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Places to Visit in Murudeshwara


Attractions in murudeshwara


The Lord Shiva temple is attached to the Murudeshwara beach in a very scenic location and is open to visitors thrice in a day, i.e. in the morning, afternoon and evening. This place is home to the second largest statue of Lord Shiva in the world which reaches a height of 123 feet, which is equal to around 20 stories high and there is an elevator service also which is available to help you get on top. The view from up here is magnificent and good for taking memorable photos to take back home. There are also several activities for kids outside the temple, to give your kids the best time of their lives.


The Murudeshwara Fort is situated just behind the Murudeshwara Temple and is also located in a very beautiful and scenic place. This Fort was the main fort of Tipu Sultan and it was renovated again by him later during his reign. Today it stands open to visitors and it is home to the relics and artifacts of the Tipu Sultan era. There are several statues within this fort which are very impressive and the courtyard has a beautiful garden where you can sit and relax and even take some photos to show your friends back at home.


This temple is situated on the Kanduka Hills which is surrounded by the waters of the Arabian Sea on three sides. This view from the temple is magnificent and worth the visit. This temple is fully dedicated and was built by businessman and philanthropist R.N Shetty. There is a Murudeshwar lingam at the bottom of the hill where pilgrims come every day and do seva. There are two concrete life size elephants situated at the entrance of the temple which stand as guards for this temple. This incredible temple stands at 237.5 feet tall and it has modern facilities like elevators inside. This is one place that you should not miss out on your trip to Murudeshwara.



This temple in Murudeshwara is famous all over for its style of architecture and beautifully carved sculptures which draws influence from Vijayanagara. In this temple you can witness the four pillared Navaranga which is a kind of a hall along with statues of Ashta Dikpalakas that stand as guards guarding all eight directions of the temple. The other attractions here are the various carvings on the walls of different figures from the Ramayana.



Statue Park is one of the main attractions in Murudeshwara. It is home to a huge 15 m high statue of Lord Shiva which can be seen from all over the town. This park also features beautifully designed street lamps, an artificial waterfall, which flows over rocks and the stone sculptures. The Statue Park also attracts tourists in large number for its small ponds filled with ducks. This place is a must visit to reconnect with the ancient cultural values and traditions.


This beach is located just next to the Murudeshwara temple and it witnesses thousands of tourists every day. From this beach you can catch a good glimpse of the Lord Shiva statue that stands over 20 stories tall. You have a wide range of activities on this beach from sunbathing, fishing to swimming. There are also boat rides which are available to give you the best time while you are at this beach.


This island is also known as the Pigeon Island and is located about 19kms from Murudeshwara. There are plenty of transport services that will take you there in an hour’s time. This place is used for target practices by the Indian navy. It is also famous for a vast number of Roman Catholic churches and ruins of various temples and mosques.


Bhatkal Beach is one of the main beaches in Murudeshwara. This place used to be the main port during the Vijayanagara Empire. It is famous for the various temples situated upon a hillock which is 5 minutes away from the beach. The beauty of this beach is that it is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides and is surrounded by the Western Ghats on one side which gives you quite a pleasant view.



Murudeshwara is home to the second largest statue of Lord Shiva in the world. This statue is part of the Murudeshwara Temple which is located at a beautiful place beside the beach. This statue stands 20 stories tall and has modern facilities like elevators for visitors to go right till the top if they wish to. The view from on top is magnificent as it gives you the view of the Arabian Sea on three sides and the mighty Western Ghats on one side. 


This Lighthouse is situated in Bhatkal which is a few kilometres away from Murudeshwara. This Lighthouse lies beside the ruins of a Fort which was constructed in 1891. This lighthouse was used in those days to warn the ships about the shore and of any tragic weather conditions. Today it stands open to visitors and you can climb right up and enjoy the view from on top which is breath taking.


Activities in murudeshwara

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There isn’t any place for live music here; however you can witness some locals churning out some folk music along the beaches accompanied with some dance. This is a very pleasant sight and you may join in with them if you wish to. 

Food in murudeshwara


This is a great restaurant to dine in at Murudeshwara. It is a multi-cuisine restaurant and the ambience of the place is praise worthy. The staff is well versed in Hindi and English to ensure that you have the best time. They serve local favourites as well as famous dishes from all around the world.



This place serves north Indian, south Indian and Chinese food. This is the best place to go if you want to get great food without burning a hole in your pocket. The staff is very good and well versed in Hindi and English to make you have the best dining experience.


This is a tangy and spicy soup that is made from pepper, cumin, coriander seeds, hing, tomatoes and tamarind and this best served with rice or with other main course dishes.


This is a salty masala cake which is made from channa dal powder. This is a very tasty snack and is usually eaten for breakfast by the locals. It is best served with sambhar and coconut chutney.

Night Life in murudeshwara


This is a very entertaining place for the youth and there is a dance floor here which is usually taken over by the DJ as he churns out some famous numbers. You can also have a few alcoholic drinks and dance the night away. There is some really funky light work in this place and the ambience of the place is really nice and friendly.


If you are looking to have a few drinks and have some tasty food, then this is the best place to visit. The Sealand Bar offers you a wide range of alcoholic drinks as well as some really tasty cuisine which draw influence from all over the world.


Shopping in murudeshwara


There are not much flea markets in Murudeshwara as it is a very holy and sanctified place. But however on Temple Road you can witness some local vendors selling handicraft items along with some traditional and therapeutic souvenirs like wall-hangings, pen-stand, jewellery box, baskets and idols of Ganapati.



As Murudeshwara is a town, there are no Departmental stores here but however you can travel to Mangalore which is the nearest city where you will find tons of departmental stores and supermarkets.


The Temple Road in Murudeshwara is famous for handicrafts as well as therapeutic souvenirs like wall-hangings, pen-stand, jewellery box, baskets and idols of Ganapati.


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