Shiva statue at Murudeshwara

Murudeshwar is a small pilgrimage town on the coast in the Karnataka state of India.


"Murudeshwara" is another name of the Hindu god Shiva. Famous for the world's tallest Shiva statue, this beach town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is also famous for the Murudeshwara Temple.

Get in

By bus

Now sleeper/sitting non AC buses are available from Bangalore. They take just over 12 hours to reach and costs vary from 600-750 depending on the operator and the seating chosen.

By train

Murudeshwara station lies on the Konkan Railway. Some trains from Mumbai and Mangalore stop here. There are no direct trains from Bangalore. However there is a train (on Mon, Wed and Fri) at 07:30 hrs from Yeshwantpur, which is in the outskirts of Bangalore, to Bhatkal. Alternatively, one can alight at Bhatkal station.

By air

Nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport, 165 km away. Hubli and Panaji airports are other alternatives.

Get around



Diving: For those who want to dive in clear waters, there are organized trips to   Netrani Island (also known as Pigeon Island). Netrani Island is about 10 nautical miles off shore from Murudeshwara. Diving shops in Goa can help you in getting you there.


There are several souvenir shops and bag shops all around the beach.


Good restaurants and roadside stall are scattered all around the beach.


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