The sea is an intrinsic part of the temple scape at Murudeshwar. The sea on three sides surrounds the temple towering on the small hill called Kanduka Giri on three sides. Two life-size elephants in concrete stand guard at the steps leading to the temple. As one ascends the hillock, there is a shrine of Jattiga seated on a horse. There is a huge fort behind the temple, said to have been renovated by King Tippu sultan of Mysore. Evening visit to see sunset at sun set point is real fulfilling experience. View of small boats and fishermen coming back to their houses from quite distances and different sides in the sea make every body feel the mesmerizing evening.
The main attraction of Murudeshwar is Shiva temple, this sacred place presents some beautiful carvings and statues, which has a history that dates back to a few centuries (Threthayuga). The temple which embodies a Shiva Linga is believed to have erupted when Ravana (Demon King of Lanka) flung the cloth covering the Atmalinga at Gokarna while lifting it. Lord Shiva, following a complicated sequence of events, declared that Murudeshwara should be one of his five holy places.
About the Temple :
Bounded by the shimmering sea and rolling hills, the place is a favourite picnic spot. WIth the roaring sea to the west, the towering hills to the east and the coconut and areca groves nearby, the temple attracts a lot of devotees and tourists as well. The sea is an intrinsic part of the temple scape at Murudeshwar. The sea surrounds the temple towering on the small hill called Kanduka Giri on three sides.
Bhatkal - 16 kms
Idagunji - 20 kms
Gokarna - 65 kms
Karwar - 120 kms
Kollur - 63 kms
Jog Falls - 90 kms
Manjuguni - 90 kms
Udupi - 100 kms
How to reach Murudeshwar:
Road: (1 km off National Highway) From Mangalore: Udupi - Kundapur - Byndoor - Bhatkal - Murudeshwar
From Karwar: Kumata - Honnavar - Murudeshwar
Rail: The Konkan Railways and other express trains plying on the Mangalore - Goa - Mumbai route makes a stop at Murudeshwar. Nearest Rail-head: Hubli
Nearest Airport: Mangalore and Goa