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General Information about Shimoga

Around 300 kms from Bangalore, renamed as Shivmogga, Shimoga has always enjoyed its status of being a place blessed with immense natural aura and beauty. Shimoga is irrigated by the Tunga and Bhadra River. Home to numerous waterfalls, the place truly decks up itself in the months of Monsoon- The tallest waterfalls in India, Jog Falls also cascade down the rocky edges of Shimoga.

With nature in its full bloom, the town of Shimoga has been a home to several great dynasties and kingdoms. Steeped in rich heritage and culture, this main city of Shimoga District derives its name from the words 'Shiv-Mukha' implying 'Face of Lord Shiva'.

Blessed with swaying palms and verdant paddy fields, the place has earned itself a nickname of rice bowl as well as the bread basket of Karnataka. With four rivers namely Sharavathi, Kumudavath, Tungabhadra and Varada making their way into the city, gurgling and bubbling adds mystical charm to the region. Pleasant weather, beautiful rolling hills, profusion of areca nuts and endless list of attractions has made this place a must for enthusiastic vacation makers.

Shimoga is a beautiful and picturesque city which is known for its enthralling waterfalls and landscapes. The place opens arms to tourists from all over with its scenic locations and attractions. The best time to enjoy some time close to nature through this place is the winter season which starts in October and ends with March. The weather remains favorable during this time of the year.

Shimoga is a getaway with tourist pouring in large number. Being located in South India one may expect the South Indian cuisine to be predominant in the area. Paayasa, Thambli, Avalakki are some of the popular dishes in Shimoga.

One Day Itinerary

Shimoga is a small place that can be explored in 1-2 days. It is better if you stay for two days. On the first day, you can start by visiting the Sakrebyle Elephant camp early in the morning. Then you can visit the Mangadde bird sanctuary during the afternoon, and end the day by an evening safari at the Tyavarekoppa Lion & Tiger sanctuary. You can try authentic south Indian food at night.

The next day, you should start early morning and visit the Jog falls which are a must visit. If you are interested in trekking, you can opt for the Kodachadri trek; or you can try your hand at river rafting, kayaking, and canoeing in the Sharavathi Nature trails. On your way back, you can visit the Shivappanaika Palace Museum and the Gajanur dam.


Few Places of Interest :

Jog Falls
One of the most sought after attraction and natural wonder in the region, Jog Falls is located nearly 100 km from Shimoga town. Lying in Sagara, it is the 11th highest waterfall in India created by Sharavathi River. The waterfall has earned over the years a few number of names i.e. Gersoppa falls, Gerusoppe Falls and Jogada Gundi. The fall plunges from an elevation of 253 m and pours in four parts namely Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket. A 30 minutes walk will take you at the bottom of the fall and at Watkin's platform, you can admire the spell binding views of the surroundings. The ideal time to explore the place is either during or after the monsoon and the place can be reached by a car or a bus from Shimoga.

Situated about 115 km away from Shimoga town, Kodachadri is a peak in Western Ghats packed full of flora and fauna. Kollur, lying at the base of the Kodachadri about 20 kms away was one the home to Adi Mookambika, devoted to Mother Goddess who ended the life of demon Mookasura. Other major attractions lying in the vicinity are Agastya Teertha Waterfalls, and Arisinagudi Waterfalls.


Located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, Agumbe is a tiny village often referred to as the "Cherrapunji of South India". This biodiversity-rich region highest rainfall in south India and the second highest annual rainfall in India. Visiting Agumbe is an enriching experience as this hill station and picturesque beauty coupled with trekking trails and gushing rainfalls. It is one of the last surviving lowland rainforests. This beautiful place served as the setting for India's very famous fictional town Malgudi in the TV serial Malgudi Days.

Agumbe is home to some rare species of medicinal plants like Myristica, Listsaea, Garcinia, Diospyros, Eugenia and Ficus which is why it is also known as "Hasiru Honnu" which means green is gold. Agumbe houses the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station. This is India's oldest weather station which exclusively monitors any changes made in the rainforest areas. Agumbe is also called as the "Cobra Capital" because of the high number of Cobras found here.

A popular picnic spot rich in fauna, Tyavarekoppa is located about 10 km from Shimoga town. Covering a huge area of 200 hectares, the place is renowned for its Lion and Tiger Safari which commenced in the year 1998. Apart from safari, the place also inhabits animal like leopard, deer, sloth beer etc. A zoo and a children's park can also be enjoyed at Tyavarekoppa.

Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary
Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is a small picturesque island located in the River Tunga nearly 32 km from Shimoga town on the way to Thirthahalli. The perfect time to explore the island, which is a part of Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary, is from July to October during which the island is visited by plethora of migratory birds such as darter, egret, snake-bird, cormorant etc


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