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Murudeshwar Beach

16 km from Bhatkal, Murudeshwara is a sacred spot for Hindus with Murudeshwara Temple as its highlight. The picture-perfect beauty of the place appeals as much to the casual tourists as to the devotees who come tom pay homage to the deity. It is said that the elaborately carved temple atop the small hillock of Kanduka Giri with fine sculptures to boast of enshrines a piece of the Pranalinga of Mahabaleshwara that was thrown by Ravana, the mighty demon-king and devout worshipper of Lord Shiva. The scenery surrounding the place consists of splashing playful sea waves in the west, lush green hills that provides a wonderful backdrop to the temple in the east and swaying coconut and areca trees that makes it an ideal picnic spot. Some of the old-fashioned rituals that one would like to witness here are Bhuta (spirit) worship, Kambala (buffalo race) and Korikatta (cock fight).