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Thirthahalli is a town located in Malnad, Karnataka State, Southern India. This magnificent destination is spread 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 near Thirthahalli. There are many tourist destinations in and arround Thirthahalli such as, Kuppalli, Kavaledurga, Kundadri, Kodachadri, Agumbe, Chibbala Gudde etc.The myth of the origin of 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 Thirthahalli. 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.

Thirthahalli is located amidst the dense deciduous forests of Western Ghats. Tourists will find the weather humid during winter and spring. Monsoons bring heavy rains to Thirthahalli every year and makes river Tunga flow jubilantly. Staying in Homestay during these days will sure make tourists to feel the mysticism of Mother Nature.

How To Reach College Campus :

  • 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).<br /><br />
  • 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.

Vagdevi College of Education is situated in Thirthahalli, the north-western coastal district of Shimoga. Often called the ‘land of seven languages’ due to the linguistic diversity and cultural confluence here, this historical border district is the ideal seat for a higher education centre with an inter disciplinary, inter cultural vision such as the CUK’s.

The contributions of Kasaragodan men of letters such as Mahakavi Kuttamath, Mahakavi P Kunjiraman Nair, T S Thirumunpu, T Ubaid, and Rashtrakavi M Govinda Pai to the Malayalam, Mappila and Kannada literary cultures are remarkable. Arabimalayalam is a unique linguistic form in these parts. Kasaragod also has a rich cultural tradition; Yakshagana, Theyyam, Thirayaatam are distinctive cultural forms. Kasaragod also houses research and educational institutions of national importance such as the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI).

Kasaragod, a part of the Kumbala Kingdom of the Kolathiris, was an important trade centre during the medieval times, and was a favourite destination of Arab traders. Later, it came under the rule of Vijayanagar Empire that vested the administration of the region with the Naikans. Chandragiri and Bekal forts, two major tourist attractions in Kasaragod, were among a chain of forts constructed by the powerful Shivappa Naikan. Later these forts came under Hyder Ali who handed them over to Tippu Sultan. The British took charge of the forts after Tippu’s death in 1799. The agrarian struggles against exploitation in these parts contributed much to the National Movement. Post Independence, Kasaragod became part of Kerala, during the reorganisation of States.

Thirthahalli is marked by the Western Ghats that run parallel to the sea. Its 12 rivers and stretches of forest add to its natural beauty. Climatically, Kasaragod gets enough rains during the monsoons, and is generally pleasant throughout the year; the place gets warmer only during March-May.

Apart from the spectacular Bekal fort and beach, Thirthahalli also attracts travelers owing to the Mahishi Temple, Gothic-style Bela Church, copper-roofed Madhur temple, mosque founded by Malik Ibn Dinar, Chandragiri fort, Maippady Palace once the seat of Kumbala Rajas, Nityananda Ashramam etc.