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Thirthahalli is a taluk headquarters and town located on the banks of River Tunga in Shimoga district.
Thirthahalli is surrounded by the dense forests of Western Ghats and it is situated 591 meters above sea level.
The Legend of Thirthahalli
Sage Jamadagni instructed his son Parashurama to chop off head of his wife Renukadevi. Parashurama obeyed his father's instruction and chopped off his mothers head using his axe. The blood stains remained on the axe and Parashurama tried to wash his axe by dipping the axe into various rivers. However, sesame-sized (sesame means Yellu in kannada language) blood stain remained on his axe even after dipping into various rivers. Finally the sesame-sized blood stains were washed away after dipping his axe in River Tunga. Since blood stains were completely removed at this place, this place was named as Thirthahalli (Thirtha means Holy water and Halli means Village).
The place is also called as Parashurama Thirtha or Rama Thirtha. Near Rama Thirtha, there is a stone mantapa called Rama Mantapa.
It is believed that a holy dip in River Tunga at Thirthahalli will cure one of all sins.
Thirthahalli is surrounded by places of historical places and natural attractions. The following are few attraction of Thirthahalli.
Tunga Bridge: This is a unique bridge constructed across river Tunga by Sir M Visvesvaraya. The Tunga Bridge connects Tirthahalli and Kuruvalli, an extension of Thirthahalli.
Rameshwara Temple: Sri Rameshwara Temple located in Thirthahalli is one of the main Hindu Temples. This temple is constructed on the banks of the river Tunga and it is made of stone. Sri Rameshwara Temple is near the place Parashurama Thirtha. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple has a Shiva Lingam which is believed to have been installed by Parashurama. Yellu Amavasya Jatre is celebrated at great devotion in Thirthahalli on Yellu Amavasye day (The day Parashurama cleaned his axe to remove the sesame-sized).
Mrugavadhe: Mrugavadhe is a place in Thirthahalli taluk where Rama killed a deer (Mayajinke) on request made by his wife Sita during the times of Ramayana. Mrugavadhe means Killing of an animal in Kannada language.
Anandagiri Gudda: Anandagiri Gudda in Thirthahalli is located on Shimoga Road. The height of Anandagiri Gudda ranges between 200 and 300 feet.
Siddeshwara Gudda: Siddeshwara Gudda in Thirthahalli is located on on Agumbe Road near Balebailu. The height of Siddeshwara Gudda is 200 feet.
Kuppalli: Kuppalli is located at a distance of 18 Km from Thirthahalli on Thirthahalli-Koppa road. Kuppalli is a birthplace of great Kannada poet KUVEMPU. Kavishaila and Kavimane are two places of attractions in Kuppalli.
Agumbe: Agumbe is a small place located in Thirthahalli taluk. Agumbe is the place where R K Narayan's popular television serial Malgudi Days was shot. This place attracts people to watch beautiful sunset. Arabian Sea can also be seen from Agumbe.
Chibbalagudde: Chibbalagudde is just 10 Km from Thirthahalli. This place is popular because of temple of Sri Siddi Vinayaka and Matsyadhama which has lot of fishes at Tunga River.
Kundadri: Kundadri is located at a distance of 30 km from Thirthahalli on Thirthahalli - Agumbe road.
Kavaledurga: Kavaledurga is at a distance of 16 Km from Thirthahalli. There is a Kavaledurga fort on the hill.
Best time to Visit: Thirthahalli is a typical Malnad region and located on the Western Ghats, the best time to visit is between October and March.
Distance from Thirthahalli
Shimoga: 60 Km
Bangalore: 335 Km
Mysore: 304 Km
Mangalore: 167 Km
Udupi: 113 Km
Sringeri: 53 Km
Koppa: 27 Km
Agumbe: 33 Km
Chikmagalur: 157 Km
How to reach Thirthahalli
Nearest Airport: Mangalore
Nearest Railway Station: Shimoga. Many trains run from Bangalore and Mysore to Shimoga
Road: Thirthahalli is well connected by road network. National Highway NH-13 connects Shimoga and Thirthahalli.
Route Map from Bangalore to Thirthahalli:
Bangalore - Tumkur - Tiptur - Arasikere - Kadur - Shimoga - Thirthahalli
Route Map from Mysore to Thirthahalli:
Mysore - Channarayapattana - Arasikere - Kadur - Shimoga - Thirthahalli
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