SRINGERI TOURISM | TOURIST PLACES TO VISIT & TEMPLES IN SRINGERI
Heritage | Pilgrimage
#15 of 33 Places to visit in Karnataka
Ideal Trip Duration: Full Day
Nearest City to Sringeri: Mangalore (104 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Sringeri: October to March
Peak Season: October to January
At a distance of 79 km from Udupi, 88 km from Chikmagalur, 99 km from Shimoga, 104 km from Mangalore, 256 km from Mysore, and 318 km from Bangalore, Sringeri is a renowned pilgrimage center located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. It is one of the important pilgrimage centers in South India, and also one of the most famous tourist places to visit in Karnataka.
Sringeri is well known for Sharada Peetham, among the must visit places as part of the Sringeri Tour Packages. Sringeri Sharada Peetham is the first and foremost of the 4 Peethams established by the renowned 8th-century saint Sri Adi Shankaracharya. Sringeri is situated at an altitude of 2789 ft on the banks of River Tunga bounded by the Western Ghats. The name Sringeri is derived from Rishyashringa-Giri, a nearby hill that is named after Sage Rishyashringa. Tipu Sultan provided financial aid to Sringeri for the reconstruction of temples.
According to the legend, once Adi Shankaracharya was wandering on the banks of the Tunga River at Sringeri, he saw a cobra spreading its hood to protect a pregnant frog from the hot sun. Struck by the kindness of the cobra towards its natural enemy, the Shankaracharya felt that Sringeri was truly unique then he built Sharada Peetham here. Sringeri Sharada Peetham maintains several Vedic schools and temples across India. Adi Guru Sankaracharya constructed four Peethams in four directions of India. They are Sringeri Mutt in South, Jyotir Mutt near Badrinath in North, Govardhana Mutt near Puri in East and Kalika Mutt in Dwaraka in West.
Sringeri is also famous for the wonderful Vidyashankara Temple built in the 14th century, one of the noteworthy sites to witness the Vijayanagar style of architecture. This temple is famous for its 12 pillars which are said to coincide with the zodiac signs. Besides, the Sringeri temple is built as per astronomical concepts. Chennakeshava Temple, Sharadamba Temple, and Sri Parswanath Jain Tirthankara Temple are the other prominent places to visit in Sringeri. Adi Shankara Temple, Kere Anjaneya temple, Malayala Brahma Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Torana Ganapati Temple, Kigga, Sirimane Falls, Agumbe, Kudremukh are other attractions here.
Sharada Navaratri is the major festival, which is celebrated with great zeal and show. During the festival, a large number of pilgrims visit Sringeri. Sringeri can be visited along with Chikmagalur Tour Packages.
Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport, which is 101 km from Sringeri. Udupi Railway Station is the nearest railway station, which is about 79 km from Sringeri. Sringeri is well-connected by bus with Bangalore, Chikmagalur, Mangalore, Shimoga, and Udupi.
The best time to visit Sringeri is from September to March while the peak season is from October to February. Usually, it takes a full day to visit places in Sringeri.
Temple Timings: 6 AM - 2 PM & 5 PM - 9 PM