Horanadu Annapoorneshwari Temple is an important Hindu shrine. This is a very ancient shrine and the new deity of goddess Annapurneshwari was most recently consecrated in 1973. The main deity of Annapoorna is made of gold. Every visitor to the Annapoorna temple at Horanadu, irrespective of their religion, language, caste, or creed, is provided with a three-course vegetarian meal. It is believed that a person who seeks the goddess' blessings would never have any scarcity for food in life. The route to the temple traverses ghats, dense forests and vegetation.
Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri is one of the four Peethams established by the renowned 8th century philosopher saint Sri Adi Shankara, the principal exponent of Advaita (non-dualism) theology. Goddess Sharada is the presiding deity of the temple, which is one of the most important of Hindu shrines. Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal, the 36th in the illustrious and unbroken lineage of Acharyas presently adorns the throne of transcendental wisdom - the Vyakhyana Simhasana, the title associated with the Pontifical Seat of the Peetham.
This Peetam at Sree Math, Hariharapura is very ancient. This holy place is situated on the NH 13 between Koppa and Sringeri, on the banks of river Thunga. It has three important divine specialties and this place had been a Yaga Bhoomi, Tapo Bhoomi and Jnana Bhoomi.
Also known as Jagadguru Rambhapuri Veerasimhasana Mahasamasthna Peeta, it is situated on the banks of River Bhadra in Balehonnur. The Veerabadra temple attached to the Mutt has strong metallic images of Veerabhadra and Bhadrakali. The Peeta is a pilgrimage centre especially for Veerashivas/Lingayath community. The present Jagdguru Prasannarenuka Veerasomeshwara Rajadeshikendra Shivacharya Bhagavatpada is the 121st pontiff of the Peeta.
Nature / Sight Seeing
Balehonnur is a small city in the Chikkamagaluru district of the Indian of Karnataka. It is located on the bank of the Bhadra River and is a green, picturesque place, with an average rainfall of 80 inches a year and is dominated by coffee estates, arecanut, paddy fields, pepper, vanilla and other spices. It is the location of the main Hindu Matha belonging to veerashiva pantha called Sri Rambhapuri Matha, one of the oldest temples in Karnataka.
Kudremukh literally means 'horse-face' and refers to a spectacular view of a face of the mountain that looks like the head of a horse. Natural grasslands and thick shoal forests makes the greenery of this park in the sequence of rolling hills in the northern, eastern and central regions of the town. Kudremukh National Park is a part of the majestic Western Ghats, which is famous for bio-diversity conservation. Noted for its scenic beauty rich in wildlife surrounded by natural dense forests, spotting wildlife is challenging. Kudremukh an ideal place for trekking, with trails passes through lush green woods mixed with niceties of interspersed rivers, charming cascades, grassy slopes and exceptional rarely seen orchids. For those who love natural beauty, visit to Kudremukh will be refreshing and breathtaking.
Agumbe is one of the most scenic places on the Western Ghats. Added to the lush green view all around, the attractions for the visitors is the spectacular sunset and vast opportunities it offers to the trekkers. Agumbe is situated 560 meters above sea level on the Sahyadri ranges, and is aptly called the Cherapunji of South India as it receives an average rainfall of 7000-8000mm annually. These pristine forests are also famous for a variety of wildlife.
Sirimane Falls is located at a distance of 5 km from Kigga near Sringeri. Though relatively small when compared to the other great waterfalls of Western Ghats, there is no compromise in the beauty of Sirimane Waterfalls. Best time to visit Sirimane Falls is immediately after monsoon to enjoy the gush of abundant water down the fall.
The Central Coffee Research Institute is about 8 kms from Balehonnur on the Sringeri route. Research work on coffee was initiated in 1915 by setting up a temporary laboratory at Koppa and later it was deemed necessary to have a full fledged experimental station to tackle the multifarious problems faced by the coffee industry. Coffee Board took up the administration of the farm from the erstwhile Government of Mysore in 1942 and initiated organized research on coffee in 1946. The institute runs 'Bharathiya Coffee Vidyalaya', a school providing education up to 7 th standard.
This school, which is situated 5 kms from Balehonnur (enroute to Shringeri), was started in the year 1986, by the Government of India as a part of nationwide chain of Navodaya Vidyalayas. It is located in greenery spanning 40 acres and is famous for being a centre for educating rural students from 6th standard to standard XII.
Kuppali is the birthplace of ‘Kuvempu’, the poet laureate of Karnataka. Kuppali is situated near Thirthahalli in Shimoga district. The Kuppalli house, which is today a museum dedicated to the legendary poet, is like a mini fortress as thick walls surround all sides with a large main entrance. The strong rough walls have withstood the natural vagaries of the hilly forest terrain. The upstairs of the Kuppali house opens to east. There are windows on all sides. A view from the upstairs provides a beautiful picture of the thick forest of the Sahyadri region.