By Air: The nearest airport
is at Manglore, 165 km. The airport at Goa is 220
By Rail: Hubli is the well-known rail head from
Bhatkal. Konkan Railway trains plying on the Mangalore
Goa Mumbai route stop at Murudeshwar.
By Road: Bhatkal is 16 km by road from Murudeshwar.
Kollur 63km; Karwar 120km; Mangalore
165 km; Bangalore 465 km; Shimoga
195 km are major well connected cities
Major Tourist Attractions
Murudeshwar Beach, Murudeshwar
Shiva Temple, Murudeshwar Fort, Bhatkal...
Murudeshwar 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.