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SMET/Shivamogga Town (Shimoga) (3 PFs)
ಶಿವಮೊಗ್ಗ ಟೌನ್     शिवमोग्गा टाउन / शिमोग्गा टाउन

Track: Single Diesel-Line

SH 25,Shanthi Nagar, Shimoga.
State: Karnataka

Elevation: 579 m above sea level
Zone: SWR/South Western   Division: Mysuru (Mysore)

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Dec 03 2017 (17:02)   SMET/Shivamogga Town (Shimoga) (3 PFs)

Matt Stonie ‒ Phelps Challenge~   1269 blog posts
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Continued from: /blog/post/2846887
Shri Kuvempu's House is in Kuppalli in Theerthahalli taluk of Shivamogga district. There are no railway lines in this region. The nearest station is SMET. From Shivamogga you can take a bus directly to Kuppalli or take a bus to Theerthahalli first and then take another to Kuppalli. There are a lot of buses. It costs around 80 rs and takes about 2 hrs to reach the village.
the bus stop, its just about 1 Km to his house.
There are many things to see at this place.
The foremost is his house - "Kavimane" - "Poet's Home". This is a beautiful typical Malnad region house. Since photography is prohibited, I got only outside pics. The house is surrounded by wooded area and arecanut plantations. The house is naturally well-lit with each room's window opening to outside greenery. There is an open courtyard in the middle with a Tulasi plant in the middle. Other articles used in those days like wooden ladle, cooking utensils made of brass or copper. Big wooden boxes to store rice and various other implements of the day like heavy wooden cradle, palanquin are kept on display. There is also his marriage invitation which is framed. The pillars of the house are made of wood and quite exquisitely carved with designs. Now superbly polished and maintained in the same condition.
Then there is the first floor, which one can reach using steep wooden stairs. There his books, various awards, their citations, degrees are kept along with his personal belongings like glasses, shawls etc... The second floor similarly hosts similar memorabilia.
But to me the highlight of the entire place is the "Karnataka Ratna" award, of which he was the first recipient. It is huge and magnificiently made of brass.
The Jnanpith award was not here but with his family in Mysuru.
My description is inadequate :(
One has to see it to enjoy the place and the serene atmosphere. Outside the main house is the cow shed, which has a bullock cart of that era. The washing room for utensils and toilets are outside too. The whole house is surrounded by trees and breeze constantly keeps blowing through.
Just outside the house is the stairs that leads to the hill which is his final resting place called "Kavishaila". I couldn't go as the climb was tough and there is also a road that leads to the place, only people with vehicles make the trip . Granite slabs containing engraved poems of Kuvempu are there I was told.
After Kavimane when you walk back to the main road, there is Thaponandana which houses a gallery of his works and a centenary building where people gather and watch videos of his works and discuss.
Apart from this, there is another center for learning constructed by a University in his honor on the main road near the bus stand.
The whole place is beautiful surrounded by greenery all round. The walk of 1Km too was easy amidst plantations and fields and wooded area. Hats off to the Karnataka Government to restore his house and maintain it. For building the centenary building similar to the house construction and also his final memorial and the engravings of poems. It is an inspiring place even if one doesn't know Kannada,
It will truly be a great experience to see this Malnad type old house and spend some time amidst the lush western ghats.
The entry to this house costs 10 rs - the ticket itself has pics of various places for which also the ticket is eligible. Outside the house is a small shop to sell eatables to tourists. A well built toilet, very cleanly maintained is next to it.
Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. Open on all days.
The route to this place from Shivamogga itself is awesome with Tunga river or its dam's backwater accompanying you most of the way. On the way you can see house after house set amidst Arecanut plantation, with beet-red arecanuts being dried outside.
The whole Malnad region is worth a visit. See last 6 Pics:
1. Agumbe - one of India's highest rainfall receiving place, home to King Cobra Sanctuary, the place where Shankar Nag shot Malgudi Days is just 45 Kms from this place.
2. Sringeri - Famous as the place where Adi Shankara established the first mutt is some 40 Kms away.
3. The whole place has many many waterfalls. If you are interested further, you can see this person's videos where he explores all these places and lots of waterfalls: click here
and also this: click here
Only thing is... to explore Malnad, you need your own vehicle as buses don't reach all the places. And also for staying - homestays are a plenty here, but again costly. If you cant afford like me, then you need to just go there for a day and return :(

Dec 04 2017 (08:34)
YPR Belagavi train should run daily~   2725 blog posts   822 correct pred (70% accurate)
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It is my dream to go to Theerthahalli, want to read some of his works but understanding them is difficult for me as I am still learning Kannada & dont have very good grip with the language. Actually last year I was planning to go either to this place or UBL/GDG. Then booked to UBL side in the last moment as UBL side there are rail lines and I didnt know how to go to Theerthahalli & the frequency of buses from SMET. Next time will visit this great place.
Thanks maga for these wonderful captures :)

Dec 04 2017 (16:50)
Matt Stonie ‒ Phelps Challenge~   1269 blog posts
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The entire region is worth a lot of visits. I personally can't afford costly accommodation nor have my own vehicle.
You can also try to see all waterfalls nearby too, if you have your own vehicle. Except of course India's Highest Waterfall.

Dec 04 2017 (22:07)
YPR Belagavi train should run daily~   2725 blog posts   822 correct pred (70% accurate)
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I only go by public transport everywhere maga.

Golden jubilee of Kannada’s first Jnanpith:
Though Kuvempu was honoured with the award on December 20, 1968, it was for the year 1967
It has been 50 years since Kannada got its first Jnanpith award. Though it was conferred on Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa (Kuvempu) for his magnum opus Sri Ramayana Darshanam on December 20, 1968, it was for the year 1967.
He shared
the award with Umashankar Joshi, a Gujarati littérateur.
Now, to mark the landmark event, Rashtriya Kuvempu Pratishthana (RKP) has organised a two-day symposium in Kuppali, the birth place of the poet, on December 29 and 30. Writers and critics from across the State will on these two days share their views on Sri Ramayana Darshanam and the other works of Kuvempu.
Kadidal Prakash, RKP secretary, said that the the annual flower show held at Lalbagh this year during Independence Day was themed on Kuvempu Malenadu to commemorate the golden jubilee of Jnanpith for Kannada and Kuvempu. Pusphageethe, a collection of poems authored by Kuvempu on flowers and plants of Malnad, was also released during the flower show.
Kuvempu is the first among the eight recipients of Jnanapith for Kannada and he is the second among the Kannada poets to be revered as “Rashtrakavi.” His poem, Jayabharata Jananiya Tanujate, is the State anthem and his Uluva Yogi farmers’ anthem.
He was the eleventh vice-chancellor of University of Mysore and a university near Shivamogga has been named after him.
His birth place Kuppali near Tirthahalli has become a literary pilgrim centre for many, which is now a museum.
Kuvempu, who contributed to various genres of literature, including, poetry, novel, short stories, plays, literary criticisms, autobiography, translation, and essays has over 70 important works to his credit.
“It would be no exaggeration to say that Sri Ramayana Darshanam is the centre of Kuvempu's literary output,” says writer and president of Rashtrakavi Kuvempu Pratishthana, Hampa Nagarajaiah. “It is Ramayana epic in modern Kannada in an attempt to make it accessible to the present day,” he added.
Writer Shankar Mokashi Punekar has translated Sri Ramayana Darshanam into English with introduction by literary critic G.S. Amur. RKP has co-produced an 81-volume audio book containing recitations of and commentaries on the work.
Source: click here

Dec 22 2017 (11:11)
Matt Stonie ‒ Phelps Challenge~   1269 blog posts
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Thanks, I couldn't see the award as it was with his family in Mysuru.
The 'Karnataka Ratna' displayed there was a sight to behold.
Indeed great that the language of Kannada though smaller in size compared to other languages has produced 8 Jnanapeeth award winners. Highest if population ratio is considered. And Kuvempu served as the leading light for all.
His Ramayana version for
which, he was awarded this, is very long and detailed click here and took him almost 8 years to write.

Dec 22 2017 (11:21)
YPR Belagavi train should run daily~   2725 blog posts   822 correct pred (70% accurate)
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8years to complete this work, epic !!!! Kuvempu _/\_
If at all u are going again to Kuppali, please do tell me, I would also join you.

Dec 22 2017 (14:43)
Vinay Bharadwaj*^~   4869 blog posts   953 correct pred (74% accurate)
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What more can we ask.,.... Golden jubilee ... A perfect balanced poet between Right and Left which cannot be seen in these days.

Dec 22 2017 (14:49)
KJM WDM 3A Twins*^~   10200 blog posts   497 correct pred (74% accurate)
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Theerthahalli is an amazing place. Just love those areas. Particularly Agumbe , Mavinkatte region

Dec 22 2017 (15:39)
knkprasad956*^~   2355 blog posts
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Dec 29 2017 (00:09)
Matt Stonie ‒ Phelps Challenge~   1269 blog posts
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Today would be a significant day to visit this place.
click here
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Dec 29 2017 (10:48)
Soumitra Chawathe*^~   30357 blog posts   100923 correct pred (72% accurate)
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A Google Doodle in honour of Shri Kuvempu...

Dec 29 2017 (11:20)
Matt Stonie ‒ Phelps Challenge~   1269 blog posts
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Yes, nice tribute. Noticed at midnight and mentioned. /blog/post/2846887

Dec 29 2017 (15:55)
knkprasad956*^~   2355 blog posts
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A great honor to the great Poet
Station Tip
Aug 03 2015 (19:23)   SMET/Shivamogga Town (Shimoga) (3 PFs)

Appu MG   25 blog posts
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Retiring rooms available at station.
Many lodges available after about 1km from station while going to Shimoga city center.

Aug 03 2015 (19:44)
Ronnie Braganza~   119 blog posts
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Can it be booked online? what is the condition of the rooms & charges etc.

Feb 09 2016 (15:43)
Appu MG   25 blog posts
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Online booking absent. Rooms are OK from outside. Couldn't inspect inside. Will let you know the charges on next visit.
Station Tip
Aug 03 2015 (19:36)   SMET/Shivamogga Town (Shimoga) (3 PFs)

Appu MG   25 blog posts
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Alight here for Sringeri

Aug 03 2015 (19:41)
Jallikattu Is My Birth Right*   6739 blog posts   1641 correct pred (73% accurate)
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You can put all these in one blog rather than one blog for each attraction or place.
Station Tip
Aug 03 2015 (19:35)   SMET/Shivamogga Town (Shimoga) (3 PFs)

Appu MG   25 blog posts
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Get down here for Agumbe, Sringeri, Lion Safari Parks
Station Tip
Aug 03 2015 (19:27)   SMET/Shivamogga Town (Shimoga) (3 PFs)

Appu MG   25 blog posts
Entry# 1556850            Tags   Past Edits
No prepaid taxi/auto.
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