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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).

It is believed that a holy dip in River Tunga at Thirthahalli will cure one of all sins.

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 Forest Edge

1. Shivmoga


33 Km

2. Bangalore


321 Km

3. Mysore


264 Km

4. Mangalore


160 Km

5. Udupi


113 Km

6. Sringeri


66 Km

7. Koppa


41 Km

8. Agumbe


60 Km

9. Chikmagalur


105 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.