From architecture and culture to dramatic landscapes, Murudeshwar, a coastal town in Northern Karnataka, blesses its visitors with a wholesome experience. A trip here would treat you to many visual delights and much more.
The Journey to Murudeshwar
Murudeshwar is located in the northern part of Karnataka. You can book a cab service in Bangalore and enjoy an epic journey across the arid horizons of Karnataka and the majestic verdant heights of the state’s Western Ghats. Some of the stops here are worth spending some time, too. Besides beautiful river valley views accompanying your drive, old forts and palaces, and quaint hill towns are part of the experience and add a majestic feel.
An Untouched Seaside Getaway
The warm azure waters of the Arabian Sea provide an endless backdrop as you explore the town of Murudeshwar. The Murudeshwar beach is known for its silky sands and provides a great shore-side picnic experience. Sit back and unwind with a book or take a long walk along the sea. Murudeshwar beach is not as crowded a hub as some of the other beach towns in the region and this relative seclusion is what attracts the visitors who come here. You can step into the waters and play with the waves, while the two highlights of the town, the Shiva statue and the Murudeshwar temple, loom behind.
Netrani Island is one of the main off-shore attractions. You can indulge in scuba diving and snorkeling here which is, by the way, a great way to see the beautiful underwater terrain up close!
The terrain around the beach is mainly hilly. Another captivating sight on the coastline is the flock of fishing boats which throng and leave the shores daily. When exploring the settlements near the beach, make sure you dig into the local cuisine. Coconut-based desserts are very popular here. Of course, when you are near the sea, expect the freshest of seafood. Some of the other crops grown here in abundance include cashew nuts, jackfruits and mangoes.
One of the many structures that would take your breath away as you explore Murudeshwar would be the giant statue dedicated to Sri Anantadrishti, or Lord Shiva. This immaculately-sculpted statue looms over the town and is visible from the sea and the nearby surrounding areas. It is believed to be the second largest statue of Shiva in the world! The 123-foot tall statue is fast becoming the most popular attraction of Murudeshwar and also provides a sensational backdrop for photographers documenting the place.
The Murudeshwar temple features a 20-storey tall gopuram, or tower, a quintessential element in South Indian temple architecture. You can climb up to the top of the gopuram and enjoy arresting views of the statue and beyond. The hill-top temple complex of Murudeshwar is surrounded by ocean on three sides and other highlights here include two giant concrete elephants.
Flanked by sea and mountain, Murudeshwar is a destination that will leave you with unforgettable memories. You can find a reliable car on rent in Mangalore and discover the natural and cultural wealth of coastal Western India.