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"The Abode of Sharadamba"

Sringeri Tourism

Commonly known as Sri Kshetra Shringeri, Sringeri is a famed hill town nestled in the Chikkamagaluru District of Karnataka. It is a pilgrimage centre, mainly known for the Sharada Peetham which was built by the great Adi Shankara around the 9th century. According to experts, Adi Shankaracharya stayed here for 12 years and preached his disciples. Packed with numerous temples and ancient relics, Sringeri is a hub for Vedic learning and attract students from different parts of India.

With a historical significance dating back to the 8th century, Sringeri rests on the banks of River Tunga. The town dazzles during the festival of Navaratri and rituals are performed in the presence of countless devotees. Although Sringeri is a pilgrimage site, it also boasts of natural wonders that look fresh and verdant between October and March. Hence, this town is a hotspot for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.

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Historic significance of Sringeri

According to popular folk tales, Adi Shankaracharya is said to have selected Sringeri to settle and preach. This is because when he was walking by the Tunga river, he saw a cobra with a raised hood, providing shelter from the hot sun to a frog about to spawn. Impressed with the place where natural enemies had gone beyond their instincts, he stayed here for twelve years.


The name 'Sringeri' is derived from the name 'Rishyashringa griri', a small hill nearby that is said to have contained the heritage of Rishyashringa and his father Rishi Vibhandaka. As per an episode in the Bala-Kanda Ramayana, Guru Vashishtha had narrated as to how Rishyashringa had brought rains to the drought-stricken kingdom of Romapada.


As per legends, Adi Shankara was once walking by the Tunga river, when he saw a cobra with a raised hood who was providing shelter to a frog from the hot sun, who was about to spawn. Impressed by this place, where natural enemies had gone beyond their instincts to help each other, he decided to stay here and teach his disciples. Adi Shankara ended up staying in Sringeri for twelve years.

Four Guardian Temples

Adi Shankara had created four guardian temples on all four sides of the Sringeri village-
  • Kala Bhairava temple in the East- dedicated to Lord Kala Bhairava, a fiercer form of Lord Shiva- representing the march of time.
  • Kere Anjaneya temple in the West-dedicated to Sri Anjaneya, carved on a rock inside a cave.
  • Kalikamba temple in the North - dedicated to Devi Kalikamba, a beautiful form of the Goddess.
  • Durgamba temple in the South- dedicated to Devi Durgamba, also known as 'Vana (forest) Durga', owing to its remote location in the woods.

Restaurants and Local Food in Sringeri

The options for food in this temple town aren't elaborate though you should be able to find a handful of eating places serving local and popular foods. You can also travel to nearby cities for a more flattering range of options. However, what almost stands out in the town's platter is its famous traditional sweet called Sringeri Halwa that you must try, while here. Other than this you may find local delicacies like Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Akki Roti, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, Ragi Mudde, Uppittu, Vangi Bath and traditional and local sweets like Mysore pak, Chiroti etc .
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive, check-in and rest. Then visit Adhishakthyathmaka Sri Annapoorneshwari Temple, Annapoorneshwari Temple, Sirimane Falls and Adi Shankara Temples.
Day 2- Visit Vidyashankara Temple, Koodlu Teertha Falls, Agumbe Ghat and Jogigunde Falls.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Great pilgrimage site. Picturesque waterfalls.

What's Not So Great?

Difficult to access. Summers can be harsh.

For Whom?

Sringeri is a great place for pilgrims and those living in and around Tamil Nadu.

How To Reach Sringeri

Sringeri does not have its own airport or railway station, the nearest airport being at Mangalore and railway station at Udupi. Sringeri is at a distance of 110 km from Mangalore, 95 km from Shimoga, 85 km from Chikmagalur and 80 km from Udupi. Buses are available from Bangalore, Mangalore and Udupi.

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Beautiful location. Nice view. Chikmagaluru, green area from chikmagaluru to Sringeri. 90 Rupees ticket. Free food at 12:15PM and at 7:15PM
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