The distance between Horanadu to Sringeri is 57 kms, about 2 hours drive on the narrow road that leads you through the forest area. I guess we took more than two hours because we stopped in two places. I pulled the car near the tea plantations and at a narrow stretch with a beautiful view of the mountains.
We were in Sringeri by 12 p.m. and were done with our rituals within an hour. After spending some time in Shri Sharadamba Temple and the Vidyashankara Temple, we walked towards the Tunga River where hefty fishes showed up like the sharks. People were feeding the fishes, I do not remember what they were feeding but the fishes seem to be happy with whatever they ate.
Shri Sharadamba Temple, Sringeri
Shree Vidyashankara Temple, Sringeri
The Vidyashankara Temple (1342 A.D.) was built in memory of Guru Vidyashankara with the help of Vijayanagar rulers in the 14th century. The architecture of temple is that of Hoysala and Dravidian style. There are twelve pillars inside the temple known as Raasi Pillars. The Raasi Pillars are arranged in such a way that Suns rays fall on each of them in the order of the solar months.-Templenet.com
Tunga River, Sringeri
I saw two elephants with the mahouts riding it. The children and the adults became busy taking photographs and selfies standing in front of the elephants. I was no different, took couple of photographs, and made a small video of it too.
In the photograph, you can see the parents pacifying their children to get blessings from the temple elephant. The temple elephants are usually friendly and well trained. A mahout will always accompany the elephants.-Indus Blog
The temple offered free food to the devotees but we decided to have our lunch in one of the messes outside the temple. The temple town is popular for authentic south Indian meal. I purchased a bottle of mango pickle that tasted awesome back home.
Our next destination was Karkala via Agumbe. This post is a part of my three days road trip from Bangalore, click on the link for the places we covered en route.