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MurudeshwarMurudeshwar of Bhatkal taluk in Uttara Kannada district is around 165 km from Mangalore on the National Highway attracting lot of devotees and tourists to the place. This picturesque place situated between Honnavara and Bhatkal. Bounded by the Arabian Sea and rolling hills of Western Ghats, the place is a favorite picnic spot. Probably the finest beach, temple, restaurants, guest houses, resorts & beautiful garden in coastal karnataka and the most popular.

The sea is an intrinsic part of the temple scape at Murudeshwar. The sea on three sides surrounds the temple towering on the small hill called Kanduka Giri on three sides. Two life-size elephants in concrete stand guard at the steps leading to the temple. As one ascends the hillock, there is a shrine of Jattiga seated on a horse. There is a huge fort behind the temple, said to have been renovated by King Tippu sultan of Mysore. Evening visit to see sunset at sun set point is real fulfilling experience. View of small boats and fishermen coming back to their houses from quite distances and different sides in the sea make every body feel the mesmerizing evening.

The main attraction of Murudeshwar is Shiva temple, this sacred place presents some beautiful carvings and statues, which has a history that dates back to a few centuries (Threthayuga). The temple which embodies a Shiva Linga is believed to have erupted when Ravana (Demon King of Lanka) flung the cloth covering the Atmalinga at Gokarna while lifting it. Lord Shiva, following a complicated sequence of events, declared that Murudeshwara should be one of his five holy places.

Murudeshwar Lord Shiva idol 123ft - tallest Shiva idol in the world Shiva Idol:

A recent attraction of Murudeshwara is the Lord Shiva idol erected beside the temple.

The idol towers 123 feet into the sky and viewable from a very long distance from the arabian sea.

It is the tallest Shiva idol in the world.

This tourist place is also famous for making bricks by well known "Murudeshwar Tiles factory".

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Places near Murudeshwar
Bhatkal - 16 kms
Idagunji - 20 kms
Gokarna - 65 kms
Karwar - 120 kms
Kollur - 63 kms
Jog Falls - 90 kms
Manjuguni - 90 kms
Udupi - 100 kms

How to reach Murudeshwar:
Road: (1 km off National Highway)
From Mangalore: Udupi - Kundapur - Byndoor - Bhatkal - Murudeshwar
From Karwar: Kumata - Honnavar - Murudeshwar

Rail: The Konkan Railways and other express trains plying on the Mangalore - Goa - Mumbai route makes a stop at Murudeshwar.

Nearest Rail-head: Hubli

Nearest Airport: Mangalore and Goa

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