A panchayat town located in the Shimoga District of of Karnataka, Thirthahalli lies on the bank of the river Tunga. Located amidst the dense deciduous forests of Western Ghats, the town lies on National Highway NH-13 (Thirthahalli road), which provides access to other cities. Legend has it that Sage Parusharama visited the Tunga here, hence Rama Mantapa in Thirthahalli is regarded a holy place where taking a dip will wash away one’s sins. The town is connected to Kuruvalli via the Tunga Bridge.
Places to Stay
Being a highly revered pilgrimage centre, Thirthahalli offers travellers a wide variety of options for accommodation. Places like Hotel Dwaraka and Hotel Mayura near the bus stand offer accommodations from Rs.700 onwards.
The annual five-day festival, Yellu Amavasya Jatre is popular in this town. During the Utsava Moorthi, the main idol of Lord Sri Rameshwara is taken to the river to be consecrated. In the month of December all idols of gods from all the neighbouring regions are gathered together on the banks of River Tunga near Malur
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Sri Rameshwara Temple is in the middle of town. Other places to visit in the neighbouring regions are Ambuthirtha, where the river Sharavathi forms a water falls,, Kavishaila at Kuppalli (18kms) and Kundadri Jain Temple and the Kundadri hills (30kms).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Mangalore (140 km).
The nearest railway station is Shimoga (55 km).
Thirthahalli bus stand has regular bus service that connects the town to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like SRS Travels and Sri Durgamba Travels run regular buses to and from the town. Check out for bus ticket discounts when you book your tickets online through Ticketgoose.com.
A town in Karnataka’s Devanagere District, Honnali is renowned for its Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt. In Kannada, Honnali implies ‘gold’ and according to the legend during the Vijayanagara era, the streets were full of people selling gold. Its nearby cities are Shikarpur (36 km), Shimoga (40 km), and Ranibennur (47 km).
Places to Stay
Honnali being a small town, lodging facilities are best found at Shimoga, which is 40 km away. Some of the budget hotels are Surya Comfort Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Jewel Rock (Tariff – Rs. 700), and Hombuja Residency (Tariff – Rs. 600).
Kannada is widely spoken in Honnali. But English and Hindi are also understood in the area.
Some of the festivals celebrated with great enthusiasm here in Honnali are Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Dassera Doll Festival held in September-October, and Deepavali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Other than the temples in Honnali, there are plenty to see in and around the town. Some of them are Nyamathi (14.8 km), Malebennur (20 km), and Shikarpur (36 km).
How to Get There
Hubli Airport located at a distance of 154 km is the nearest airport to the town.
Hubli Railway Station (150 km) is the major railhead connecting this town to other cities. However, the nearest railway junction is in Harnahalli, which is 33 km away.
There are several buses available every day from Bangalore, Hubli, Udupi, Mangalore, Shimoga, Devanagere, and Shikarpur. Durgamba Travels and Kesineni Travels are a couple of operators that provide good facilities to passengers taking this route. You can get discounted bus tickets to popular tourist destinations through a number of online bus booking portals.