Sringeri Sharada Peetham
A popular temple town is located at a distance of 90 Km from Chikmagalur. It is situated on the banks of River Tunga. The Sharadamba Temple and Vidya Shankara Temple are two important attractions of Sringeri. A Vedic Peetha established by Sri Adi Shankara, the exponent of the Advaita philosophy in the 9th century A.D. In the Vidya Shankara shrine, there are 12 zodiac pillars, which are so constructed that the rays of the sun fall on the pillar corresponding to the month.
Horanadu 100 km southwest of Chikmagalur and has an ancient Annapoorneshwari Temple, which has been renovated recently. With the installation of the new image of Adi Shakti, now the temple is called Adi-Shaktyatmaka Shri Annapoorneshwari. The place attracts lots of pilgrims who are provided free boarding and lodging by the temple.
Kalasa Galur located at a distance of 92 km southwest of Chikma and situated on the banks of the river Bhadra. It is surrounded by lofty hills of the Western Ghats and is looked upon as one of the pancha-kshetras on the banks of the Bhadra. Nearby are the pancha theerthas, the five sacred ponds. The main attraction of Kalasa is Lord Kalaseshawara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which has a Kshetrapala shrine of soap stone in Hoysala style nearby.
Shakatapuram Taluk A small village and a religious place located in Koppa of Chikmagalur district. Shakatapuram is also known by name Bandigadi. A Mutt by name Shri Vidya Peetam is located on the banks of River Tunga. Guru Dattatreya Bababudanswamy Darga situated on the Baba Budan Giri is the Inam Dattatreya Peetha venerated by the Hindus and the Muslims alike. A laterite cave here is believed to have been sanctified by the residence of Dattatreya Swami as well as Hazrat Dada Hayat Mir Khalander.
Belavadi located 29 km southeast of Chikmagalur town on the Chikamagalur – Javagal road and 10 km north west of Halebidu, Belavadi is famous for Ornate temple of Veeranarayana. Belavadi is also famous for the temple of ‘Udbhava Ganapathi’.
Simhanagadde Jwalamalini Temple is one of the important Jain Temples and located at the Simhanagadde town near Narasimharajapura. The temple houses an attractive black colored idol of Goddess Jwalamalini as the main deity. The history of this idol dates back to the period around 15th and 16th century. The temple has a very spacious hall and a sanctorum. This temple attracts huge number of devotees in India as well as foreign countries. The temple was renovated in 1994.
Balehonnur Japura located on the banks of river Bhadra in Narasimhara taluk, the famous Shrimad Jagadguru Rambhapuri Veerasimhasana Mahasamstana Peeta (matha) and the Veerabhadra Temple are the main attractions here. The Veerabadra temple attached to the matha has metallic images of Veerabhadra and Bhadrakali.
Halebidu Virupaksha Temple
Virupaksha Temple in Hampi is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a very important pilgrimage site in India. This temple, a part of the Group of Monuments at Hampi, is one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Inam Dattatreya Peetha
Located in the hills of Baba Budan Giri, this Peetha is a holy site visited by both Hindus and Muslims since the legends say that this cave provided shelter to Guru Dattatreya and Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar. Muslims visit the caves during the third Islamic month and Hindus visit during the Karthick Poornima festivities.