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FACT FILE FOR MURUDESHWAR
State
Karnataka
District
Uttar Kannada
Altitude
Sea level
Temperature
Summer 40 (max) & 22 (min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 32 (max) & 10 (min) Degrees Celsius
Best Time to Visit
November - February
Getting There
By Air: The nearest airport is at Manglore, 165 km. The airport at Goa is 220 km away.

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 by road.

Major Tourist Attractions
Murudeshwar Beach, Murudeshwar Shiva Temple, Murudeshwar Fort, Bhatkal...
   
About Murudeshwara

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.

 
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