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Murudeshwar Beach

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Are you going to plan a weekend in Murudeshwar?

Just imagine walking along the beach surrounded by lush green foliage at sunrise or sunset!

Murudeshwar is a charming small town known as a pilgrimage and beach destination which is located in the Bhatkal Taluk district of Uttara Kannada.

The town of Murudeshwar was earlier known as ‘Mrideshwara’.

Murudeshwar Beach, located between Honnavar and Bhatkal, 1 km from the national road, is the picturesque holy site of Murudeshwar.

Murudeshwar is a popular picnic spot, with exquisite blue sea waters and majestic mountains.

With the roaring sea to the west, the towering hills to the east, and the nearby coconut and arecas trees, the temple attracts many devotees and tourists as well.

You can walk to Murudeshwar Beach to enjoy a beautiful sunset view, water sports, bird watching, and beach photography.

Surrounded by rolling hills and lush green foliage, this spot offers the perfect art of nature on shimmering golden sand alongside groves of coconut trees.

However, the best time to visit this place is early in the morning, people who love night walks can also get a perfect view of the rays of the sun to take a look at the beach.

The other beautiful aspect of the place is that this is the perfect place for bird watchers, where you can find various birds like flying seagulls and kingfisher birds.

With bustling activity, you can enjoy boat rides around the magnificent Murudeshwar Temple.

A temple located in Murudeshwar, the second tallest Shiva statue dedicated to Lord Shiva is Murudeshwar’s main attraction.

A Shaneswara temple that was built alongside the Shiva idol is one of the best places to visit in Murudeshwar.

Another place to visit in Murudeshwar is the Ganapati Temple in Idagunji, where many pilgrims flock from every corner of India to try the Vinayaka Chathurthi festival. Idagunji can be reached by bus from Honavar or Manki.

There is also a beautiful Murudeshwar Fort that was built during the Vijayanagara period. The interesting fact is that the Murdeshwar fort was built by the ruler Tipu Sultan.

Besides sightseeing, you can also enjoy boat tours, diving, and snorkeling in Murudeshwar.

If you are a nature enthusiast, you can experience the opportunity to go hiking on Kanduka Hill.

People also flock here to enjoy local beach delicacies including hot and spicy fish curries, different rice dishes, coconut sweets, and native fruits like mangoes, cashews, and bananas.

You can’t get away from the glitzy food at this place. The stalls and hotels near Murudeshwar Beach offer many delicious meals with appetizing aromas.

Best Time to visit Murudeshwar –

The best time to visit Murudeshwar is from October to May due to the excellent weather conditions.

The weather in these months is more conducive to visiting the city, the trip to the temple, and the beaches as well.

You can enjoy boating, parasailing, beach photography, and other activities during these months.

Maha Shivaratri, which falls in February or March, is celebrated here in a big way.

It is advisable to avoid the monsoon season from June to September as the weather will be a bit harsh with heavy rains.

Murudeshwar Fort, Murudeshwar Beach, and Netrani Island are the other places prominent Murudeshwar Tourist Places. Sirsi, Karwar, Gokarna, Kollur, Udupi, Mangalore, Dharmasthala, and Subramanya are the nearby attractions here.

Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport which is 160 km away from Murudeshwar. Murudeshwar Railway Station lies on the Konkan Railway. It has trains from Mangalore, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Karwar, and Mumbai. Murudeshwar is well connected by bus from Bangalore, Mangalore, Karwar, Shimoga, Hubli, Pune, and Mumbai.

Maha Shivaratri during February is an important festival celebrated here with much devotion and religious rituals.

How to reach –

People who wish to travel by air can arrive at Mangalore Bajpe International Airport, which is the closest airport to Murudeshwar.

The closest railway head is located in Hubli, making it an excellent option for those traveling by train. Bhatkal station is also a very close stop to Murudeshwar.

By road, it is necessary to travel 16 km from Murudeshwar to Bhatkal. Auto-rickshaws and taxis are also available locally for transportation within the city.


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