Places to visit in Karnataka
About Murudeshwar, aka, Murudeswar or Murudeshwara
Things to do in Murudeshwar
Murudeshwar is a place of great significance for the Hindus and the Shiva bhaktas (devotees) from all around the world. It is the home to the second highest Shiva statue in the world and is quite famous for the same. Some of the activities that you can do here include,
Scuba diving is one of the most popular underwater activities and can be done only in few places around the world where to water is deep, safe and calm enough to perform such an activity. The Pigeon Island (also known asNetrani in the locality) is quite famous over the entire nation for a thrilling scuba diving and snorkeling experience.
There are several other beach activities that you can perform in Murudeshwar. Some of these activities include surfing, jet-skiing, and other such thrilling activities. Also, do not forget to take some time from your trip to just relax on the beach and enjoy the colorful and peaceful sunset of the place.
As we mentioned earlier this place is of great religious and historic significance to the Hindus and hence it includes a lot of temples and religious locations waiting for you to discover them. Some of the places that you can see here are given as follows.
Murudeshwar is a city that is full of places to see, some of these extraordinary places that shall remain in your memory forever include,
Murudeshwar Temple and Raja Gopura:
It is a temple dedicated to 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 entire temple and temple complex, including the 249 feet tall Raja Gopura, which is considered the tallest gopura in the world, was constructed to its present form by inessman and philanthropist Mr. R N Shetty.
Statue of Lord Shiva:
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 sunlight 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.As we mentioned earlier, Murudeshwar is the house to the second largest Shiva temple in the world.
Food in Murudeshwar
If you are a foodaholic then this place serves its purpose to you perfectly. Apart from the prasadam that you get from the Temples, the place itself hosts several restaurants which serve it special delicacies. One can indulge in local delicacies of the area such as Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Akki Roti, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, RagiMudde, Uppittu, Vangi Bath and traditional and local sweets like Mysore Pak, Obbattu, Dharwad Peda, Chiroti etc.
Shopping in Murudeshwar
If you are going to Murudeshwar then the first things that you should by is a small sized statue of Lord Shiva to remember the large statue by. Apart from that, there are several items of Carnatic customs that you can buy throughout the town which includes several kinds of traditional sarees and gift articles to make your home a beautiful place to live in.
Sleeper/sitting non-AC, as well as 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.
If you do not like crowded buses some private companies also take you on a personal ride to Murudeshwar via taxis and cabs.
Murudeshwara station lies on the Konkan Railway. Some trains from Mumbai and Mangalore stop here. There is one direct train from Bangalore which will take you to Murudeshwar.Nearest Airport to Murudeshwar,Nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport, 165 km away,Murudeshwar Distance from nearby Places Murudeshwar is at a distance of :-
162 km Murudeshwar from Mangalore,
188 km Murudeshwar from Shimoga,
113 km Murudeshwar from Karwar.