For a very long time I had an urge to visit Sringeri Sharadha peetam, Sringeri, also known as Shringeri It is a hill town and taluka headquarters located in Chikkamagaluru district in the state of Karnataka, It is the site of the first maṭha (Sringeri Sharada Peeta) established by Adi Shankara.
According to legend, Adi Shankaracharya is said to have selected the site as the place to stay and teach his disciples, because when he was walking by the Tunga River, he saw a cobra with a raised hood, providing shelter from the hot sun to a frog about to spawn. Impressed with the place where natural enemies had gone beyond their instincts, he stayed here for twelve years. Adi Shankaracharya also established mathas in the northern (at Jyotirmath, near Badrinath), eastern (at Puri) and western (at Dwaraka) quarters of India.
Sringeri Sharadha peetam is one of my favourite temples, usually, I take the easy route towards Agumbe and then Sringeri, but since Agumbe Ghat was getting repaired I had to take a different route via Karkala.
On 02-12-2016 started my journey at around 5.15 Am via Karkala, Bajagoli, Kerekatte and Finally Sringeri, total Distance from Udupi to Sringeri is 101 kilometres. It was dark until I reached Karkala, once I reached the kudremukh check post it was bright and the weather was very pleasant, after kudremukh check post you need to travel exactly 12 kilometres and take left, the road is curvy, due to the forest area it was very cold, since I was wearing my winter liner and a leather gloves it made my ride a pleasant one. The beautiful and the vast landscape caught my attention on the way, the sunlight passing through the lush green trees and the light beams emitting from those trees makes worth waking up so early, and I also stopped near a paddy field and a Hanging bridge which I felt should not be missed by bikers at all.
Reached Sringeri at 8.00Am finished darshan and Pooja by 9.00Am had a good breakfast at a hotel nearby, there are a lot of good hotels in front of the Gopura, you can try out according to your budget and taste. Also, there is a Petrol bunk in the same road in case you want to fill petrol.
At 10 am I started my journey towards Kuppalli via koppa route. Reached Kavi mane (Poets House) at 10.30Am Kuppali (Kannada: ಕುಪ್ಪಳಿ), also known as Kuppalli (ಕುಪ್ಪಳ್ಳಿ), is a small village in Thirthahalli taluk of Shimoga district in the state of Karnataka in India. It is famous for being the birthplace and childhood home of the renowned Kannada playwright and poet Kuvempu. Indeed, this pen name Kuvempu (Kannada: ಕುವೆಂಪು) pays homage to the author’s home, created as it is from the first letters of his full name “Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa” (Venkatappa being his father’s name). Kuppali is also the birthplace of Poornachandra Tejaswi, the son of Kuvempu and a famous Kannada writer himself. It is also the place where Kuvempu and Poornachandra Tejaswi have been cremated. The childhood home of Kuvempu at Kuppali has been converted into a museum by Rashtrakavi Kuvempu Pratishtana (a trust dedicated to Kuvempu). I spent only a few minutes over there as I had been to that place several times before, from there I headed left towards Thirthahalli, and reached Thirthahalli around 11.00Am. Total distance covered was almost 51 Kilometres. Thirthahalli (Kannada:ತೀರ್ಥಹಳ್ಳಿ) is a panchayat town located in the Shimoga District of the state of Karnataka, India. It lies on the bank of the river Tunga and is also the headquarters of the Thirthahalli Taluk of Shimoga district.
There are some beautiful places to visit at Thirthahalli like Tunga Bridge, Ambuthirtha, Anandagiri and Siddeshwara Gudda, Chibbalagudde, Mrughavade, Madaga, Kundadri, Kavaledurga and also Rameshwara Temple or if you come to the Taxi stand near National Supermarket there is a big hoarding which will guide us to various tourist spots in and around the town.
After a good time spent at Thirthahalli my journey began towards Udupi Via Mullubagilu, Hulikall, Hosaangadi, Sidhapura, Kandlur, Basrur, Koteshwar, Kota, Brahmavara, Kallianpura and finally to my Home in Udupi – I covered a Total distance 122 Kilometres. This route has a lot of curves as it takes you through the forest area, you will have to go via Hulikall ghat which is really nice compared to Agumbe ghat. There is one river we find near Hulikall which is very beautiful and it’s known as Hulikall Bridge, It is a serene and calm place, especially during early mornings for a pit stop. Throughout my journey, roads were good, with some potholes here and there but 70% of the roads are good.