Araga lies 9 Km north of Thirthahalli. In 14th century, Araga was the capital of a province of Vijayanagar empire, after Hoysala kingdom lost power. It was once the capital of a Jain kingdom ruled by King Shanthara. Humcha or Hombuja, which is 30 Km North from Thirthalli was the native place of the Shanthara kings. Hombuja has lots of artistic Jain basadis (Jain temples) and a Jain math (Jain monastery) with a beautiful big lake.
|Location||Shimoga District, Karnataka|
|Places to visit||Tunga Bridge, Rameshwara Temple, Mrugavadhe, Anandagiri Gudda, Siddeshwara Gudda, Kuppalli, Agumbe, Chibbalagudde, Kundadri and Kavaledurga are the famous tourist destinations around Bangalore.|
|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.|
How to Reach Araga, Thirthahalli
By road:Thirthahalli is at a distance of about 62 km. from the district headquarters, Shimoga. From Shimoga, one has to take the National Highway NH-13 (Thirthahalli road) to reach Thirthahalli. From Bangalore, one has to take the National Highway NH-206 to reach Shimoga and then take the above mentioned route. The total distance from Bangalore to Thirthahalli is around 330 km. From Mangalore, one can take NH-13 to reach Thirthahalli. The distance from Mangalore to Thirthahalli is around 146 km.There are numerous mini-buses from Udupi to Thirthahalli. From Udupi railway station 86 km to Thirthahalli.
By rail: The nearest railway station is in Shimoga. Numerous trains run from Bangalore and Mysore to Shimoga.
By air: The nearest airport is in Mangalore International Airport.
Megalithic Sites of Karnataka
Evidences of prehistoric activity are in various forms such as megalithic burial chambers, rock-paintings, petroglyphs, stone tools, pottery, ash-mounds. Here are some of the known prehistoric sites in Karnataka.
|Site||Neareast town/Village||Taluq District|
|Aihole Hill||Aihole||Badami, Bagalkot|
|Araga Gate||Nagara||Sagar, Shimoga|
|Chikka Benakal||Chikka Benakal||Gangavati, Koppal|
|Galaganatha temple complex||Aihole||Badami, Bagalkot|
|Hire Benekal hill||Hire Benekal||Gangavati, Koppal|
|Indrakeela Betta||Koppal||Koppal, Koppal|
|Kutkankeri hill||Kutkankeri||Badami, Bagalkot|
|Moodabidri||Moodabidri||Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada|
|Rajan Kollur||Rajan Kollur||Shorapur, Yadgiri|
|Yemmi Gudda / Hemagudda||Koppal-Gangavati road||Shahpur, Yadgir|