Sri Kshetra ShringeriDirection
Sri Sharada Peetha Sri Kshetra Shringeri
It is a famous pilgrim centre situated on the banks of the river Tunga. It is about 100 kms. from Chikmagalur. The Sri Sharada Peetha here is supposed to have been established by Adi Shankaracharya the proponent of Advaita Philosophy. Vidyashankara Temple built here is a combination of Chola, Dravida, Nagara, and Chalukya styles and stands on a plat form of 3ft. Sri Sharadamba Temple is another major temple worth visiting. Accommodation for overnight stay and free food is offered to the devotees though out the year by Peetha. The sacred fishes in the river are an attraction to both young and old.
The name Sringeri is derived from Rishyashringa-giri, a nearby hill that is believed to have contained the heritage of Rishi Vibhandaka and his son Rishyashringa. Rishyashringa appears in an episode in the Bala-Kanda of the Ramayana where a story, narrated by Vasishtha, relates how he brought rains to the drought-stricken kingdom of Romapada
How to Reach:
Chikkamagaluru does not have an airport and the nearest airport is Bangalore from where one can take flights to other major destinations in India and abroad.
Chikkamagaluru is connected by rail to Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli, Shimoga
The drive from Chikkamagaluru to Sringeri by road will take close to 2 hours 3 minutes and it will cost you around Rs. 430 on petrol/diesel, if you decide to take the trip from Chikmagalur to Sringeri by road driving your own car. That is a decent cruise time for a Chikmagalur to Sringeri drive.
Sringeri is a small village but the number of accommodation options available is really astounding. The town has guest houses run by the temple administration. Visit Sringeri Mutt web site for details. There are many private lodges also.