Very few places combine adventure and religious sentiments together. Murudeshwar is one such destination, located in the Uttara Karnataka district of the Karnataka state. Offering a nature’s paradise with refreshing greenery and enticing sea by the side of a historically and religiously significant temple of Lord Shiva- Murudeshwar Temple, Murudeshwar tour is something that every travel lovers must embark upon.
Travel lover ourselves, we offer a wide variety of Murudeshwar tour packages from various cities. However, if you have shortage of time or looking for a weekend tour, then our 1 Day Murudeshwar Local Sightseeing Tour is the ideal tour package for you. With this package, we present our customers with the best of this magical town in a comfortable and affordable manner with utmost ease.
Caressed by Arabian Sea from three sides, Murudeshwar is the home of the world’s second largest statue of Lord Shiva. Along with this, there are a plenty of sightseeing places near Murudeshwar.
There are plenty of accomodation options in Murudeshwar ranging from luxurious stay to budget stay in Murudeshwar. Hence, if interested tourists can even extend their one 1 Day Murudeshwar Local Sightseeing Tour to an overnight stay or longer.
Below are the sightseeing places to see in Murudeshwar and around the town.
1. Murudeshwar Temple and Lord Shiva Statue
The most attractive aspect of Murudeshwar is the massive statue of Lord Shiva, also known as statue of Sri Sarvacharya or Sri Anantha Drishti. Located 2 km away from the Murudeshwar railway station, it stands gloriously at a height of 123 feet. The statue becomes even more magnificent when direct sun rays fall on it.
It has been built next to the Murudeshwar Temple, which is another popular place to visit in the town. Surrounded by Arabian sea, this temple with a 20 storied gopuram is dedicated to Lord Shiva. From the top of the Raja gopura, which can be reached via a lift, devotees can have a view of the majestic Lord Shiva statue as well.
Behind the Murudeshwar temple complex, Murudeshwar Fort is located. It was built during the Vijayanagara dynasty and was later renovated by Tipu Sultan.
2. Murudeshwar Beach
Another popular place to visit in Murudeshwar is the Murudeshwar beach. Located beside the Murudeshwar temple, which is on the Kanduka Giri hill, this beach can be visited on your temple visit. It is around 2 km away from the railway station and can be reached by auto rickshaws which are readily available.
Murudeshwar Beach, nestled between hills, sea and coconut groves, is a popular picnic spot for locals and tourists alike. Although there are no water sports available, visitors can go for trek or long walks around the beach. The view of sunset from here is worth watching.
3. Statue Park
Another interesting place to see in Murudeshwar is the Statue Park. This park presents an amazing range of life size sculptures along the side of a pond and varied flowering plants. The most prominent statue of the Park is that of Lord Shiva where he is receiving Goddess River Ganga into his hair.
There are statues depicting the story from Shiva Purana, a religious Hindu scripture as well as from Mahabharata. Statues of Lord Krishna and Arjuna on a chariot and of Ravana giving the atma-linga to Lord Ganesha in the guise of shepherd boy are a few more interesting sculptures in the park. Entry to statue park is free and it is open throughout the day.
4. Idagunji Ganapathi Temple
Another temple that must be visited on a Murudeshwar tour is the Ganapati Temple which is located in Idagunji town. It is situated at a distance of around 17 km from Murudeshwar and can be reached within 15 minutes of time.
Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, this temple has an idol of Lord Ganesha in a rare standing position. The town of Idagunji is religiously quite significant as it has been mentioned in Skanda Purana as well. As per the legends, Lord Ganesha has stayed in this town.
Idagunji Ganapathi Temple timings are from 6 AM to 1 PM. The temple opens again at 3 PM till 8.30 PM.
Also known as Batecala, Bhatkal is a historical port town which is located on NH17, around 13 km away from Murudeshwar. A ride of not more than 20 minutes from Murudeshwar will take you to this beautiful town with mesmerising beach and many ancient temples and monuments.
Bhatkal has seen reigns of Cholas Dynasty, Vijayanagara Kings, Saluva (Jain) rulers as well as Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, eventually of the British empire. The reminiscence of these varying dynasties can be seen in this town.
The Solesvara Temple built by the Cholas is one the example of ancient monuments in this town. Along with Kethapayya Narayan temple, Bhatkal beach, with vast spread of shimmering sand and blue ocean water is a must visit too.
6. Apsara Konda Waterfalls
At a distance of 20 km from Murudeshwar, Apsara Konda Falls is undeniably an important part of every Murudeshwar tour package. With water cascading from a height of 10 km, this waterfall does create a scenery that will leave you spellbound.
The water falls into a pond which can be reached via steps, making it easier for tourists to reach the fall and have an enjoyable time. Visitors can be seen playing and swimming in the pond water, where water drips down through the roots of peepal tree.
Apsara Konda Hill, which is only a few minutes walk away from the falls, offers an alluring view of sunset which musn’t be missed if you are a true nature admirer.
7. Netrani Island
An ideal place for nature seekers, Netrani Island is an important part of every Murudeshwar tour. A small island in Arabian sea, Netrani Island is approximately 20 km away from Murudeshwar and can be reached by boat from Bhatkal (25 km) and Honnavar.
Famous of its scenic beauty, it is also a paradise for adventure lovers. Activities such as snorkeling and diving are quite popular at this island, which is also known with the name of Netragudo and Pigeon Island.
Although this uninhabited island is not suitable for tourists to step down and spend leisure time, its rich underwater world attracts hordes of tourists every year. Along with 89 varieties of corals one can also see parrot fish, eels, trigger fish, shrimps, etc. EVen white sharks have been spotted here by the divers.
8. Baindur or Byndoor
Located between Murudeshwar and Udupi, on NH 17, Baindur is another place that you can visit on 1 day Murudeshwar local sightseeing tour. The distance between Murudeshwar and Baindur is around 30 km and can be reached easily.
This small town of Baindur/Byndoor is home to some of the ancient temples and a serene beach. One of the popular tourist attractions in Baindur is Sri Seneshwara Temple, which is around 300 years old. Built in Hoysala style of architecture, it has been recently renovated as well.
Other ancient temples to visit in Baindur are Sri Mahakali Temple, Sri Someshwara Temple and Sri Sita Ramachandra Temple. Tourists can also go for boating at the beach and try various water sports which are offered by Sai Vishram Beach Resort.
9. Kudumari / Chaktikal Waterfalls
Located in the forests near Chaktikal village, Kundumari waterfalls is another awe-striking waterfalls that deserves to be visited at least once on your Murudeshwar tour. Also known as Chaktikal Waterfalls, it is situated around 45 km away from Murudeshwar. Falling from an impressive height of 300 feet, this waterfall can be reached through a trek of 3 km through forest from Chaktikal. The trek takes around 2 hours of time owing to its uneven and risky path.
10. Koosalli Waterfalls
Another waterfall located near to Murudeshwar is Koosalli waterfalls. It is situated at a distance of around 45 kms. Cascading from a height of 380 feet this waterfall can be reached through a trek of approximately 5 km from Koosalli village. The trek is through dense forest and requires rock climbing as well, making it an ideal place to visit if you are looking for some adventure.
As there is no transportation or food stalls available near the waterfalls, tourists need to carry their own light snacks and water as well as arrange for return journey in advance.
11. Maravanthe Beach
Nestled between Arabian Sea and Souparnika River, Maravanthe is located 48 km away from Murudeshwar. On NH 17, towards Udupi, Maravanthe Beach is a peaceful, picturesque beach. A virgin beach, which still has its beauty intact and unaffected by tourists, Maravanthe Beach entices every visitor. The beach is suitable for swimming as well.
How to reach Murudeshwar
Reaching Murudeshwar is not a difficult task as it is connected to the rest of the country via railways and roadways. While for commuting within the city, tourists can either opt for locally run buses, taxis or auto rickshaws.
Although there is no direct flight here, one can go to the nearest airport to Murudeshwar which is Mangalore. The distance between Mangalore and Murudeshwar is around 150 km away, which has to be covered via roadways.
Travelling by road is one of the best ways to reach Murudeshwar. There are regular buses from Bangalore, Mysore, Udupi and many other nearby cities and towns. Tourists can also hire taxi and travel at their own pace. Another popular mode of travelling to Murudeshwar is via railways. Murudeshwar Junction is connected to many nearby cities with frequently running trains.