Thirthahalli is a taluk headquarters located in Malnad region in Karnataka State, Southern India. This destination is situated on the banks of river Tunga. Thirthahalli has an affluent Archeological history with Neolithic rocks in the Kunda hills near Agumbe and potholed burial chambers found at Arehalli.

There are several tourist destinations in and aroud Thirthahalli. Some of them are Kuppalli, Kavaledurga, Kundadri, Kodachadri, Agumbe, Chibbala Gudde etc.The myth on the origin of place Thirthahalli dates back to Ancient History. It is believed that Parusharama, a sage, chopped off his mother Renuka's head following his father's orders.

Later Parusharam washed the blood stains by dipping it in various rivers but was unsuccessful. Finally he was able to wash it in the river Tunga that flows in Thirthahalli and that place was called as Rama Thirtha and the name originated as Thirhthahalli. Rama Mantapa was built where Parusharama cleaned his axe and Hindus consider Thirthahalli as a holy place where a dip in the river will cure one's sins.

The place is located amidst the dense deciduous forests of Western Ghats. Tourists will experience moderate weather during winter and spring. Monsoons bring heavy rains to Thirthahalli every year and makes river Tunga flow jubilantly. Staying in our accommodation during these days will sure make you feel the mystic traits of Mother Nature.

Homestays in Thirthahalli

The homestays in Thirthahalli have gained a unique identity for their exclusivity in hospitality services offered for the guests. You can experience the typical Malnad style of hospitality by residing in a homestay. Thirthahalli homestays are located at a short distance from the city limits and are amidst Areca plantations. The estate ambience can help to relax your mind and body with an added diet with typical cuisines of Thirthahalli. The Malnad cuisines such as Kadabu, Akki Rotti, Akki Dosa... are mouth watering recipes with history attached to their names.

Resorts in Thirthahalli

These are either situated on the river bank or on the picturesque, green terrains of Thirthahalli. You can spend enough time within the resort by watching birds in the trees or by enjoying a boat ride or going for a nature walk. The resort in Thirthahalli offers you certain activities and facilities by which you can rejuvenate yourself. You can request for package or quote and you will be given accurate facilities and price as per your individual requirements. 

How to reach

By Air: The nearest airport is at Mangalore (140 km), Bangalore (330 km).

By Rail: The nearest railway station is Shimoga (55 km). Mangalore (140 Kms).

By Road:Thirthahalli is well connected by roadways with all major cities in Karnataka. Cities like Shimoga (75 km), Mangalore (140km), Bangalore (330 km)) are linked by roadways with Thirthahalli.

Distance to Thirthahalli from major Cities

Bangalore      330 KMs
Hassan            180 KMs
Chikmagalur   110 KMs
Shimoga 55 KMs
Mangalore 140 KMs


KUPPALLI (Kavishaila)
Kuppali or Kavishaila is the ancestral house of National poet Kuvempu. His house is now converted as a monument paying tribute to the great poet of Karnataka. Kavishaila is the hill top where Kuvempu once sat and relished the beauty of nature.

Agumbe, well known for the sunset in the Ghats in Karnataka has a rich natural beauty to ponder on. The ghat has hairpin curves and rich with flora and fauna. Travellers will be enthralled by visiting this beautiful tourist attraction in Karnataka. This place is only 27 Kms from Thirthahalli. Driving on a pleasant evening to this spot will be a nice experience. 

World famous Jog falls is known for the river Sharavathi streaming down 900 Feet to create the valley. Jog falls is located 100 Kms away from Thirthahalli. Many travellers find this an enchanting experience to travel during rainy season to witness Jog falls flowing jubilantly.

Kundadri, a mountain peak close to Thirthahalli is covered with dense forest in the Western Ghats in Karantaka, South India. This land is known for a 17th century Jain temple which is not much noted for its architecture. There are two small pond formed by the rock and ou can see lotus throught the year. It is a meserizing thing to notice this pond on the top of the hill.

Varahi is located amidst the rich greenery of Malnad and is well known for underground hydro electric powerhouse. This place also attracts for its backwaters and travellers can drive amidst the beautiful nature of Malnad.

Kavaledurga is located 20 Kms from Thirthahalli and has a rich historical background. Kavaledurga has an ancient fort constructed by Shivappanayaka. Travellers can get panaromic view of Western Ghats from the hill top of Kavaledurga.

A fish sanctuary in Thirthahalli, Chibbalagudde is located 10 Kms from the city. This place is also known for Sidhi Vinayaka temple and a lot fishes that wait for the devotees and tourists. This is one of the enchanting places to visit in Thirthahalli.

This is one of the bird sanctuaries in Karnataka that receives variety of birds from across the globe during rainy season. These birds come every year and bird watchers find this place a relishing experience.

This place is situated 60 Kms from Shimoga, heart of Malnad. This place is popular for the Jain Mutt which was established centuries back by the monks belonging to the Nandi Sangha of Shri Kunda.

Lions Safari is the leopard, lion, tiger and other wild life's home that is located in the Thyavarekoppa village of Shimoga.

As the name suggests this place is one of the training camps for Elephants in Karnataka. You can reach Elephant Camp from Thirthahalli by driving 46 Kms on the NH17. The Mahouts train the elephants in these training camps. You can also go on a elephant ride on the shores of the river.

Kodachadri is one of the magnificent place for trekkers. It is quite popular for the rich flaura and fauna. Photographers can capture the beautiful landscapes and even wild animals in Kodachadri. Travelers can also reach the hill top by hiring local jeeps.

This is a perfect place for nature lover, there is a hanging bridge to the river and a sand beach where you can spend an evening. The river bank is natural and clean with bright white sand where you can play and also get in to the water.


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