We arrived at the Murudeshwar Siva Temple in the afternoon. Our original plan was to push off after a day but after seeing the beach and the hotel, we decided to stay an extra day! We were delighted to see that adjoining the temple was the RNS hotel with balconies overlooking the sea. The temple, built on the Bay faces the sea and a majestic, gigantic idol of Siva, with all His embellishments rose above everything in that vicinity. Well designed and awe inspiring, the idol dominated the scene. That evening, as we were walking on the beach we looked up and saw the crescent moon in the sky perfectly aligned with Siva's Crescent moon on his head! If only we had those cameras with special lenses!
The hotel itself, the newer Annexe, has large, non-airconditioned rooms with clean bathrooms. The rooms are cleaned everyday and the floors, thankfully are not covered with carpets! An attached balcony overlooks the beautiful bay and we watched late swimmers trying to challenge the waves. We saw speedboats and skydivers sweeping past, much to the delight of the onlookers. We joined the crowds the next morning and walked into the sea, pushed back by strong waves rushing at us with great vigour.
The hotel has no telephones, and no room service. You have to carry your own bags up the hill, but cars are allowed near the rooms to offload luggage. Both South Indian and North Indian dishes available in the restaurant opposite the building. Inexpensive and tasty, we had no problem. The bigger hotel next door has air-conditioning. There is an Ayurvedic centre where massages and basic medicines are available. The centre is run by a knowledgeable young couple with 15 years of experience.
This place is not only for the religious and the spiritual but to those who want a respite away from the bustling cities.
Sea Facing! The higher the better for better views.
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