I visited my hometown Surathkal recently. My sister and family joined us there as well. On a free day, we decided to go on a day trip to Sringeri. It was a pleasurable drive along the Kudremukh forest range. Sringeri was decently crowded and hence we got an easy Darshan.
We had tasty lunch offered at the temple and then headed to Kigga, a town about 30 mins drive from Sringeri. At Sri Rishya Shringeshwara temple, a priest explained to us the history involving the temple and the town. Tasty pongal was served on this auspicious day of Makara Sankramana.
We continued our journey to Sirimane falls. What a delight this was. We had a great time at the waterfall and enjoyed a generous natural shower. I often equate this feeling to an act of cleansing. For a while, it releases you from all your thoughts.
Apart from this trip, we also enjoyed going to the river festival at Mangalore. It was very well arranged.