The Beautiful Sirsi is home for many Elephants, Tigers, Leopards, and many other animals. Sirsi is a hill station surrounded by pretty thick green forest with a touch of many waterfalls here and there. It is a must visit place if you want to experience the calmness of nature with a tune of waterfalls. Pack your bags and head your way to Sirsi (Also, called as Kalyanapattana amid the Sonda Dynasty.)
Adike/areca nut is the essential yield developed in the towns that encompass the city, making it one of the real exchanging communities for areca nut. The nuts developed there are transported all across India, and furthermore traded abroad. The fundamental organizations around the city are for the most part subsistence and horticulture based.
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Travel Guide: Bangalore to Sirsi-406kms, Weather in winter: – 10°C to 22°C.
Sonda – The Land Of Many Mutts
Sonda is a temple town and the site of the Vadiraja Mutt. It is located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, near the more famous temple town of Sirsi. Sonda is located at a high altitude of 2000m above sea level and it was an important city during the reign of the Swadi Kings from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Sri Vadiraja established a Mutt here to spread the Dvaita philosophy of Sri Madhvacharya.
Shree Marikamba temple
One of the most popular temples in the Sirsi town, Marikamba is famous for the ‘Marikamba Jaathre’ that is held every alternate year commemorating the goddess Marikamba. Thousands of devotees join in the celebrations making it one of the biggest festivals in the region. The temple is highly regarded by the devotees spread not just all over Karnataka but also in the neighboring states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
This is a place situated in Sirsi city. Musukina Bavi means “Well” and is constructed during the reign of Sonda Kings. At that time, this place was used for bathing of Queens. Now a day’s city municipal has created a small park and fountain for attracting the tourists.
Sahasralinga is a pilgrim place located at a distance of 17 km from Sirsi. There are thousands of the stones with Shiva Linga carved on them by the sides. Because of these uncountable carvings, the place gets the name “Sahasra Linga” (thousand lingas). History says all these shiva lingas were built by Sadashivaraya king of Sirsi (1678-1718). When the water level is not high enough you can actually see all those carvings. Best time would be winter and early summer.
Banavasi was one of the capitals of Kadamba Kings who established the first Kannada Empire. It is the same place where Pampa, the famous poet of Kannada wrote his epic poems. The great Kannada poet Pampa was so much enamored of this place that he exclaimed that he wished to be born as a petty cuckoo or bee in the land of Banavasi! It was also the ancient place of learning where scholars from other states used to come and settle down here.
Devimane is a ghat which comes on the way Karwar to Sirsi. It is located at a sharp curve on the hilly roads of Western Ghats. The surrounding is filled with thick green forest on the lofty hills. During early morning or in winter season this place will be filled with mist. Typically all tourists take a stop at Devimane. The view from here is excellent. Just beside the road, there is a small Devi temple. This is one of the best spots for photographers.
Unchalli falls is created by a 116 meters drop in the Aghanashini river located in the Siddapur taluk. The river here takes a deep plunge to create this spectacular, picturesque falls. This fall is also known as Keppa Joga because of the deafening sound it makes. There are viewpoints constructed to view but the dense surrounding makes it difficult to get a complete view of the falls. Rainbows and mist are a common occurrence because of the height from which the river takes a leap and lands with a deafening roar sending up water droplets that eventually shower back again.
Benne Hole Falls
Benne Hole falls is among one of the beautiful waterfalls in Uttara Karnataka. In Kannada, ‘benne’ means butter and ‘hole’ means big stream. The name of the falls indicates a lot about its beauty. It is a big stream which flows with all force and looks as white as butter.
Manjuguni is one of the well-known pilgrim center located in the Uttara Kannada. It is located at a distance of 26 km from Sirsi. The temple here is dedicated to Lord Venkataramana and Goddess Padmavathi. The place is called as Tirupati of Karnataka. The temple is located in Sahyadri hills. During winter, this place will be covered by thick fog and hence this place called by the name “Manjuguni”.
Devarhole is part of the Shalmala river which originates near Sirsi. The spot is amidst lush green forests of Sahyadri and there are carvings of lingas, Durga, Vishnu, Anjaneya and other deities along the banks of the river. Thousands of pilgrims and devotees visit Devarhole on the occasion of Shivaratri.
Kailasa Gudda is a beautiful picnic place which is about 7 km from Sirsi. This is a big hill which is covering from the green forest. Here you can see the Microwave tower & a view tower. From that view tower, you can watch the beautiful scenery of the forest and the surrounding hills. You can also watch the view of Sirsi Town. This place is best for trekking.
Shivaganga falls is located at a distance of 45 km from Sirsi. The fall is surrounded by thick forest. Shivaganga is one of the unique waterfalls in the Western Ghats on the border of three taluks Sirsi, Yellapur and Ankola of Uttara Kannada district. The small River falls from 74 m high into a deep valley covered with evergreen flora and presents a charming view.
The thick green forest, foggy weather, Misty Waterfalls and the calmness of nature are what makes Sirsi, a beautiful city. This is the best time to visit all these places. So, don’t miss out to head to all these attractions when you visit are. Happy Exploring!! Cheers!!
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