Udupi take 2-21/2 hours to reach Murudeshwar. The railway station is just 2 km east of the town and can be reached by buses and auto-rickshaws. The rickshaw-wallahs charge Rs.30 to travel between the temple and railway station.

Murudeshwar Temple Gopuram

Large Shiva Statue in the temple complex

Krishna, Charioteer of Arjuna

The Town is around 1 km off the Kochi-Mumbai (NH17) highway. The town can be reached by road from Udupi and Mangalore from South or Goa and Mumbai from North. The roads are in excellent conditions and run adjacent to the Arabian Sea and pass through lot of rivers, small hills and beautiful beaches. Frequent buses are available from Udupi. The travel takes around 3 hours. However the Karnataka state buses are not the best if you are carrying a lot of luggage. From the highway, one can either walk or take an auto-rickshaw to reach the temple.

Murudeshwar Beach

Temple, view from beach

Water sports @ the beach

People playing in the calm, long tides 

Murudeshwar is home to famous Murudeshwar Temple and a long lovely Murudeshwar beach on the coast of Arabian Sea.

Murudeshwar coast view from the Gopuram

Bird's eye view of the town
Top view of the beach

The temple street, seen from the gopuram top

The Shiva temple is built on the Kanduka hill and is surrounded by Arabian Sea on three sides. The temple complex has the world’s second tallest Shiva statue. The temple has one of the tallest gopurams in India. The gopuram has lift facilities to reach up to 18 of the 20 stories. The view from the top of the gopuram is majestic. However the views are clear and photographic in early morning and late evening. 

The Arabian Sea, from the Beach Restaurant

The beach, seen from the dining hall of the restaurant

Murudeshwar beach is very tidy and calm. The shallow beach with array of small waves provides ideal condition for swimming and water sports. It is a good place to spend time with family and friends. It has good facilities for tourists. The town has good number of hotels and restaurants located close to the temple and railway station.

The town seen with a hilly background
The Shiva statue surrounded by Arabian Sea
The Temple Inner Gopuram

The RNS guest house located adjacent to the temple complex provides the best facilities in the town. And the Naveen Beach restaurant located close the beach offers best view of the Arabian Sea while dining. It serves South and North Indian food. But the food is not very tasty to those coming from big towns. The town management keeps the town very clean and friendly to the visitors. It is a good place to spend a weekend.

Fun activities at the beach

Long, Clean and Peaceful Beach
Crystal clear water

Ideal waves for beginners to learn Surfing!

Magnificent Gopuram 

Murudeshwar Railway Station

And there are lot of wonderful places located close to Murudeshwar like Gokarna, Jog Falls, Kollur, Malpe beach and Udupi.

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