Murudeshwara, the second largest Shiva statue in the world, is a seaside town of Bhatkaltaluk of Uttara Karnataka. Famous for the Murudeshwara temple, the city also attracts tourists for its beautiful beaches and monuments. Some of these attractions are:
On Kanduka Hill, which is surrounded by the Arabian Sea, the Murudeshwara Temple could not be more beautiful. Murudeshwara is another name for Lord Shiva. The temple has a Raja Gopura of 20 floors. An elevator will take you to a spectacular view of 123-foot Shiva idol from the top of Gopura. Devotees can also worship the RameshwaraLinga next to the idol. The two life-size elephants standing on the side of the steps leading to the temple are another beautiful sight.
Murudeshwara Beach is one of the most picturesque beaches with the Western Ghats on one side and the blue waters of the Arabian Sea on the other. There are plantations of coconut trees and areca nearby that add to the beauty. You can spend hours on the beach and end your day with the Arabian Sea.
The area around the Shiva statue is preserved as a park. The green lawn around the statue is adorned with many flowering plants and stone carvings. Waterfalls and an artificial waterfall, washing rocky rocks, make time in the park a pleasant experience.
It is one of the oldest mosques in Bhatkal and is about 15 kilometers from Murudeshwara. It is an extended structure of three floors with a basic extension. The ancient Persian inscriptions on the walls speak of the deeply rooted history and spirituality of ancient times.
Originally built by the Vijayanaga kings, Fort Murudeshwara was renovated by Tipu Sultan. It is located behind the temple complex and is a wonderful place to look at the vast green spaces.
About 19 kilometers from Murudeshwara is the small island of Netrani. Also called Pigeon Island, is very popular and has a dive site. The rich underwater world of the Arabian Sea can be observed from this point. Professional advice and high safety standards have made diving a spectacular experience.