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Murudeshwara

This is a small pilgrimage town on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is mainly known for the two beautiful temples. Out of these, the Murudeshwara Temple is most famous with the second largest Shiva Statue in the whole world. The statue is on top of the temple and the temple is also dedicated to Murudeshwara, another name of Lord shiva. This statue credit goes to a veteran businessman and a philanthropist named R.N. Shetty. There is also the world's highest gopuram here which is 20 storey high. The whole temple is extremely modernized except the main sanctum which is made of stone and is dark.
We started early in the morning for Gokarna, Murdeshwar was our first stop. Murdeshwar is famous for the world’s second-tallest Shiva statue. The view from the temple is mesmerizing and very soothing. There are a lot of options to stay and eat here. One can have a one day halt here also if planning for a long trip. We had lunch by the sea at one of the restaurants in the temple premises, after which we started towards Gokarna. There is one hidden gem en route Gokarna, just 15 km before it - Mirjan Fort. This is a deserted fort in the middle of the forest. Time has covered it with green moss making it picturesque. The fort is not known to many and hence less crowded, so you can explore it in peace.After visiting the fort we headed to Gokarna, We stayed at Zostel which has many options ranging from Dorms to Cottages. It is situated at the top of a cliff with the sea on one side and the view is spectacular from the Zostel Cafe aka Mantra cafe. After taking a power nap and relieving the tiredness we headed for the Paradise beach to enjoy the sunset. Most of the beaches in Gokarna are rocky beaches and you will get to see various rock formations all over. After chasing the waves away at the beaches we headed back to Zostel and spent the rest of the evening at Mantra Cafe with groovy songs playing in the background. By late evening we could hear the roaring of the waves, star gazed sky, and a lot of crickets buzzing. Far away from the horns and sirens, it was nature talking to us.
Apurva Chaudhary
This is the story of enticing Lord SHIVA temple-the main attraction of Murudeshwar(Karnataka), surrounded three sides with the Arabian sea. This temple is built on Kanduka Hill with a scenic beautiful architecture. This temple has the world’s second-tallest lord shiva statue with a height of approx 123-feet(37.49 meters). There is a lift installed in the 20-story gopura, so anyone can go to the 20th floor and see the mesmerizing views from the top floor (Lift Charge 15rs/ person).
Pooja Khandelwal
A day trip to MurudeshwarMurudeshwar is a town lies on the coat of Arabian sea, famous for Murudeshwar temple and the world's second largest statue of ShivaThe town is very famous as a worship place amongst locals and tourists alike with a very crowded but a golden sand beach. We really enjoyed a day visit here, exploring the famous temples which itself takes around couple of hours to walk around.Its an hour drive from Nirvana beach, but definitely worth a visit
Midhun
Around 4-15 p.m I reached Murdeshwar railway station. It was a small station with very few trains stopping there. There were few auto rickshaws outside the station, which was on the side of NH 66. The auto charged 40 Rs to Murdeshwar beach which was around 2.5 km from station.
Sachin Mishra
MurudeshwarThe Gigantic Shiva The breath-taking effigy of Shiva in Murudeshwar is a popular one. This figure is said to be the second tallest Shiva statue in world after Kailashnath , Mahadev Statue in Nepal.