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The Secrets of Murudeshwar

Like I said in the previous post, this one is for the adventurers, explorers, photographers and budget travellers.

For Scuba Diving experience

I can tell you that India offers the most economical scuba diving experience in the world. I have no research data or anything to support it. But if you are looking for a PADI certification or just a scuba experience, this place has got it and that too in a very economical way. For any PADI certification you need to stay in that place for at least a couple of days. So again I am saying After calculating the conversion rates, the stay, food, scuba equipment rentals etc etc, India offers the most economical scuba diving experience.

Pigeon Island
Pigeon Island

Netrani island aka Pigeon island in Arabian sea is a perfect place for scuba diving. This island is around 10 nautical miles or 19km from OR 1 hour boat ride from Murudeshwar. And it offers a wonderful snorkelling and diving experience.

The Plunge
The Plunge

You can get a PADI certified open water diver certification or anything above that from here.

Scuba Diving
Scuba Diving

The prerequisite is be able to swim and float for 10 minutes.

So the  secret is Murudeshwar offers one of the most economical Scuba diving experiences.

For Water Adventures

If you don’t want to spend so much for a diving, you have options for snorkelling. If you don’t want to go beneath the water level, you still have options of water rides; water bike ride, banana ride, speed boat ride and so on. If you don’t want to go in the water at all, the beach side offers plenty of space for any type of games and fun activities.

The seaside
The seaside
The beach side
The beach side

I hope the beach bums and budget travellers find this place interesting.

Note : The season starts after the monsoons. No water related tourist activities during monsoons. It includes scuba diving.  Police men might even charge you with a fine if you try to swim in the sea during rough weather. So November to February is a good time to visit the place.

For the budget travellers

If you want to visit this place on a shoe string budget and have fun and get most out of the trip, read on, maybe this might be of interest to you.

Travelling

Reaching there can be very cheap if you can find the right trains. Not all the express and superfast trains wont stop at Murudeshwar station. If you can find the passenger train from Madgaon( from Goa) or Mangalore, it will stop at Murudeshwar and this is the cheapest possible option. Else you need to take a train to Batkal and from there get a bus to Murudeshwar. You can find all the Indian railway related information from here INDIA RAIL INFO. (MRDW is the code for Murudeshwar station)

The Murudeshwar station is nearby to the temple and the beach. So if you don’t mind walking for a twenty minutes or a maximum of half an hour, depending on your speed. You can find a big arch once you come out of the station to the main road on your left side. Just follow the main road after the arch without any major turns, and it will lead you to the temple if you are walking all the way up. It can save a few bucks. Otherwise you will get auto rickshaws. They might charge according to their impulse, especially at night. I find this place peaceful even if you are walking alone at night. You might find some stray dogs though. So walking is an option entirely upto you to decide.

Accommodation

If you are walking, as you walk you can find many hotels on both sides of the road. People will come behind you to canvas you to their hotels. Price range varies from 300 to couple of thousands and more.

My room
My room

This is what you can get for a thousand rupees a night! This isn’t a cheap option, I know. But I wasn’t on a budget trip that time. But I have tried the cheapest of all options too!

Pitch a tent!

This can be a bit adventurous,as invading private property and all that fun things involved. 😉  I will tell you what I have done. We reached the place as late as possible, after midnight. On the way we met many hotel agents who wanted us to stay in their hotels. But we said we have already booked a hotel and kept on walking. At the end of the road, as you are nearing the temple, there is a small road going parallel to the beach. Our initial plan was to pitch a tent on the beach, but water was all over the place! So we could find a big ground like place and no one was around. So we decided to pitch the tent there. We also decided to wake up as early as possible, to avoid any problem from the local people. And there is a Sulabh centre, a public toilet very nearby. So the morning problems solved. So all together  the night’s stay and freshening up will cost you less than 100 bucks ( less than 2 USD ) if you are a little bit adventerous !!!

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Pitching our tent at night!

So now you know another secret! You can stay here for less than 2 dollars per night!!

Food

Eat from street side hotels. They make instantly and serve you hot. And it is cheap too. Quality is same as that from any big hotels around. They just don’t have any taxes involved, that’s the only difference I guess.

Eating, just in front of the temple
Eating, just in front of the temple

So stay and breakfast, less than 4 dollars or 200 rupees! If you have gone through the previous post, you must be aware that there is a free meals provided by the temple in the after noon. I am just saying.  So that’s all for the budget travellers.

For the explorers

If you can find a place to pitch a tent, you are already an explorer 😀 Well there isn’t much to explore in the beach.

For the explorers
For the explorers

When I looked around I saw this spot.  At the edge of this place, there is a spot that I thought would be perfect to watch the sunset. In fact it is a private property belongs to a resort. And there is no proper way to reach there other than from the resort. So found out some steep inclination and started exploring the place.  The exploration wasn’t worth the effort though.

But you can explore the nearby village. It has got some really old houses with crafted  wooden windows and doors. And you get to see the local people, how they live just meters away from the bustling tourist place and all the social imbalance.

For the photographers

Explore a little bit more through the beach in the evening. You can find a less crowded part. And it will look like this.

Yet another beautiful sunset.
Yet another beautiful sunset.

Explore further and farther.

Village sunset
Village sunset

Then you will reach to some part of the village.

Or else focus on the beautiful people.

People!
People!

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder!

Now lets go back to the beach

following the foot steps
following the foot steps

And lets wind up the exploration with some night photographs.

Murudeshwar at Night
Murudeshwar at Night

Hope you can have a very economical weekend trip to Murudeshwar, if you aren’t planning anything big here.

 

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41 thoughts on “The Secrets of Murudeshwar

  1. I have also not explored the places I mentioned I read about it while planing to go to Murudeshwar… I only visited that sea(:… beach is nice to sit and do nothing and just listen to the waves, and play with water, there is nothing more, but Penambur is famous for the water ride stuff… some kite festival and surfing activities popular there…anyway

  2. For 1000 bucks you got nice hotle, we got yatri Nivas which did not look so nice with carpet but it was very near that beach. Here I actually open the windows and slept listening to the beach waves. I did not know there is village to explore…one can caught bus and explore Kumta and Hannavar and stay at some budjet hotle… you should go to Mangalore the Penambur beach and other beaches something tells me that will be a nice beach place(:… I have heard Bhatkal has good briyani…do you know it had a history of communal tensions): … anyway our visit to Murudeshwar was not so budjet because first day missed train because we did not know that Kunoor Exp train is actually Karwar Exp and lost 600 bucks as I did not file for refund): but even then nice enough experience…

    1. Yea, even 1000 bucks was on a higher side. Even cheaper hotels were there. But I had to stay there for some reasons. This is also very near to sea. Well on another time I pitched a tent on the Murudeshwar beach side and stayed. Free of charge and enjoying the beauty of sea 😀 I still didn’t explore the places you have mentioned. I will do when I get a chance. Well I am not much into beaches. All beaches looks similar and I don’t find much excitement in going to a beach.
      I am sure it was a different kind of experience you had 😀

          1. Made my day! 🙂 Admittedly, sunset and moon shots are challenging (it’s mission impossible for me) for most us. Thank you in advance for sharing!

  3. This is really cool..budget scuba diving..exploring..camping..so much!

    Can you give roughly what was the cost for scuba diving. You mention that one requires scuba diving lessons prior to diving into..if so, what are the costs and time of such sessions.

    Secondly, I would like to know what you saw at the sea bed.. did you spot coral reefs, fishes any aquatic forms..

    Thanks for sharing..enjoyed it!

    1. It was around 20,000. It was a year ago. Everything together , food , accommodation, classes, transport and all miscellaneous expenses, it will not go more than 25k. And it will take at least 3 days for the initial classes, pool session and sea diving. Well I couldn’t complete the sea session, unfortunately! :'(

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