Sringeri is a well-known town in Karnataka for its temple Dakshinamnaya Sringeri Sharada Peetam. The temple is also known as Sringeri Sharada Peetham. It is one of the four Hindu Advaita maths established by Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankaracharya. Sringeri is situated on the banks of the River Tunga. Set amidst picturesque surroundings, you will feel like being in seventh heaven in Sringeri. So, let us see the 10 most mesmerizing places near Sringeri that would take away your breath.
1. Sri Rishya Shrungeshwara Temple, Kigga
Kigga is a small village located at a distance of 9 km from Sringeri in Chikmagalur district. The main attraction of Kigga is Sri Rishya Shrungeshwara temple. It is the temple of Rain god. This village is famous for its landscapes and the trekking route that leads to the peak of Narasimha Parvatha. One of the major attractions of this village is an ancient temple devoted to Saint Rishyasrunga, who is mentioned in the Ramayana. The Ashram of Rishi Vasishtha and Sirimane Falls are the other attractions of this village. Trekking, hiking, rock climbing, and camping are some of the activities that can be enjoyed here.
2. Sirimane Falls
Sirimane Falls is located at a distance of 5 km from Kigga near Sringeri, a popular pilgrim center. Kigga, a small village which houses the beautiful waterfalls. It is about 16 km from Sringeri. Water from falls feeds coffee estates and paddy fields in the downstream.
With a height of about 40 feet, this waterfall is located in serene surroundings with dense forest all around. It is possible to get right to the bottom of the falls and enjoy the force. The falls are wide and can accommodate more crowds at the bottom. This is a good place to visit throughout the year. It is also a very safe place to swim & play in the water.
3. Kyatanmaki Hills
Kyatanamakki hill station is located near Horanadu of Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. It is an awesome place to spend time with nature and is one of the best places to watch the sunset. If you like off-road then its paradise for you providing a super magnificent 360-degree view on reaching the hilltop. Embrace nature at its best in the serene, less crowded hills of Kyatanamakki.
4. Kodachadri Hills
Nestled deep in the Western Ghats in the district of Shimoga and holding its place as the tenth highest peak in the State, Kodachadri is home to lush green jungle trails through dense tropical forests, picturesque waterfalls, and mesmerizing landscapes. Located in the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, it also forms the perfect backdrop to the Moola Mookambika Temple, believed to be the place of origin of Goddess Mookambika. Catching a glimpse of the evening sun set into the Arabian Sea from its peak offers an enchanting experience. A combination of mountain and ocean, that very few peaks in the Country can boast of.
5. Hanumangundi Falls
At a distance of 26 Kms from Sringeri & 15 Kms from Kudremukh, Hanuman Gundi 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 a serene location. There are about 300 well-laid steps to reach the falls after a little walk from the main road. It is a very safe place to take a 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.
6. Kudremukh National Park
Located in the midst of mountains, Kudremukh National Park is popular for its scenic beauty. Designated the status of a national park in the year 1987, the 600-kilometer square area is one of the most well preserved national parks in the state. The Kudremukh National Park is jeweled with natural beauty, high rising peaks studded with a plethora of flora and fauna to picturesque trekking routes overseeing verdant grasslands, there is much to experience here! The wildlife protected area is the second largest belonging to a tropical wet evergreen forest in the zone of the Western Ghats.
7. Agumbe Sunset Point
Located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, this biodiversity-rich region highest rainfall in south India and the second highest annual rainfall in India. Visiting here is an enriching experience as this hill station and picturesque beauty coupled with trekking trails and gushing rainfalls. Tourists from all over flock to this mesmerizing place to experience tranquillity. Agumbe provides great options for trekking beckoning the adventure enthusiasts to visit this offbeat destination hidden in the lap of nature.
8. Kavaledurga Fort
It is a hidden beauty in the Western Ghats. The place is best known for its fort which was built in the 9th century. Located in Shivamogga district, you just can’t afford to miss the serene environs of this fort. The fort has seven water bodies and access to water all year long. The village of Kavaledurga is around 16 km from the town of Thirthahalli.
9. Kundadri Hills
Kundadari is a place for trekkers, situated about 12 km from Thirthahalli. A paradise for trekking lovers, it offers a good trail with a Kundadri Hill which is huge single rock formation and many protrusions. With a Jain pilgrim located its center, one has to follow a rough paved path strewn up to the hill. The huge monolith that lies 3,200 feet above sea level is less crowded and undisturbed by tourists. Extensive vegetation adorns the slopes of the hill. It is an ideal place for trekking and Kundari trek is indeed a fascinating experience.
10. Kudlu Falls
Kudlu Falls is famous for its picturesque beauty. The waterfall cascades down the Western Ghats from a height of 150 feet in the midst of a dense green cover of the hilly terrain. It requires a moderate level of trekking through the green zone to reach the enchanting waterfall. Most importantly the attraction is, therefore, a favorite amongst trekkers and nature lovers.