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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Murudeshwara Temple, Beach, Lord Shiva statue

Murudeshwara is a temple town off NH 17 (now 66) near Bhatkala. More than the temple, the town is scenic due to rock, beaches, a giant Shiva statue and so on.  During the Aria drive, I wanted to cover Murudeshwara and drive further towards Karwar, but family members pulled me down and had to restrict the drive till Murudeshwara.

Main thing to see here is the temple. A giant statue of Lord Shiva is nice to see and take pictures. Clicked Aria in the backdrop of this statue and it appears as if Shiva is sitting on Aria.

Temple tower has some 18+ floors and by paying Rs 10 per person, tourists can take an elevator to 18th floor and enjoy the scenic beauty of Murudeshwara. Temple offers free lunch to divotees, while accepting generous contribution towards “Anna Dana”

The temple town of Murudeshwara appears to be dominated by R.N.Shetty- a business man turned politician. You’ll see RNS everywhere in Murudeshwara- RNS Motors, RNS College, RNS Hotel and so on. A hotel which extends into the sea is another attraction here.

Below: Sudarshana Chakra which Lord Shiva believed to have used to block the Sun so that Ravana would think it is evening... Refer Legend to know more

A beach next to the temple is full of boat operators. Depending on your pocket there are several types of boating you can undertake. For the adventurous ones, try Jetski at Rs 200 per round. I tried this for the first time in life and it was fun. The ride lasted for hardly 5 mins, but I could take control of the jetski and drive at full speed in the ocean. I couldn’t ride solo though and was accompanied by the jetski operator.

Other boating options include bigger boats at Rs 40 per seat or family boats (6 people) at Rs 400 per ride. On paying more, one can ride till an island nearby, spend some time and come back. This costs Rs 1200+.

Nettrani island, where scuba diving is facilitated, is located nearby. Read more about Scuba diving at nettrani here.

Murudeshwara is a great place to spend a day. Do visit when in coastal Karnataka. Unfortunately I was very low on battery and had to ration the picture taking process. Must visit again.

And a best image for the last, clicked by Divya
Murudeshwara has a history as to how the temple came into being. Do read about it here.

10 comments :

sush said...

thanks for sharing. Have visited this placed from childhood many times but not off late. nice post with details and pictures.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Sush

Team G Square said...

Nice place to visit .

Arti said...

Good to see the cleanliness around... Would love to visit someday. Thanks for sharing..

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks TGS and Arti...

Farila said...

My son did Diploma in Murudeshwar. Very close to Byndoor. Enjoyed reading this blog ..

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Farila

S.R.Ayyangar said...

Beautiful place.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks SRA Sir

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