Murdeshwar is a small pilgrimage town on the coast in the Karnataka state of India.
"Murdeshwar" is another name of the Hindu god Shiva. Famous for the world's tallest Shiva statue, this beach town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is also famous for the Murdeshwar Temple.
Now sleeper/sitting non AC buses are available from Bangalore. They take just over 12 hours to reach and costs vary from 600-750 depending on the operator and the seating chosen.
Murdeshwar station lies on the Konkan Railway. Some trains from Mumbai and Mangalore stop here. There is one direct train from Bangalore (Train No. 16517, Karwar Express). Starting at 20:30 hrs from Yeshwantpur, which is in the outskirts of Bangalore, to Karwar reaching Murdeshwar at 12noon.
Nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport, 165 km away. Hubli and Panaji airports are other alternatives.
- Murdeshwar Temple and Raja Gopura: This temple is built on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea. It is a temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva, and a 20-storied Gopura is being constructed on the temple. Two life-size elephants in concrete stand guard at the steps leading to the temple. The Murudeswar temple complex is renowned for the tallest idol of Lord Shiva in the world, which is 123 feet. The latest addition to the temple is the Rajagopuram, which was opened on April 12, 2008. And it is the tallest Hindu Temple Gopuram in the World. The Rajagopuram of Murudeswar Temple has 21 floors, including the ground floor. The base measures 105 feet in length and 51 feet breadth.
- Statue of Lord Shiva: A huge towering statue of Lord Shiva, visible from great distances, is present in the temple complex. It is the tallest statue of Shiva in the world. The statue is 123 feet (37 m) in height, and took about 2 years to build. The statue was built by Shivamogga's Kashinath and several other sculptors, financed by businessman and philanthropist Mr R.N. Shetty, at a cost of approximately 50 million Rs. The idol is designed such that it gets the sun light directly and thus appears sparkling. Originally, the statue had four arms, and was adorned in gold paint. However, large wind gusts blew the arm off (the one that held a small drum), and rains dissolved the paint.
This tourist place is also famous for making bricks by well known Murudeshwar Tiles factory
Murudeshwara Fort A fort present behind the temple is said to have been renovated by Tipu Sultan.
Diving: For those who want to dive in clear waters, there are organized trips to Netrani (also known as Pigeon Island). Netrani Island is about 10 nautical miles off shore from the small fishing village of Murdeshwar. Diving shops in Goa shall help you in getting you there.
Beach pristine sands, swimming, water sports and boating. If you stroll down the beach there is some good handicraft shopping.
- RNS Residency, RNS International Murdeshwar - 581350. Bhatkal Taluk, Uttar Kannada, Karnataka, . RNS Residency is a three star hotel located at Murdeshwar (Karnataka, India). The Hotel facing the Arabian Sea, surrounded by picturesque sea-shore and near the famous Mahatobar Murdeshwar Temple. It has 90 luxury rooms, with centralised air-conditioning, all modern amenities, a health club, swimming pool, gymnasium and other facilities. edit
The beach could get crowded during the holiday season, though it is relatively less frequented. You can get a great view of the Lord Shiva statue and the Gopuram from here.