"Thirtha" in Kannada, means "Pure" and "Halli" means a "Village". Apt to its name, Thirthahalli is the land where the great saints like Parashurama descended. As per the Hindu legend, when Parashurama hacked his mother's head with an axe, on the orders of his father Jamadagni, he tried to remove the blood stains on the axe by washing it in the rivers. But a tiny mark of blood still remained and Parashurama's effort went in vain though he washed the axe almost in all the rivers. Finally he came to this place where the Tunga River flows on the bank of Thirthahalli. To his surprise, the blood stain was removed when he washed the axe in this river near Thirthahalli. The place where Parashurama washed the axe came to be known as "Parashurama Thirtha" or simply "Rama Thirtha". Thus Thirthahalli became a sacred land, being a part of this great legend. Originally Thirthahalli was called 'Theerthahvali' or 'Theertharajapura'. (To know the elaborate history, read our History section of Rameshwara Temple).
Over a period of time, Thirthahalli developed into a panchayat town in Shimoga District of Karnataka State. Situated on the banks of Tunga River, Thirthahalli falls as the centre location when you are visiting other nearby tourist destinations of Karnataka like Udupi, Agumbe, Shimoga, Sagar, Koppa, Mandagadde, etc. Apart from being a picturesque village, Thirthahalli draws many a visitors because of its sanctity.
Heritage, religion, adventure and leisure go hand-in-hand in Thirthahalli. To explore the nature's beauty, there are many such places, both in and around Thirthahalli, where you can go hiking and trekking. The Kundadri Hills nearby is the real treat for nature lovers. Many holy places like the Rameshwara temple, Sri Lakshmi Venkataramana temple among others also adorn Thirthahalli.