Sringeri – Where Nature and Religion Combine
Chikmagalur is what you would call more of a small town than a busy metropolis. This village in the hills is one of the best places for hikers in India. Known to be a cool region because of its high altitude Chikmagalur is full of enchanting streams, intimidating mountain ranges and gorgeous valleys. The magnificent Hebbe Falls is located in this region along with the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary which is where visitors will have the chance of coming across elephants or even tigers if you are lucky. This secluded, lush green region in India is a great place for those in search of a peaceful surrounding where even getting lost might just be an experience of a lifetime.
Sringeri is a sacred village which is full of beautiful temples and ashrams. This is one of the most frequented holy sites in the region which attracts hundreds of visitors who are of both foreign and local origin. One with nature and the holy river of Tunga, Sringeri exudes a magnificence which is truly unique. For locals on pilgrimage this sacred town is a must visit site as it is home to the Durga Temple, the Kali Temple, Kalabhairava Temple and the Anjaneya Temple. These shrines were dedicated to specific gods and goddesses and are considered to be extremely powerful places of worship.
The Advaita Mutt and the Sree Sharada Temple are said to have been built by the Sri Adi Sankaracharya who is known as the father of Advaita philosophy. This temple site was built in the name of the goddess known as Sharada who is much popular in the world of Hinduism by the name of Saraswathi. Sree Malahanikareshwara Temple and Sree Vidyashankar Temple is also located here making Sringeri one of the best places to get an understanding about the ways of Hinduism.