Kukke Subramanya,Dharmasthala and Sringeri

I had visited 3 best temples in Karnataka.In fact 3 most prominent temples of the State Karnataka.In fact this was my only trip which included only temples.I normally have a habit of including all in one trip such as Wild Life Sanctuary+Beach+Temple+Hill station.But this is
a special one.Reserved for devotion.

Route : Bangalore-Kukke Subrahmanya-Dharamsthala -Sringeri-Bangalore
Duration : 1 or 2 days

I started from Bangalore at 10 pm in our own RajaHamsa(KSRTC) bus.

Kukke Subramanya : Reached Kukke Subrahmanya at 6 AM.The climate was fabulous and njoyed a lot n that chilling weather.Kukke Subrahmanya is famous for Lord Subrahmanya,who rests on two snakes.The temple is situated in the forests and the drive was good.I liked that place very well.The temple is very special and I must say,this is a place,I will remember for long time.Here the devotees perform different kinds of poojas and the whole temple is a treat to eyes.In fact I must admit, I took bath with cold water in that chilling weather and had darshan at 7 AM. Something unusual for a guy like me.
Kukke Subrahmanya Temple

Dharmasthala : Then headed to Dharmasthala,2 hrs drive from Kukke Subrahmanya.The route was fabulous, passed thru Hills with water canals.Dharmasthala is termed as "Tirupathi of Karnataka".Lord Manjunatha Temple is present in this place.The Temple is a big one and attracts lot of devotees every year.Here,u find Gold Shiva and Lady Goddess is also present inside the temple.This temple attracts lot of Kannadigas and as new couples of Andhra Pradesh visit Tirupathi,Kannada Couples visit Dharmasthala and seek his blessings.Ornate Elephants welcome you.
Rain was ubiquitous.In fact that whole week was raining in Karnataka.

Temple entrance in Dharmasthala

Sringeri : Then headed to Sringeri.The route was ace, passes thru Coffee plantations,Little bit tea plantations as well.Fog blocked the roads and it was splendid.Coffee everywhere and one will think that Karnataka must be the biggest Coffee provider.Nama Coffee.There is no direct bus from Dharamasthala to Sringeri,infact it was a mistake by KSRTC,not to arrange buses between these two places.That made us to change 3 buses(Private ones) to reach Sringeri.But the route was ecstatic.In fact,one enjoys a lot if they travel by a Private Vehicle. Beautiful temple in Sringeri

Reached Sringeri at 5 PM.Sringeri stages 9th century Krishna Devaraya Temple(Shiva Temple),Sharadha Mutt and the most important Durga Temple.It was an excellent place with serene beauty.If one wants peace,this is the one place.Sharadha Mutt is big and they made this place even more beautiful with Meditation halls etc.Sitting inside Meditation hall is very difficult.But on looking at the other people,situation forces us to remain placid. Sringeri temple is an example of artistic brilliance.All in all,a great place with grandeur beauty.
Finished the whole stuff at Sringeri by 9 PM and started back to Bangalore by the Same Raja Hamsa bus.

Summary : I must admit,while starting from Bangalore,it was a 2day trip we planned for.But we have done it in a single day.We really faced lot of problem with food and transport.
Of course managing Kannada was also a bit difficult but somehow covered those 3 temples with pleasant mind.This trip was really special one for me.
If u visit Karnataka.This one is a must. Allow 2 days for this trip such that it will be pleasant for you with overnight accomodation in Dharmasthala or in Sringeri.

Distance Details
Bangalore to Kukke Subramanya -----270 Km
Kukke Subramanya to Dharmasthala ---- 70 Km
Dharmasthala to Sringeri --- 60 km (But no direct bus from KSRTC)
Karkala and Moodabri are also in between these places but cant be accessible by
KSRTC buses.

Type of Trip : Pilgrimage and nature surprise

Best time to Visit : All through out the year but the places looks exceptionally beautiful from September till February.

Ratings considering all Factors mostly Scenic beauty :
Kukke Subramanya ---- 3
Dharmasthala ---- 3
Sringeri ---- 3.5

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