Just off what was popularly known as NH -17* (Edapally- Panvel Highway, now NH- 66), around 80 kilometres south of Gokarna is another temple town, known for its Shiva temple, a humongous statue of the god, an imposing temple tower and of course, its beach. Murudeshwar. It does sound familiar, doesn’t it?
I had heard about the place and that it was a religious site was what came to mind every time I came across a mention of it. What I didn’t know — at least not until I was doing my pre-trip homework –was that there were other temples around it and the temple complex was on a peninsular piece of land.
When we on the road trip along Karnataka’s Coast I wanted to visit Murudeshwar just to set my eyes on the 20-storey gopuram (temple tower) I had seen so many pictures of.
Now I have pictures of my own:
|The massive Raja Gopuram
Murudeshwar’s 20-storey temple tower.
|A side view of the gopuram.|
|Just so you know how enormous this temple tower really is
(or how tiny we human beings are, in comparision).
It goes up to a height of over 235 ft.
|A close up shot of the massive structure.
This gopuram owes its enormity to businessman RN Shetty who hails from this temple town.
I would have also liked to go up those 20 floors and take in the sweeping vistas of this peninsula, the sea that curls around it and all the seemingly-minuscule structures that complete the view. Alas! the doors of the temple were closed when we got there. But then again, there was plenty to see even otherwise.
Murudeshwar’s massive statue of Shiva.
This Shiva rises to a height of 123 ft.
[Read story of Murudeshwar here – The legend]
After looking around and seeing some of these man-made attractions of Murudeshwar, we moved on to see the natural surroundings of this temple complex, which is not without its charms.
|Even the crowd on the beach seemed to be massive.|
|There were people and boats and vehicles. Yeah, it is one of those beaches that allow 4 (or more) -wheelers on the beach.|
Later we drove up to the top of the hill (on which the Shiva statue stands) and saw the other side of this piece of land that juts out into the Arabian Sea. A long stretch of beach caught my attention and I was quite surprised to see that this one was pretty deserted.
Linking to the meme–
Other posts from the ‘Discover Karnataka’ Series
- Road tripping across Karnataka
- Oh My! Jog?
- Trying to spot a tiger at Bhadra
- Intriguing trees of the Bhadra wilderness
- Road tripping along the Karnataka Coast
- Karwar – A pleasing picture of Karnataka’s Northwest
- Gokarna – A temple town and beach town rolled into one
- Glimpses of Honnavar and Sharavathi (river)