Murudeshwar, the pilgrimage paradise and a scenic holy place, is one of the loveliest spots in Karnataka. The tiny town of Murudeshwar, home to a huge Shiva temple, is also home to a sizable Muslim and Christian population. A secular village, the people of this small town live in harmony. The place is sanctified by a piece of the Pranalinga of Mahabaleshwara and has some beautiful carvings and statues. Bounded by the shimmering sea and rolling hills, the place is a favorite picnic spot. One can enter Murudeshwar from the Bhatkal-Honnavar National Highway through a specially erected big entrance decorated with intricate carvings. Murudeshwar symbolises the past glory of Hinduism. It is centered on the splendid Murudeshwar temple atop a hillock overlooking the Arabian Sea.
The sea is an intrinsic part of the temple scape at Murudeshwar. The sea surrounds the temple towering on the small hill called Kanduka Giri on three sides. A huge 15m statue of Shiva towers over the town and has an overwhelming presence. The statue, which is only a few years old, is in a complex, which encompasses the 500-year-old Shiva temple. Murudeshwar is the sort of place which makes you contemplate about life and what it means to you.
The bewitching beauty of the surroundings greets you towards the top of the hillock. Vast stretches of silvery sands with the Sahyadri mountains framed into the background, the coconut trees dancing to the tunes of the billows, rose of boats dancing and drifting towards the shore, the sun looking like a ball of fire just before the sunset and then sinking into the sea – all weave a magic spell. There is also a huge fort behind the temple believed to be renovated by Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore.
[su_highlight background=”#1c58eb” color=”#fafcfc”]How to reach Murudeshwara[/su_highlight]
[su_highlight background=”#1c58eb” color=”#fafcfc”]Road:[/su_highlight] 206 km from Goa on the Canacona – Karward – Gokarn – Murudeshwar route
[su_highlight background=”#1c58eb” color=”#fafcfc”]Rail:[/su_highlight] The Konkan Railways Train plying on the Mumbai – Goa – Mangalore route makes a stop at Murudeshwar and other express trains too.
[su_highlight background=”#1c58eb” color=”#fafcfc”]Air:[/su_highlight] The nearest airports are Goa (220kms) and Mangalore (165kms)
[su_highlight background=”#1c58eb” color=”#fafcfc”]Where to stay in Murudeshwara[/su_highlight]
[su_highlight background=”#1c58eb” color=”#fafcfc”]Hotel RNS Residency, Murudeshwar: [/su_highlight]Hotel RNS Residency is located bang on the Arabian Sea. Staying at the RNS Residency is an exhilarating experience. The view from the balcony is completely breathtaking. The structure on which the hotel stands protrudes into the sea and the balcony is right at the tip. The Hotel is surrounded by picturesque seashore and near the famous Mahatobar Murudeshwar Temple. It has centralized air-conditioning, all modern amenities, a health club, swimming pool, gymnasium and other facilities. There are 76 standard rooms, 8 twin rooms and 2 suite rooms. The hotel serves only vegetarian food, but the food is delicious.
[su_highlight background=”#1c58eb” color=”#fafcfc”]Naveen Beach Resort, Murudeshwar: [/su_highlight]The Resort is very calm and serene. Just walk across the road from the resort, you step onto the beach. This resort offers sea facing rooms that overlook the famous Murudeshwar Temple. Spread over 2 acres, the resort is located 50 meters from the beach and has 10 rooms. The resort offers a/c sea-facing rooms. Laundry, in-house restaurant, cable / satellite TV, and room service are some of the amenities offered. The excellent multi-cuisine restaurant serves a deliciously different menu peppered with freshly caught fish and crisp vegetables cooked by skilled chefs.