One of the most picturesque and memorable experience would be to reach Murudeshwar from Mangalore or Goa by Konkan Railway and alight at Murudeshwar railway station adjoining the National Highway.
Located in Bhatkal taluk in the state of Karnataka, Murudeshwar is a beach town on the western coast of India. A perfect blend of scenic beauty and spirituality, it is known for the second tallest statue of Lord Shiva in the world.
Lore of legend has it that a mighty demon king, Ravana, brought the Atma Lingam also known as the Mahabaleshwar Lingam from Mount Kailash to Murudeshwar. But, the Elephant Lord Ganesh tricked him and planted it at Gokarna. In fits of his legendary anger Ravan tried to uproot the lingam, breaking it into scattered pieces. The covering of the lingam fell at Kanduka Giri and the Murudeshwar temple was built at the site.
For exhilarating views of Murudeshar you can head up the skyscaper-like Shri Murudeshwar Temple via its lift for fantastic coastal panoramas. The Murudeshwar beach stretches north of the temple for a few kilometres. It has silvery sand and the Western Ghats form a scenic backdrop to the beach.