We have heard about massive tourist attractions nestled in South India. However some hidden beauties are missed. If you have been looking for a relatively untouched, unexplored place and wish to create exquisite travel memories, Thirthahalli is a place you can’t miss. The virgin beauty of this treasured land calls in for a trip to those seeking a quick getaway.
Thirthahalli is a panchayat town located in Shimoga District of Karnataka. It lies on the banks of River Tunga. It is surrounded by Western Ghats. The entire region of Thirthahalli is situated 591 meters above sea level.
The best time to visit is from October to March. If you plan to take a flight, the nearest airport is at Mangalore. If you are taking the train route, Shimoga is the nearest railway station. Many trains run from Bangalore and Mysore to Shimoga.
The roaring waters of Jog Falls are on the Sharavathi River. It descends from a height of 253 m. It consists of four cascades which are basically outlets in the waterfall itself, and are distinctively termed as Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket. They merge together to form a huge waterfall. The other names which are used by locals are Geruoppe Falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi. The place is great for hiking or just a quick splash to refresh and rejuvenate your senses.
Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary
Mandagadde is a small village 300 km from Bangalore. It stretches around 1.14 acres and is surrounded by forests and River Tunga. A lot of migratory birds ply here which is a great view for bird watchers. Birds like Median Egret, Little Cormonant, Darter, and the Snake Bird are some unique species found here. Apart from these the sanctuary is a home to over 5000 bird species.
Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp
It is an elephant camp located 15 km from Mandagadde. Like any other camp it conducts various activities which include bathing elephants. Tourists enjoy this unusual experience which has made this place a popular attraction.
It is a bridge connecting Thirthahalli to Kuruvalli which has an arc like structure. It was designed by Sir M. Visvesvaraya. Currently the bridge is a part of NH 13. Being close to the Tunga River it is believed that a dip here will cure one of all sins.
Sri Rameshwara Temple
It is a main Hindu temple at Thirthahalli and is made of stone on the banks of River Tunga. The temple has a Lingam which is believed to have been installed by Sage Parshurama himself.
Anandagiri and Siddeshwara Gudda
Anandagiri Gudda, on Shimoga Road, and Siddeshwara Gudda, on Agumbe Road are two hills located in Thirthahalli. Both these hills offer a great view to those who gather here. Anandagiri Gudda is around 300 ft high while Siddeshwara Gudda has a height of 200 feet.
It is the home town to great Kannada poet Kuvempu. Kavishala and Kavimane are two famous tourist attractions in Kuppalli.
It is a small town in Thirthahalli famous for being a location to television serial Malgudi Days. In addition to the beauty of this place, it is home to the world’s first king cobra sanctuary. The best time to visit here is monsoon to witness its majestic rainfall. Due to this, it is also referred to as “Cheerapunji of South”.
It is located 18 kilometres from Thirthahalli. It is a fort built in the 9th century and renovated in the 14th century. This gigantic creation was built on a hillock and has the temple of Shikhareshvara on its top.
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