Murudeshwara – the best beach temple there is
For those who are spiritually inclined, and want to take a vacation, Murudeshwara is one of the perfect locations. Not only does it have some of the best beaches in Karnataka, but also the most fascinating and beautiful temples existing in the state.
Situated around 165 km from Mangalore with the Arabian Sea peeking on the west and a calm river running by hills the east, the Murudeshwara beach temple is a sight for sore eyes. Lined with coconut and areca groves, and with the sea to the west and the hills to the east, one couldn’t ask for more calm and relaxing surroundings.
While some people frolic in the sun, others are busy worshiping at the temple. So, it’s the best of both worlds, both spiritual, as well as fun-filled. The beach is a beautiful place, ideal for a vacation.
Dedicated to the Lord Shiva, the Murudeshwara beach temple is situated atop a hill called Kanduka Giri. Beside the temple, an idol of the Lord Shiva has been erected, which stands at a whopping 123 feet, making it the tallest Shiva idol in the world! This idol can also be seen from the Arabian Sea, and adds a lot of presence to the temple. Another architectural marvel is the sight of two life-sized concrete elephants by the door of the temple.
Besides the temple and the beach, there are also a lot of other sights, such as a fort behind the temple that is said to have been renovated by Tipu Sultan, the emperor of Mysore in the latter part of the 18th century. And if that isn’t enough, the surrounding landscape is breathtaking, with plenty of greenery, hills and the clear sea.
The temple welcomes all throughout the year. One can travel by air to Goa or Mangalore and take the rest of the journey by road. The other option is to go by train, and the closest station is Hubli. There are plenty of place to stay, and for the religious, there’s always the temple cottages.