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Murdeshwar Karnataka

108km away from the largest city Sirsi of Uttar Kannada district and 13 km away from Bhatkal lies the holy city of Murdeshwar in Karnataka. Filled with temples and beaches, Murdeshwar is an ardent place for the devotee of Shiva. As you walk through the winding streets that lead you to the temple, you can experience the hustle and bustle of Murdeshwar market, packed with little shops with local hawkers trying to sell their goods. So, if you are planning a short trip of 2 days and wish to feel the spiritual essence of India, then Murdeshwar in Karnataka is the perfect destination for you.

Things to do in Murdeshwar

There are quite a lot of exciting things to explore in Murdeshwar. Temples, beaches, statues, a fort, a market etc will pack your 2 days trip with joy and satisfaction. Here is a list of a few things you can do and places you can visit in Murdeshwar.

  • Murdeshwar Temple: Murdeshwar is another name for Lord Shiva. This little town in the name of lord Shiva has the second-largest Shiva statue in the world. Therefore, tourists and devotees flock to this famous temple to pray and explore the art. If you visit Murdeshwar, remember to pay a visit to this fascinating temple of Lord Shiva.
  • Netrani Island: If you have never experienced scuba diving then Netrani Island in Murdeshwar can give you this experience at a very low cost. By spending only Rs 4000 to 5000 you can have a wonderful experience of life underwater. At the coral island of Netrani, you can have your scuba diving experience for half an hour and the place is open tovisitorsfrom 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.
  • Murdeshwar Beach: Close to the mighty statue of Lord Shiva in Murdeshwar temple lies the Murdeshwar beach. This place is a perfect picnic destination where you can enjoy the beauty of roaring seafoam splashing against the shore. The experience can be extra satisfying if you visit this place in the early morning when you can enjoy the sunrise with the coming and retreating of sea waves and amid the company of colourful kingfishers and seagulls.
  • Murdeshwar Fort: This gigantic historical architecture was constructed during the rule of Vijayanagara kings and was renovated by Tipu Sultan. If you visit Murdeshwar, you must not miss this ancient architectural piece of wonder.
  • Murdeshwar Market: Murdeshwar market is a place where you can enjoy shopping while experiencing the spirituality of the Indian culture. From jewellery boxes to bangles and beads to rudraksha necklaces this market has everything that hints towards the unique, ethnic and indigenous culture of India.

How to Reach

  • Murdeshwar has its own railway station which is preceded by Manki railway station and Chitrapur railway station. The railway which is also known as the Konkan railway covers a distance of 596km approximately.
  • Mangalore international airport is the nearest airport to Murdeshwar which is 153km away.
  • Murdeshwar is located at a very convenient place near National Highway 17 and therefore you can travel around Murdeshwar by bus as well. There are quite a lot of private and state-run buses that travel from Bangaluru, Kochi, and Mumbai to Murdeshwar.


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