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Weekend Getaways from Bangalore: Murudeshwar

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Weekend Getaways from Bangalore - Murudeshwar
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Murudeshwar Quick Facts
  • A beach resort, 500 km from Bangalore
  • Recommended for families
  • Nearest City – Bhatkal, 16 km away
  • Best time to go – November to February

Located in the Uttara Kannda district of Karnataka is Murudeshwar, a relatively unknown beach resort known for its Murudeshwar Shiva Temple and sunny beach. Situated between Honnavar and Bhatkal, one kilometer off the National Highway and bounded by the shimmering sea and rolling hills, Murudeshwar is a slowly emerging as a favorite weekend getaway destination.

The temple is located on a small hill called Kanduka Giri, which is surrounded by the sea on three sides. Not too far and easy to sight is the huge 15 meter statue of Shiva that towers over the town and has an overwhelming presence. With the roaring sea to the west, the towering hills to the east and the coconut and areca groves nearby, the Murudeshwar Temple attracts a lot of devotees.

Places to see in Murudeshwar
Murudeshwar Shiva Temple

A quite and serene place, there is nothing much to do at Murudeshwar except spend some time amidst the swaying coconut and areca trees of the Murudeshwar beach and indulging in activities like strolling, sun-bathing and swimming in its sapphire colored waters.

Located near the beach is the 1500-year-old Shiva Temple situated atop the Kanduka Giri Hill. The temple representing a fusion of Chalukya and Kadamba temple architecture houses a Shivalingam, which is believed to have erupted when Ravana flung the cloth covering the Atmalinga at Gokarna while lifting it. The temple is guarded by two concrete life-size elephants standing at the steps leading to the temple. Trek downhill and one comes across a shrine of Jattiga seated on a horse. Go behind the temple and there is a huge Murudeshwar Fort said to have belonged to the tiger of Mysore Tipu Sultan.

Places near Murudeshwar
Temple at Bhatkal

Bhatkal, 16 km away is the nearest place where one can drive to view some interesting temples of the Jains and of the Vijayanagara period. Besides the temple, this sea side town also has a small port, a lighthouse, a mosque and a beautiful Kadavinakatta dam built across Venkatapur River

Places to Stay at Murudeshwar

There are a good number of hotels in Murudeshwar, which provide fine accommodation to tourists. Murudeshwar hotels range from mid price hotels to beach resorts and budget hotels. Check hotels in Murudeshwar

How to reach Murudeshwar

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.

Best Time to Go: November - February

About Murudeshwar: Murudeshwar Information & Fact File
Altitude Sea level
Summer 40 (max) & 22 (min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 32 (max) & 10 (min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go November - February
Monsoon June – September
Summer March to May
Winter December - February
Clothes Cotton in summer & light woolen in winter
Nearest Airport Mangalore, 180 km
Nearest Railway Station Murudeshwar
Bus Station Murudeshwar
Hospital & Doctor

Govt. Hospital at Bhatkal, 16 km is well equipped with basic medical facilities

Places to see Murudeshwar Beach,  Murudeshwar Shiva Temple, Murudeshwar Fort, Bhatkal...
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