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The place has an ancient but modernised temple of Lord Shiva, which has great importance historically and mythologically. This temple is located on a rocky ledge known as Kanduka hill that has outstretched into the sea and is surrounded on three sides by sea waters. Modern attractions include a 123 feet tall Shiva statue in a seated position and a 20-story tower. The view from atop this tower gives a bird’s eye view of the area and the sea. For tourists more inclined towards divinity and astha, get ready to be embraced by Murdeshwara whole heartedly. The Shiva statue, tall gopura, sun chariot, statues of Arjuna and Krishna, with Krishna reciting Geetopadesha, and the depiction of Ganesha fooling Ravana, among others, keep you enthused throughout your stay at Murudeshwar. The best innovation on this hill is the air conditioned circular walk through the amphitheatre depicting the story of Atma Linga. A saunter away from the hill full of mythology inspirations would take you to the other end of the hill with the sea waters splashing on the rocky bottom.
Nearby Places to See
A deserted island, Netrani can be found about 20 kilometres from Murudeshwara. The island, which goes by the name “Pigeon Island,” is the only place in the Indian state of Karnataka where scuba diving is permitted. Scuba diving and snorkelling are best experienced in waters with a visibility of at least 65 feet. The island is home to a temple dedicated to Bhagawan Hanuman, and every February, fishermen from all over coastal Karnataka flock there to pay their respects.
This town, which was once a major port for the kingdom of Vijayanagara, is now a relic of its former glory. Evidence of the city’s past prosperity includes twelve temples built in the 15th and 16th centuries. These temples are unlike any others in appearance. This town on the water has a lighthouse.
A major Jain centre, this village is located about 12 kilometres from Bhatkal. The basadis and their accompanying inscriptions from the 14th and 15th centuries provide a vivid picture of the village’s glorious past. Here you can visit three different ancient basadis. The statues of all the Tirthankaras are gathered in one place at the Chauvvis Tirthankara Basadi.
Things to Buy
Things to buy include Religious Photos & Souvenirs, Rudraksha Malas , Handicrafts.
Foods to Relish
South Indian Vegetarian Meals, Vegetable Fritters.