Murudeshwar is a small town in the Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in the state of KarnatakaIndia. Murudeshwar derives its name from the other name of the Hindu god Shiva. The town is famous for the world's second-tallest Shiva statue. The town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is also well-known for the Murudeshwar Temple.

Travel Tips

Tourists are advised to visit the town during the winter months just before the onset of the monsoons.



19C – 32C

When to visit

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • July
  • Aug
  • Sept
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
sprinkles Pleasant
  • 33° Max
  • 28° Min
  • 0.0 mm
Things to do

Murudeshwar Temple and Raja Gopura: This temple was constructed on Kanduka Hill which is surrounded by Arabian Sea. It is dedicated to the memory of Shiva with a 20-storied gopura constructed at the temple. There are two life-size elephants in concrete which stand guard at the steps leading to it. The entire temple complex, including the 237.5-feet-tall Raja Gopura, is among the tallest structures in India.The main deity is Sri Mridesa Linga, also referred to as Murudeswara.

Statue of Lord Shiva: A large statue of Lord Shiva is present in the temple complex. It is the second highest statue of Lord Shiva in the world. The statue is around 123 feet (37 m) in height and it took close to two years to build. The idol was designed in order to get the sunlight directly and thus it sparkles.

Getting Around

Auto rickshaws and cars are available near the beach. Tourists can also go walking to certain pockets of the town.

Places to Stay

How to Reach

  • The nearest airport located to the town is the Mangalore International Airport, located 153 km away.
  • Murudeshwara station lies on the Konkan Railway. A few trains from Mumbai and Mangalore stop here. A direct train from Bangalore arrives here.
  • There are AC/Non-AC buses available from Bangalore. They take close to 12 hours to reach the town.

Surrounding Attractions

Bhatkal Temples: About 15 km southeast of the town, Bhatkal is well-known for its temples belonging to the Vijayanagara and Jain period.


Netrani Island: About 20 km from the town, it is a famous picnic spot that can be reached by hiring a fishing trawler.


Malpe: Located around 104 km south of the town, it is a famous fishing harbour on the Karnataka coast and known for its pristine beach.


Gokarna: About 76 km north of the town, it is renowned for its temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and pristine beaches.


Yana Hills: About 65 km north of the town, it is known for two huge rock formations.

Emergency No.

Police station: 9480254955 / 08385-268896