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Murdeshwar is a town in Uttara Kannada region in southern India. The name "Murdeshwar" means Shiva or Eeshwara.

The Surya idol at Murdeshwar beach
Shiva statue at Murdeshwar
Murdeshwar Gopuram

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By Road[edit]

Murdeshwar being along the south western coast of India is connected to the National Highway 66, (NH-66) Drive down from Goa towards Mangalore, take the right turn after Konkan Railway station at Murdeshwar and drive down to the beach to visit the tallest Shiva Idol in the world and a towering Gopuram located on the beach.

By rail[edit]

Murdeshwar station lies on the Konkan Railway. Some trains from Mumbai and Mangalore stop here, plus the Sharavati Express, direct from Bangalore. Some other prominent trains that stop at Murdeshwar are the Nethravat Express and the Matsyagandha Express. Further details at the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited site.

By air[edit]

Nearest Airports is Mangalore and Goa

Get around[edit]


The famous Murdeshwar Temple in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka now possesses at 249-feet Raja Gopura. The Murdeshwar temple complex is renowned for the tallest idol of Lord Shiva in the world, which is 123 feet. The latest addition to the temple is the Rajagopuram, which was opened on April 12, 2008. And is it the tallest the tallest Hindu Temple Gopuram in the World. The Rajagopuram of Murdeshwar Temple has 21 floors, including the ground floor. The base measures 105 feet in length and 51 feet breadth. The gopura also possess a lift and visitors can go to the top and have an aerial view of the Arabian Sea and the statue of Lord Shiva. Another highlight is the life-size statues of two elephants at the base of the gopura.

This tourist place is also famous for making bricks by well known Murdeshwar Tiles factory

Murdeshwar Fort A fort present behind the temple is said to have been renovated by Tipu Sultan.


Beach pristine sands, swimming, water sports and boating. If you stroll down the beach there is some good handicraft shopping.



RNS Restaurant is near the temple.Good to Eat



R N S Guest House. 9448494958

The SP Kamat Group runs the Executive Inn at Honnavar nearby.


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The beach could get crowded during the holiday season, though it is relatively less frequented. You can get a great view of the Lord Shiva statue and the Gopuram from here.

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