Murudeshwara temple lies in the holy beach town of Bhatkal Taluk in uttara Kannada district. The world’s largest shiva statue lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea. The temple lies between Honnavar and Bhatkal town. The temple is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea and is built on the kankudka hill. A 20-storied Gopura is being constructed on the temple, the 250 feet tall Raja Gopura, is considered to be the tallest gopura in the world. The entire temple and temple complex was constructed to its present form by businessman and philanthropist Mr R N Shetty. Bhatkal beach is most beautiful beach near to Murudeshwar. Here you can enjoy water sports and swimming. The beach is an ideal place for swimming and can take a long walk or trek along beach line. The Best time to Visit Murudeshwara temple is from November to February.
How to reach:
From Bangalore take the NH-206 to reach Honnavar and then take NH-17 to reach Murudeshwara. From Mumbai and Mangalore one has to take the National Highway NH-17 between the towns of Honnavar and Bhatkal. By road,Murudeshwara temple is 455 kms from bangalore and 165 kms from mangalore. The Nearest Railway Station is Murudeshwara station which lies on the Konkan Railway. Some trains from Mumbai and Mangalore stop here.If you are coming from Bangalore you have to take train to Bhatkal station.Mangalore International Airport, 165 km away is the nearest airport.Hubli and Panaji airports are other alternatives.