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Murudeshwar Beach

The picture-perfect beauty of the place appeals as much to the casual tourists as to the devotees who come tom pay homage to the deity. This Beach is 16 km from Bhatkal, Murudeshwara is a sacred spot for Hindus with Murudeshwara Temple as its highlight.  
It is said that the elaborately carved temple atop the small hillock of Kanduka Giri with fine sculptures to boast of enshrines a piece of the Pranalinga of Mahabaleshwara that was thrown by Ravana, the mighty demon-king and devout worshipper of Lord Shiva. Some of the old-fashioned rituals that one would like to witness here are Bhuta (spirit) worship, Kambala (buffalo race) and Korikatta

The Murudeshwar temple is situated atop a small hill called Kanduka Giri is a major tourist attraction. The temple is ornamented with Chalukya and Kadamba sculptures in the Dravidian style and is believed to be located on the spot where Ravana flung the cloth covering the Atmatlinga at Gosrakana while lifting it. 
A huge 15 m. statue of Shiva towers over the town and has an overwhelming presence. The statue, which is only a couple of years old, is in a complex which encompasses the 500-year-old Shiva temple. The huge fort located nearby the temple is believed to be renovated by Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore.

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The centuries-old temple has two life-size concrete elephants guarding its steps. While one treks to the temple there is another smaller shrine of Jattiga seated on a horse on the way. Besides this attractive temple, blue seas and dancing trees, this beach also offers the native delicacies of coastal Karnataka including the delicious coconut sweets, spicy fish curries, a number of rice preparations, juicy fruits such as mangoes, jackfruit, cashew nuts and bananas. In case, you decide to elongate your visit to the beach a bit, you may stay in the temple cottages too. 

Major Attractions of Murudeshwar Beach

 Murdeshwar Temple: Murdeshwar Temple, South India this picturesque place is situated 16 kms from Bhatkal has a gorgeous temple perched on a hillock by the shore. Murudeshwar is around 180 km from Mangalore on the National Highway.

Two life-size elephants in concrete stand guard at the steps leading to the temple. The Murudeshwar temple has a history that dates back to a few centuries. 

Fort: There is also a huge fort behind the temple said to have been renovated by Tipu sultan, the ruler of Mysore.

 How to Reach Murudeshwar Beach? 

By Road: From Bangalore 455 km, from Mangalore 165kms.

By Railway Station:
Murudeshwara station lies on the Konkan Railway. Some trains from Mumbai and Mangalore stop here.
By Airport:
Mangalore International Airport, 165 km away. Hubli and Panaji airports are other alternatives.

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