About Sringeri

Ideal Trip Duration: Full Day

Base Station: Sringeri

Nearest City to Sringeri: Mangalore (104 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Sringeri: September to March

Peak Season: October to February

State: Karnataka | District: Chikmagalur

Sringeri Weather: Maximum - 37°C
Minimum - 13°C

At a distance of 318 km from Bangalore, 104 km from Mangalore, 99 km from Shimoga, 88 km from Chikmagalur, 256 km from Mysore and 79 km from Udupi, Sringeri in Chikmagalur district is one of the important pilgrimage centers in South India. Sringeri is well known for Sharada Peetham, the first and foremost of the 4 Peethams established by the renowned 8th century saint Sri Adi Shankaracharya. It is also one of the most famous tourist places to visit in Karnataka, mainly as a pilgrimage destination.

Sringeri is situated at an altitude of 2789 ft on the banks of River Tunga bounded by Western Ghats. The name Sringeri is derived from Rishyashringa-giri, a nearby hill that is named after Sage Rishyashringa. Hyder Ali annexed Ikkeri to the kingdom of Mysore. 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 number of Vedic schools and temples across India. Adi Guru Sankaracharya constructed four Peethams on four directions of India. They are Sringeri Mutt in South, Jyotir Mutt near Badrinath (Uttaranchal) 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 14th century, one of the noteworthy sites to witness Vijayanagar style of architecture. This temple is famous for its 12 pillars which are said to coincide with the zodiac signs. In addition, the Sringeri temple is built as per astronomical concepts. Chennakeshava Temple, Sharadamba Temple and Sri Parswanath Jain Tirthankara Temple are the other highlights of the region. Adi Shankara Temple, Kere Ajnaneya 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 large number of pilgrims visit Sringeri.

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. Buses are available from Bangalore, Chikmagalur, Mangalore, Shimoga and Udupi to reach Sringeri.

The best time to visit Sringeri is from September to March while the peak season is from October to February. Usually it takes full day to visit places in Sringeri.

Temple Timings: 6 AM - 2 PM & 5 PM - 9 PM

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Internet Availability: Very Good
STD Code: 08265
Languages Spoken: Kannada, Konkani, Hindi and English
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How to Reach Sringeri

By Air

Nearest Airport: Mangalore - Mangalore Airport (101 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Shimoga Town Railway Station (99 Kms)
Udupi Railway Station (79 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Sringeri Bus Station (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Sringeri

Pilgrimage

#1 of 16 Places to Visit in Sringeri

At a distance of 1 Km from Sringeri Bus Stand, Sri Sharada Peetham is a famous place of worship and first of the 4 Peethams established by the renowned 8th century philosopher saint Sri Adi Shankara. This Peetham is dedicated to Goddess Sharadamba, the Goddess of learning and wisdom.

In the 14th century, Vidyaranya is said to have replaced the old sandalwood image of goddess with a stone and gold image. The temple structure itself continued to be made of wood till the early 20th century. After an unexpected fire that damaged the structure, the current structure was built in the traditional south Indian style of temple architecture.

Every year during Navarathri a grand festival is celebrated here. This festival commemorates the victory of the Goddess over evil. Goddess Sharada is worshipped in all her various forms during the festival. The silver Rathotsava of Sri Sharadadevi is celebrated on all Fridays.

Timings: 6 AM - 2 PM & 5 - 9.30 PM

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Heritage | Pilgrimage

#2 of 16 Places to Visit in Sringeri

At a distance of 1 Km from Sringeri Bus Stand, Sri Vidyashankara Temple is situated inside the Sharada Peetham Complex. This temple has a magnificent architecture.

It was built in the memory of Guru Vidyashankara with the aid of the Vijayanagar rulers in 14th century. The temple houses ruby images of Venugopala and Srinivasa and a Nandi made out of a large pearl. Several inscriptions in the temple describe contributions made by the Vijayanagar rulers.

The Vidyashankara temple is a unique monument built combining Hoysala and Dravidian architectural styles. Built with golden-colored stone, the temple sits on a low platform in the middle of the large paved area. The mandapam is remarkable for its 12 zodiac pillars, known as Rasikambhas. The pillars are placed so that the early morning sun falls on a different one during each solar month. Each pillar bears a design of an animal. The exterior of the temple is richly ornamented with .....

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Waterfall

#3 of 16 Places to Visit in Sringeri

At a distance of 15 Kms from Sringeri & 5 Kms from Kigga, Sirimane Falls (also known as Kigga Falls) is a popular waterfalls located in the deep forest of Western Ghats.

With a height of about 40 feet, this waterfall is located in serene surroundings with dense forest all around. There is a motorable road available to reach the falls and vehicles can be hired from Kigga (there are several autos as well plying between Kigga and Sirimane). A little walk is required from the parking place to reach the falls through well laid steps.

It is possible to get right to the bottom of the falls and enjoy the force (however, this may not be possible when the water force is heavy during monsoons). The falls are wide and can accommodate more crowds at the bottom. This is a good place to visit throughout the year. This is very safe place to swim & play in the water.

There is a dress changing room for women. Timings - 9 AM to 6 PM .....

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Pilgrimage

#4 of 16 Places to Visit in Sringeri

At a distance of 1 Km from Sringeri Bus Stand, Sri Mallikarjuna Temple (also called as Mahanikareshwara Temple) is situated on top of the Mallappa Hill.

The large black-stone Shiva Linga worshipped in this temple is believed to be swayambhu (self manifested). The Linga stands over the site of sage Vibhandaka's disappearance from the mortal world and called Malahanikareswara. Bhavani Devi temple located in the same compound is believed to be built by Sri Sachidananda Swamiji. Sri Abhinava Nrisimha Bharati (1600-1623) drew a figure of Lord Ganesha with a piece of turmeric on a pillar. This image is called Kambada Ganapati.

The temple can be reached through 150 well laid steps. Early mornings or late evenings are ideal to be at the top. The Rathotsava festival celebrated on the next day of Mahashivaratri is very famous. On Kartika Poornima day Deepothsavam is celebrated in a grand scale.

Timings: 6 AM - 2 PM & 5 - 9 PM

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#5 of 16 Places to Visit in Sringeri

At a distance of 1 Km from Sringeri Bus Stand, Janardana Temple is located to the left of Vidya Shankara Temple within the Sharada Peetham Complex.

Sri Jnanaghanacharya established this temple in 14th century during Vijayanagara period. Though the temple is small, the structure is attractive. Beautiful idols of Garuda and Anjaneya are seen on both sides of the temple. This shrine also houses an ancient Sudarshana Chakra.

- There are few other shrines housed in the complex:
- A shrine dedicated to Adi Shankaracharya
- A shrine dedicated to Sri Sureshwaracharya towards right side of Sarada temple
- A shrine dedicated to Sri Bala Subrahmanya near the bathing Ghat

Timings: 6 AM - 2 PM & 5 - 9 PM

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Pilgrimage

#6 of 16 Places to Visit in Sringeri

At a distance of 10 Kms from Sringeri, Kigga is a beautiful village situated on the banks of Nandini River, a tributary of Tunga. Kigga is famous for Rishya Shringeshwara temple.

Dedicated to Rishyasringa, the temple stands on the site where Rishyasringa was absorbed in the celestial light. Built during Vijayanagara period, the temple houses a linga of a unique shape, with three protuberances resembling horns. There is a belief that if the linga is properly worshipped, famine will be averted in the land to a distance of 12 yojanas all round. It is said that Sage Rishyasringa's advent removed the drought in this place. The Rathotsavam of the temple is conducted in Chaitra Masa (Mar/April).

Kigga is also the exit point for Narasimha Parvata trekking which starts from Agumbe. Sirimane Falls is about 5 Kms from Kigga situated on Narasimha Parvata trekking route.

Kigga is connected by bus & cabs with Sringeri.

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Pilgrimage

#7 of 16 Places to Visit in Sringeri

At a distance of 1 km from Horanadu Bus Stand, 42 km from Sringeri, 70 km from Chikmagalur & 29 km from Kudremukh, Horanadu Annapoorneswari Temple is a famous temple situated in the thick forests of the Western Ghats in Chikmagalur District of Karnataka.

Sri Annapoorneswari Temple is situated on the banks of River Bhadra and is also known as Sri Kshethra Horanadu. It is believed that this temple was established by Agasthya Maharishi. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Annapoorneswari, one of the incarnations of Goddess Durga. A new idol of the main deity was installed at the temple in 1973. The idol, made of gold, is beautifully made. The temple is now known as Adi Shaktyatmaka Sri Annapoorneswari Temple. The recently renovated sanctum of the temple is surrounded by Adi Sesha while the Padma Peetha is formed by Ashtagaja, Koorma and others.

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#8 of 16 Places to Visit in Sringeri

At a distance of 20 Kms from Sringeri, Hariharapura is a small village on the banks of River Thunga. It is famous for Sri Sharada Lakshmi Narasimha Peetam & Temple established by Adi Shankaracharya.

The temple here is dedicated to Lord Narasimha and it's believed to be over 1000 years old. There is also a shrine for Sri Sharadamba installed by Adi Shankaracharya. According to 14th Century inscriptions, this place was ruled by Vijayanagara King Harihara Maharaya, who had recognized this mutt and had also conferred titles to the then Swamiji and gifted lands to the mutt.

It is believed that Daksha performed yagna here. There is an ancient temple dedicated to Swayambhu Dakshahara Someshwara at Hariharapura.

Hariharapura is close to the main road towards Koppa and is connected by bus.

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Waterfall

#9 of 16 Places to Visit in Sringeri

At a distance of 26 Kms from Sringeri & 15 Kms from Kudremukh, Hanuman Gundi Falls (also known as Sutanabbe Falls) is a wonderful waterfall situated close to the main road between Sringeri & Kudremukh. Falling from a height of 100 feet, this is a majestic waterfall located in serene location.

There are about 300 well laid steps to reach the falls after little walk from the main road. It is a very safe place to take bath and it's possible to go directly under the falls. Post-monsoon is the best season to visit this falls. The falls is maintained by Forest Dept. and an entry fee is charged at the gate.

This place is relatively less crowded.

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

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Nature

#10 of 16 Places to Visit in Sringeri

At a distance of 30 Kms from Sringeri towards Kudremukh, Ganga Moola (also known as Tunga Moola) is the birth place of three rivers Tunga, Bhadra and Netravati. It is located in thick forests of Western Ghats in Chickmagalur District.

At an altitude of 1458 meters, this place is also known as Varaha Parvatha. This place is located within the boundaries of Kudremukh National Park. A small shrine for Goddess Bhagavathi along with Lord Varaha is built in a cave at the place where one of the rivers is originated.

River Tunga flows in a north passing the towns of Sringeri, Thirthahalli and Shimoga. After flowing for 147 kms, it joins the River Bhadra at Koodli near Shimoga to form Tungabhadra River. River Bhadra flows east passing the town of Bhadravathi and joins the Tunga at Koodli. River Netravathi flows west, passing through Dharmasthala and Mangalore and joins the Arabian Sea.

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