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.
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We had breakfast at Naveen Beach restaurant, which is right on the beach and provides good quality vegetarian food at reasonable rate.Had I not booked for Scuba-diving with West Coast Adventures, I would have easily overlooked this gem of an island. About 1.5 hours away from the Murudeshwar beach, this island is surreal in aqua-marine waters and has wonderful marine life.  One can snorkel for as long as the whole team is done with scuba-diving. The instructors at West Coast Adventures are cool and totally good for first timers and panicking people like me. We had a wonderful time exploring the marine life and it is an experience to remember.[Word of caution: People with motion sickness should take some medication as the island is a bit far and even scuba-diving can give motion sickness; so better be prepared.]Returned in the evening, collected our scuba-diving pictures and set off to catch our bus to Udupi, a 4 hours ride away.Adventure: Scuba-diving