Murudeshwar – much more than just a religious site
Posted on January 29, 2017 by ghoomophirosisters
Situated right in the heart of Karnataka, Murudeshwar is one of the best towns in the country with a reflection of ancient Indian heritage. The temple is also popular for its second tallest statue of Shiva in the world. According to Indian mythology, Lord Shiva was also recognized as Murudeshwar and, thus, the town got its name. The temple has been established on the coast of the Arabian Sea.
Here is ghoomophiro list of activities you can enjoy while at this spiritual hub.
Murudeshwar Beach Activities
The beach at this holy place is frequented by tourists from around the globe. People traveling to Karnataka in South India make it a point to pay the visit to the famous temple without missing the opportunity. Although there is no provision for water sports on the beach, tourists can indulge in swimming and other fun activities on the beach. This beach is also of the world’s second tallest statue of Shiva. One can enjoy tattoos all over their body and also indulge in water sports. Water sports are one of the reasons for attracting huge crowds at this seaside town.
Water Diving in Netrani Island
Murudeshwar is also known for a range of options for tourists who want to explore the town with a different perspective. One such exemplary option is Scuba Diving in Netrani Island. Netrani Island has been declared one of the best places for scuba diving in India. People from different corners of India throng the town every year to experience the fun.
The Lord Shiva Statue Park
The Lord Shiva statue is the main highlight of this park, which is surrounded by greenery and various flowering plants. There are a variety of stone sculptures that enhance the beauty of this place. You can pay a visit to this park and relax for some time while beholding the beauty of the statue, sculptures, and just everything around. An artificial fall is another major attraction of the park.
Jama Masjid in Murudeshwar
After a Jama Masjid in New Delhi, the other one lies in the heart of Murudeshwar at Bhatkal town. Jama Masjid in Murudeshwar is renowned for its old Indian heritage. It is a three-storey mosque with a basement. People from around the world pay the visit to this city to see this place. Taking a light stroll around Jama Masjid premises helps you unwind and fill you with the undiscovered spirituality sprinkled around the area.
Visit Murudeshwar Fort
One of the major attractions in Murudeshwar is a fort right behind the Murudeshwar temple. According to Indian mythology, the fort was built in the era of Vijayanagara kings. The fort was later renovated by none other than Sultan of Mysore—Tipu Sultan.
If you are in Murudeshwar, you must pay a visit to Murudeshwar Fort without which your trip is incomplete.
Go Shopping on the Temple Road
There are several shops on the temple road in Murudeshwar. You can buy loads of religious stuff to take back home as souvenirs of this holy place in South India.
Idols, Jewelry, and wall hangings for homes are best choices for souvenirs. You can also buy the pictures of Lord Shiva.
How to reach Murudeshwar
The place is well connected by both road and rail to the rest of Karnataka and the country. The nearest airport is at Mangalore Airport about 153 km away to the south. Murudeshwar railway station is just 2 kms away from the town and most trains halt at the Murudeshwara station. One can also board a bus to Murudeshwar which is available from Bangalore.
From South-Indian to North-Indian and Chinese cuisines, the restaurants in this place are a huge hit among travelers. One must try the local delicacies of the area such as Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Akki Roti, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, Ragi Mudde, Uppittu.
Some of the best hotels to stay are Mavalli Beach Heritage Home, an absolutely amazing place to stay. Another good option to stay is RNS Guest Home which offers a superb sea view. The Wild Woods Spa and Resort is an excellent weekend getaway amidst nature.