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Murudeshwar

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"Home to the World's Second Tallest Shiva Statue"

Murudeshwar Tourism

Murudeshwar is home to the second tallest statue of Lord Shiva (123 ft) in the world. With the shimmering Arabian Sea on three sides and the magnificent Western Ghats imposing their presence on this town, it is a favourite picnic spot for the folks from Kerala and Karnataka. The beaches and the adventure activities around Netrani island are significant attractions for the tourists.

Murudeshwar temple and fort are also the most visited spots, captivating one with their rustic charm and beauty. Nearby Netrani island is also a trendy spot for tourists as it offers excellent snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities. The Murudeshwar beach, however, has become a little overcrowded and dirty due to human intervention and could be avoided.

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Karnataka's Scuba Diving Capital

Murudeshwar is a coastal town situated in the Bhatkal taluk state of Karnataka. Named after Lord Shiva, this town is extremely famous for the statue of Lord Shiva, which is the second largest in the world. Besides the religious significance of Murudeshwar, the coastal town is also famous for its sea life, with Murudeshwar being a famous scuba diving hotspot. Netrani Island, not very far from Murudeshwar, is a famous coral beach, and a perfect scuba diving site cum training centre. No wonder why  Murudeshwar is also famous as Karnataka's 'Scuba Diving Capital'. 

Mythology

Dating back to Ramayana, Murudeshwara occupies a tremendous symbolic reference to the Hindu mythology God, Lord Shiva and the ruler of Lanka, Ravana. Atma-Linga or the soul of Lord Shiva is believed to bless an individual with the power of invincibility and immortality. With the greedy idea of achieving the potential of invincibility and immortality, Ravana prayed fervently to Lord Shiva, and Lord Shiva grants him the Atma-Linga with the condition that it shouldn't touch the ground. Later, Lord Ganesha disguises himself as a brahmin to misguide Ravana in placing the Atma-Linga as the God community believed that this could create chaos on Earth. Finally, Lord Ganesha succeeds in his act which kindles the temper of Ravana. In the process of uprooting, parts of the Atma-Linga lands to five different spots developing a chain of temples or Panch-kshetras devoted to Lord Shiva. The Aghora or Mridesha, the covering cloth of the Atma-Linga landed on the top of Kanduka hill. This led to naming the place as Mrideshwara, which is presently known as Murudeshwara.

Restaurants and Local Food in Murudeshwar

The area does not have too many choices for food and cuisine. However there are a handful of restaurants here that serve South-Indian, North-Indian and Chinese cuisines. One can indulge in local delicacies of the area such as Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Akki Roti, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, Ragi Mudde, Uppittu, Vangi Bath and traditional and local sweets like Mysore pak, Obbattu, Dharwad Peda, Chiroti etc .
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Suggested Itinerary for Murudeshwar

Day 1 - Reach Murudeshwar, preferably by noon and take some rest. In the evening, you can go to the main Murudeshwar Temple, for both blessings and shopping.  
Day 2 - The 2nd day should be the ideal time for starting your trip through Murudeshwar. You can visit the Netrani Island.
Day 3 - This day can be reserved for the Murudeshwar Fort, which houses some of the choicest moments of Kannada history. Then, you can proceed towards the Murudeshwar beach, which is also the site of the famous statue of Lord Shiva. Although not much water sports are available, you can go swimming or for a nice walk along the beach.

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FAQs on Murudeshwar

What is famous about Murudeshwar?

A refreshing coastal beauty. Karnataka's scuba diving hotspot.

What is not so good about Murudeshwar?

Linguistic problems. The Murudeshwar beach has become dirty.

Who should visit Murudeshwar?

Ideal for adventure enthusiasts and water sportspersons. Also suitable for backpackers from Bengaluru, Mysuru, and other areas of Karnataka.

What is the best time to visit Murudeshwar?

October to May is the best time to visit Murudeshwar. MahaShivaratri is an important festival here and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. It typically occurs in the month of February or March. Many pilgrims visit this place and even consider it holy to a certain level. If you are planning to visit Murudeshwar specifically for scuba diving, then a visit from November - January might be a good time and it is typically a good idea to find out if scuba diving is active or not as quite often, it is closed due to various reasons. June-September experiences heavy rainfall and should be avoided. The weather in this sacramental town is synonymous to those of most tropical Indian countries, and the best time to visit is the Winter season due to the moderately cold temperatures.

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What is the local food in Murudeshwar?

The area does not have too many choices for food and cuisine. However there are a handful of restaurants here that serve South-Indian, North-Indian and Chinese cuisines. One can indulge in local delicacies of the area such as Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Akki Roti, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, Ragi Mudde, Uppittu, Vangi Bath and traditional and local sweets like Mysore pak, Obbattu, Dharwad Peda, Chiroti etc .
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What is the best way to reach Murudeshwar?

Murudeshwar is ably connected to the rest of the Indian territory by both railways and roadways. Regular rail and bus services ply to and fro Murudeshwar. There is, however, no direct flight connectivity to Murudeshwar. The nearest airport is in Mangalore, approximately 137 km away from Murudeshwar.
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What are the things to do in Murudeshwar?

The top things to do in Murudeshwar are Netrani Island, Murudeshwar Temple, Murudeshwar Beach, Murudeshwar Fort, Statue Park, Bhatkal Beach. You can see all the places to visit in Murudeshwar here

What are the places near Murudeshwar?

The top places near to Murudeshwar are Gokarna which is 54 km from Murudeshwar, Jog falls which is located 37 km from Murudeshwar, Kumta which is located 37 km from Murudeshwar, Goa which is located 171 km from Murudeshwar, Honnemaradu which is located 42 km from Murudeshwar

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