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Ambutheertha is located about 15 km to the North-West of Theerthahalli Town. The Sharavathi River originates at Ambutheertha.
Ambutheertha is nature's wonder in Theerthahalli taluk of Shimoga. Before joining to the Arabian sea at Honnavar, River Sharavathi takes a big 'leap' falling from a height of 253 meters (829 ft) in the world famous Jog Falls, which is the highest plunge waterfall in India and the 7th deepest in the world.
Ambutheertha is considered as a Holy place. It is believed that Lord Rama pierced the earth with his AMBU (bow and arrow) to get water out to satisfy the thirst of his wife Sita, and hence the name 'Ambutheertha'.
Since this river took her birth using Lord Rama's 'Shara' (arrow), hence the name 'Sharavathi'. A Shivalinga is installed at Ambutheertha, under which river Sharavathi originates to start her journey.
Mandagadde and Gudavi bird sanctuaries are nearby attractions.
How to get there
Nearest Airport: Mangalore
Nearest Railhead: Shimoga
Road: From Theerthahalli one has to travel via Araga - Aralasurali - Nunabur to reach Ambutheertha.
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