Description: Murudeshwara temple, Murudeshwara, Bhatkal, North Karnataka, India. It is located 130 km from Karwar & 145 km from Mangalore, in the middle of Western Ghats, near the Arabian Sea. The most attractive Bhatkal Beach is also a beautiful holy place of Murudeshwar & there is a gorgeous temple on top of small hill by the shore. With the beautiful sea which flow towards the west & rising above the hills to the east.There are a lot of coconut grooves neary by. The hill top temple which attracts more worshipper & tourists also. The sea playes the main part of the temple near Murudeshwar. A huge towering statue of Lord Shiva, visible from great distances, is present in the temple complex. It is the second tallest statue of Lord Shiva in the world. The small hill which is called as Kanduka Giri which is surrounded by the sea all the three sides. You can also find a very huge fort behind the temple, which has known to be renovated by the great ruler of Mysore, Tipu sultan. Vijayanagar Empire considered Bhatkal as its main port during the 16th century. The Jain Chadranatha Basadi and Vijayanagar temple of 17th century are the 2 small temples which are very interesting & there are animal carvings seen here.