If time allows, tourists are recommended a visit to Kigga Village that is located at a distance of 10 km from Sringeri. This village is known for its beautiful landscapes and the trekking route that directs towards Narasimha Parvatha peak. The ancient temple dedicated to Saint Rishyasringa is a major tourist attraction of Kigga.
The pilgrimage site found here had been constructed by using granite. Upon reaching this temple, tourists would get the chance to see a Shivalingam of around 4-5 ft height with a horn on the head.
Kigga acts as the ideal site for tourists interested in undertaking activities like rock climbing, hiking, trekking and camping. Tourists can also visit the Ashram of Rishi Vasishtha and Sirimane Falls that are located in this village.
Travellers must visit Sringeri Mutt as it is one of the prime attractions of Sringeri. This Hindu Advaita Math, otherwise known as the Dakshinamnaya Sringeri Sharada Peetham and the Sringeri Sharada Peetham, was established by Adi Shankaracharya.
The main sanctum of Sringeri Mutt is standing on an elevated circular star-shaped platform. Located on the bank of Tunga river, the mutt believes in the tradition of Yajur Veda. This mutt exhibits the Hoysala and Dravidian architectural styles.
Upon reaching the site, travellers would get the chance to see Vidyatirtha Linga along with twelve pillars that represent the different zodiacs. These pillars are set in such a way that sunrays fall on each pillar in accordance with the month.
While on a trip to Sringeri, travellers are 'recommended' to visit Vidya Shankara Temple that is devoted to Vidyashankara. This pilgrimage site was constructed in 1338 AD by a sage named Vidyaranya, a patron to the founders of Vijayanagara Empire, who lived here in the 14th century.
This temple showcases Dravidian, Chalukyan, Southern Indian and Vijayanagara architectural style. Tourists can see many inscriptions that depict the contributions of Vijayanagara Empire. This rectangular temple comprises 12 pillars that are famous as the Zodiac Pillars. All these pillars display carvings of the twelve zodiac signs, which were designed considering the astronomical concepts.
A garbhagriha, where the statues of Goddess Durga and Lord Vidya Ganesha can be seen, is present in the temple. In addition, statues of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Maheshwara, along with the idols of their consorts, can be seen at the garbhagriha.
The central ceiling of the temple is another prominent feature that showcases its beautiful architecture. Other ceilings at this site are known for sloping channelled slabs. The temple basement enshrines beautiful figures of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, the Dasavataras, Shanmukha, Goddess Kali and different types of animals.
This temple is known for the celebration of Vidyatirtha Rathotsava that is held during the Kartika Shukla Paksha.
While on a trip to Sringeri, travellers 'must visit' Sarada Temple that is popularly known as Sharadamba Temple. Dedicated to Sharadamba, the Goddess of learning and wisdom, Dakshinamnaya Peetham was built by Acharya Sri Shankara Bhagavatpada in the 7th century. As per legends, during the 14th century the ancient sandalwood statue of the presiding deity was substituted with the gold and stone figure.
There is a lingam that is said to be presented by Lord Shiva to Shankaracharya. The temple was in a ruined state due to a fire, but it was rebuilt in the South Indian architecture style later. There is a maha mandapam inside the temple that houses carved figures of Dwarapalakas, Goddess Durga and Goddess Raja Rajeshwari.
Tourists can also see the images of Ashta Lakshmi, along with eight panels on the doorway covered with gold. The sculptures of the temple are engraved, keeping in mind the Shilpa Sastras that is practised in Tamil Nadu.
Festivals like Navaratri and a special puja of Chaitra Shukla Poornima are celebrated in this temple. Locals celebrate Deepotsava on Karthika Poornima, Lalitha Panchami on Magha Shukla Panchami and Sri Sharadamba Rathotsava, on Magha Tritiya at this pilgrimage site. Tourists can view Sri Shakti Ganapati that is situated on the South West side of the temple.
Tourists on a trip to Sringeri are recommended to explore the Sirimane Falls that is situated at a distance of 20 km from the town. There are a number of waterfalls located at the Western Ghats of Karnataka. However Sirimane Falls is considered as the smallest yet most beautiful waterfall of this region. The ideal time to visit this site is after the monsoon period, when the rainwater gushes through the site.
While on a visit to Sringeri, travellers 'must visit' Adi Shankara Temple that is considered as one of the prime attractions of the destination. This temple is dedicated to Sage Adi Shankaracharya, who is known for spreading Adwaitha beliefs. A beautiful and magnificent Adi Shankaracharya statue positioned on a two feet high peetham can be seen at this temple.
This idol is in a yogasana posture and is placed right in front of the lingam. In the temple premises, tourists can see four statues of Shankaracharya followers. Religious activities like panchamrita abhishekha, archana and rudra abhishekha are usually performed in this temple. Pilgrims can visit Adi Shankara Temple from 7 am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 8:30 pm.
Travellers are 'recommended' to visit the Kere Anjaneya Temple that is situated at the west side of the Sringeri Math. Devoted to Lord Hanuman, this temple is believed to be the only Anjaneya Swami Temple set up by Sri Adi Shankaracharya.
Tourists can reach this pilgrim site by climbing a total of 27 steps. Upon reaching this temple, pilgrims can see a giant idol of Lord Hanuman and a shrine of Lord Shiva as well as Lord Ganesha. The Lord Hanuman statue placed inside this temple is giving blessing with its right hand while a lotus is there in its other hand.
This temple is the most beautiful and spiritual place where pilgrims can meditate and sit for long durations. The main festival celebrated in the temple is Deepotsavam that is organised on the Saturday of Kartika Krishnapaksha month.
Tourists on a trip to Sringeri are 'recommended' to visit the Sri Chappara Anjaneya Temple that is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Upon reaching the site, devotees would get the chance to see the black stone statue of Lord Hanuman.
In addition, shrines of Lord Shiva and serpent gods can be found inside the temple. It is believed that Chappara, a shelter, was offered by the Anjaneya Swami that is admired by the pilgrims. The main offerings of the temple include lemons and beetle leaves. Tourists can also see striking and aesthetic surroundings from the Chappara Anjaneya Temple.
If time permits, then tourists on a trip to Sringeri are recommended to visit the Malayala Brahma Temple. The main deity of the temple is Kshetra Palaka, popular as Malayala Brahma among the natives.
As per popular folklore, a Malayala Brahmana Scholar was turned into a Brahma Raksha for not sharing knowledge; however, Sage Vidyaranya asked him to serve as a Kshetra Palaka. The idol of the presiding deity is located on the left of the entrance of the Sharadamba Temple with a mace in its hands.
Tourists are 'recommended' to visit Mallikarjuna Temple that is situated at Koppa in the middle of coffee and tea plants, close to Sringeri. According to local belief, a great prophet and Adwaitha philosopher, Adi Sankaracharya offered Bhramaramba Ashtakam to the temple deity.
A visit to Sri Parsawanath Tirthankara Temple is recommended to all tourists going through Sringeri. This temple is a Jain pilgrim centre and is devoted to the 23rd Jain Tirthankara, Parsawanath. This temple showcases a beautiful combination of South Indian and Jain architectural styles.
Bound by picturesque locations and stunning landscapes, this Jain Temple is situated at the backdrop of the Western Ghats in Malnaad. It is said that there were some caves near the temple that are now missing. However, travellers who will visit the site can find the ruins of those caves.
A visit to the Torana Ganapati Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, is recommended to all tourists passing by Sringeri. Lord Ganesha is worshipped in the form of Vara Prasadi and Kshipra Varaprasadi at this temple. According to local beliefs, the idol of Lord Ganesha present at this pilgrimage site was established by Sri Narasimha Bharati IV.
The chief attraction of the temple is the padukaas of Vriddha Narasimha Bharati Swamy. This temple offers coconuts and modaks of sugar and jaggery to all devotees. Pilgrims can also participate in prayers and rituals that are held on Tuesdays as well as on Chaturthi.