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Sirsi is a town in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka state. Sirsi is a mountain town which is surrounded by lush green forest and the region is popular for a large number of waterfalls. Sirsi has an average elevation of 1936 feet, and is situated in the heart of the Western Ghats.
River Aghanashini takes birth from a place near Sirsi called "Donihalla" and flows towards the Arabian Sea in the West. The river also creates many waterfalls along its path.
Arecanut is the main crop grown in the villages that surround the Sirsi town, making it one of the major trading centers for Arecanut. The Arecanut grown here and surrounded place are transported all over India, and also exported abroad. The region is also popular for many other spices like cardamom, pepper, betel leaves and vanilla.
Sirsi is famous for the Sri Marikamba temple, built in the year 1688. The famous fair 'Marikamba Jaathre', honoring the goddess Marikamba is held by the temple authorities once in two years. This fair attracts thousands of people. Close to the Marikamba temple are the temples dedicated to Maha Ganapati and Shri Gopalakrishna.
Banavasi is located at 25 km from Sirsi. Banavasi is famous for Madhukeshwar temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Madhukeshwara and has been declared a monument of historical importance by the Archaeological survey of India. Banavasi was the capital of an ancient kingdom in Karnataka (state) ruled by the "Kadamba" dynasty.
Sahasralinga, (meaning thousands of Shiva linga's) is another place of importance, where sculptures carved from stone are installed in the middle of a flowing river. The river is surrounded by lush green forest; the place is about 17 km away from Sirsi. Every year on the day of 'Shivaratri' thousands of people visit this place to worship Lord Shiva.
Sonda, famous for its Sri Vadiraja Mutt, and the Swarnavalli Mutt are about 20 km away from Sirsi. The shalmala river flows near the mutt. It is one of the pilgrimage centers. There present Swamiji is Shri Gangadharendra Saraswati. He is also known as "Green Swami" as he stands for protecting the greenery of the area.
Distance from Sirsi:
Bangalore: 425 km
Hubli: 105 km
Kumta: 58 km
How to get there (Sirsi):
Nearest Airport: Nearest Airport is in Hubli. Hubli is connected to Bangalore and Mumbai by air.
Nearest Railway Station: Nearest railhead is at Kumta.
Road: Sirsi is well connected to other parts of the state by road network. Sirsi linked to neighboring district head quarters of Dharwad, Udupi, Haveri, Belgaum and Shimoga.
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