A long weekend calls for a short trip to places in the vicinity. Visiting some nearby places during the holidays have become a routine now. So on this particular day, we headed to Murdeshwar. We took an early morning train from Mangalore to Bhatkal and travled by road to get to Murdeshwar. And returned back the same night. Check out the photographs of the beautiful place below.
Murdeshwar, also known as Murudeshwara, popular for its beaches and pilgrim attractions. The Shiva temple is located on a hill surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides. This small and beautiful coastal town in Karnataka is famous for the world’s second-tallest Lord Shiva statue and Murudeshwar Temple that has a 20-storey high Gopura guarded by two life-size concrete elephants at the steps leading inside the temple. Besides, there are a few more large statues in the statue park which will draw your attention; one is of Arjuna and Krishna on the chariot.
Murdeshwara Beach is just like any other beach along the Konkan coast. It is surrounded by hills and a splendid blue sea. You can relax under the palm trees or swim in the vast sea. You can indulge in several water sports activities like parasailing, boating, scuba diving or snorkelling. Kethapayya Narayan Temple, Idagunji Maha Ganapathi Temple, Sultani Masjid and Fort of Tipu Sultan are places worth visiting in this small beautiful town.
How to get there?
It is situated 160-km from Mangalore and 200-km from Goa which are the closest airports. The town is connected with rail and roads to these major cities as well. Even though there is a railway station at Murdeshwar, not all trains halt there. So going via road will be more convenient.