About Shivamogga

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'. Packed with several marvels of nature in form of picturesque landscape, gorgeous waterfalls, mystical temples and lush green surroundings, its raw beauty will leave you absolutely enchanted. 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.

Place to must visit in Shivamogga

Places to Visit in Shivamogga

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Distance: 75 kms

Kodachadri Hills

Kodachadri Hills serve as a stunning backdrop of evergreen forests to the town of Maravanthe. Located in the Western Ghats at a height of 4411 feet above the sea level, they also proves to be one of the good trekking trails, beginning at the South Kanara Forest.

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Distance: 88 kms

Jog Falls

With a total drop height of 253 m, Jog Falls is the 2nd highest waterfall in India and probably one of the most majestic, around the globe. A faint cover of clouds, given an unforgiving gush of water and an occasional hint of rainbow, make it almost essential to visit the Jog falls, while you are in the state. Its name is derived from the Kannada word Jog which means falls. Jog falls is a perfect monsoon getaway for people in South and Western India as reaching here is pretty easy from Mangalore, Hubli, Bangalore and Goa. A Laser Light Show and Musical Karanji show is also held at the falls, everyday between 7:00PM and 9:00PM.

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Distance: 65 kms


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 famously known for the breathtaking sunsets over the Arabian Sea that can be witnessed from this region. 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. This place has made a significant contribution towards the protection of biodiversity in India. Being home to the extensive rainforest and the wide variety of flora and fauna, Agumbe houses the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station. This is India's oldest weather station which exclusively monitors any changes made in the rainforest areas. Interestingly, Agumbe is also called as the "Cobra Capital" because of the high number of Cobras found here. Tourists from all over flock to this mesmerising place to experience tranquillity. Agumbe provides great options for trekking beckoning the adventure enthusiasts to visit this offbeat destination hidden in the lap of nature.

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Distance: 25 kms

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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Distance: 14 kms

Gajanur Dam

Located 12 km from Shimoga en-route Thirthahalli, one can witness a perfect picnic spot in a way of Tunga Dam built over River Tunga. An Elephant Camp where elephants are trained can also be enjoyed there by visitors.

Experience Time: 1 day

Distance: 69 kms

Barkana Falls

The Barkana Falls are located between Agumbe and Shimoga and derive their name from ‘barka’, the mouse deer, a shy creature that inhabits this particular region. The trek route runs through the dense rainforests of the Western Ghats. During monsoons the regions starts buzzing with life as new streams begin to emerge and the canopy of vegetation gets dense enough for any traveller to lose orientation. The best time to visit these falls are in the early days of winter.

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Distance: 82 kms

Gudavi Bird Sanctuary

A paradise for bird watchers, Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is spread across an area of nearly 0.75 sq km. The sanctuary is located in the town of Sorab in the proximity of Shimoga on the banks of Gudvi Lake. It serves as a popular destination in the region and inhabits various species of migratory birds like white ibis, little cormorant, Indian shag, pariah kite, little grebe, jungle fowl etc. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from July to October.

Experience Time: 1 day

Distance: 70 kms

Jogigundi Falls

Tucked away from the prying eyes of the world, the Jogigundi Falls are situated in the midst of the dense forests of Western Ghats. The unique feature of these falls is the point of origination. Unlike traditional waterfalls they do not fall from a height, instead they originate from a cave and run through a hill. The trek route is not difficult and is an ideal destination for a half day visit. The place is made up of eroded rock and lush green forest and there is a natural pool of water at the end of the trek where you can swim and enjoy the bounties of Nature.

Experience Time: 1 day

Distance: 71 kms

Onake Abbi Falls

Agumbe, which is also known as ‘the Cherrapunji of the South’, is located in Shimoga District in Karnataka. Home to a large number of waterfalls and rich biodiversity, Agumbe is considered to be a trekker's paradise. The Onake Abbi falls is one of the many waterfalls that Nature has bestowed on this place. The trek to the top of the fall is relatively short covering a distance of about 4-5 kilometers. The trail runs through a dense forest that is rich in flora and fauna. The summit of the trek offers a breathtaking view of the entire waterfall as it cascades from a height of 500 feet.

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Distance: 9 kms


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.

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Distance: 15 kms

Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp

Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp is a place where one can see herds of Elephants being trained. Situated at a distance of nearly 14 km from the town of Shimoga, it is a quite popular spot among tourists.

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Distance: 5 kms


The Varanasi of South, Koodli, is amongst the holiest places of Southern India and the site of confluence of two holy rivers Tunga & Bhadra. A place endowed with a lot of history and religious importance, Koodli has been an important place of worship, meditation and peace from ancient times. It is located at a distance of mere 16 km from the city of Shimoga in Shimoga district. A place filled with peace, faith and piety Koodli is a must see if you find yourself in Shimoga. The small village is home to some really important and old temples whose origin goes back to the beginning of the last millennium. The place is known as the _ãÄVaranasi of South_ã_ due to the presence of temples like Rameshvara, Narsimha, Brahmeshvara, and Rushyashrama. It is also home two great philosophical schools of Hindu philosophy in the form Shankaracharya Mutt and Koodli Arya Akshobhya Teertha Mutt. Standing at the meeting point of Tunga and Bhadra one cannot help but immerse himself in the peace and tranquility that surrounds the place.

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Distance: 9 kms

Tavarekoppa Tiger and Lion Safari

Located 10 km from Shimoga, a thick cover of forest is situated there inhabiting tigers and lions moving freely in its deep parts. A lion and tiger safari began there in 1988, across a huge area of 200 hectares. It is a picnic spot enriched with varied types of flora and fauna hidden in its every nook and corner. Offering a entrancing views through safaris and special recreational ones for kids, one is suppose to follow the strict rule of not using the camera while on the safari.

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Distance: 10 kms

Shivappa nayaka Palace Museum

Lying on the banks of River Tunga, the Shivappanaika Palace is a popular attraction located within the Shimoga town. A very much sought after destination among tourists, the palace was established by Shivappa Naik of Keladi during 16th century and was crafted brilliantly out of rosewood. One can witness the relic of bygone era in a museum that resides inside the palace, showcasing beautiful stone carving and other belongings of the period.

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Distance: 0 kms

Shopping in Shimoga

A very famous tourist destination in Karnataka, Shimoga also has a storehouse of stuff to offer its shopaholic visitors. It is mainly famous for handicrafts, rosewood carvings, sandalwood, sarees with kasuti work and wooden toys laced in lacquer. The market is abundant with a wide variety of clothes of different materials ranging from silk to chiffon and jewellery, much to the female shopper's delight. Flowers are a speciality of the market too, especially during festivals seasons. Durries and trinkets made of natural fibres are a rage. Buyers can also purchase ceramics and other lacquerware. Nehru Avenue or Nehru Road, Balraj Urs Road, Durgigudi, Gandhi Bazaar, B.H. Road, Savalanga Road and Shivappayanaka Market are the most commercial marketing areas. Shimoga also has a good mall culture. These are modern shopping complexes housing a plethora of needs of the customer including restaurants and gaming zones. The ones worth visiting are Shri Lakshmi Galaxy, Mega Mart, Vikram Collections and KSRTC Shimoga Mall.

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Distance: 2 kms


Keladi is a village in the Shimoga District known for its rich past and culture. Once served as the first capital of the Keladi Nayaka Kingdom, today this prime location is adorned with two popular spots i.e. Rameshwara Temple and Keladi Museum. . Rameshwara Temple and Keladi Museum. The temple devoted to Lord Rameshwara is a finest example of three styles of architecture namely Hoysala, Dravidian and Kadamba. The temple also houses the shrines of Lord Veerbhadra and Goddess Parvati. The museum in the village contains an antique collection of artifacts and other souvenirs of the bygone era belonging to Keladi Nayaks. There are also several idols, sculptures, copper inscriptions, coins and palm leaves reflecting the rich heritage of Chalukya and Hoysala period.

Experience Time: Less than 1 hour

Distance: 82 kms

Linganamakki Dam

Linganamakki Dam is one of the largest man-made water reservoirs of the country. Stretching over the Sharavathi River, it is at a distance of 6 km from the world-famous Jog Falls and is located in the Sagara Taluk near Kargal town. The scenery here is exhilarating with magnificent views of forested islands and hills covered in dense foliage. The length of the dam is a mere 2.4 km but owing to the width, its water storing capacity is much higher than any other dam. It has resulted in beautiful backwaters, dotted with myriad islands. The islands are rich in biodiversity, and it is a lot of fun hopping from one to another on a kayak. The dam was constructed by the Kerala State Government in 1964 with the initial purpose of providing irrigation facilities in the area. Later, another objective of supplying fresh drinking water was added. It derives most of its water requirements from the annual rainfall. Another water support of this dam is Chakra and Savahaklu water reservoirs, which are linked to the dam through a canal. A hydroelectricity plant has also been established. For tourists, boating facilities and other water sports activities are available. There is also a park for kids. Various migratory birds and crocodiles can be spotted here. Few scenes from Tamil action thriller 'Lingaa' were shot here. The Linganamakki dam rises to a whopping height of 1,819 feet above the sea level. This dam is the primary feeder reservoir for the Mahatma Gandhi Hydro Electric Power Unit. It was designed to seize around 4,368 million cubic meters of water in an area measuring up to 300 square km, submerging around 50.62 square km of the wetlands and 7 square km of the dry land; the rest being forest land and wasteland. The water from the Linganamakki Dam flows down to Talakalale Balancing Reservoir through a trapezoidal canal. The adjoining powerhouse (located on the left-hand side of the dam) has a power generation capacity of 55 MW, from two generating units. These units are driven by vertical axis Kaplan Turbines.

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Distance: 60 kms


Kundadari is a place for trekkers, situated about 12 km from Thirthahalli. A paradise for trekking lovers, it offers a good trail with a Kundadri Hill which is huge single rock formation and many protrusions. With a Jain pilgrim located its center, one has to follow a rough paved path strewn up to the hill.

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Distance: 59 kms

Sacred Heart Church

The second largest church in India, the sacred Heart Church is a fine example of an architectural marvel of Shimoga. It is a Catholic Church spread over an area of 18000 sq ft. The structure of the church is quite incredible built in a Roman and Gothic styles and houses a big prayer hall with a huge space for 5000 people. However, a statue of Jesus is the salient feature of the church attracting people in large numbers.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 6 kms


A unique village that merges ancient India with modern civilisation, the village of Hosahalli, along with its twin village Mattur, is known across the world as the only place where the ancient Sanskrit language is still spoken on a day-to-day basis. Situated on the banks of the Tunga River, 4 km away from the city of Shimoga, Hosahalli is one of the two villages in India where Sanskrit is the official language. The villagers also speak the rare dialect called Sanketi, a unique mixture of Sanskrit, Tamil and Kannada. The villagers of this quaint community are fluent in Sanskrit, one of the oldest languages in the world, and use it in their day to day life. Hosahalli, once part of the great empire of Vijayanagara, is full of marvellous temples like the Lord Channakeshava temple with an impressive Rajagopuram (royal temple tower) at its entrance, the Shri Rama mandiram at the heart of the village where devotional singing or bhajans are recited on Saturdays and festive days, and the Lord Shiva temple situated on the bank of river Tunga. These temples are a great testament to the religious and traditional lifestyle observed in this village, to which the villagers are committed to preserving. There lies a bridge across the Tunga river to connect to the Mattur village.

Experience Time: 2 days

Distance: 77 kms


If you are travelling to the city in mid-January, you will be quite lucky to participate in one of the most awaited festivals not only in Shimoga but also in the whole state. Pongal is celebrated to honour The Sun God or Surya devata. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm and vigour. A special dish is prepared with rice, cardamom, jaggery and cashew nuts and is consumed on the festival day. Pongal is essentially a winter harvest festival which corresponds to the festival of Makar Sankranti or Lohri that is celebrated around the same time in India's Northern States. It is one of the most important festivals for the people in Tamil Nadu. The festivities are usually spread over 3 days from Jan 13 to Jan 16 or from Jan 14 to Jan 17. The 4 days of the festival are called Bhogi (Day 1), Thai Pongal (Day 2), Maatu Pongal (Day 3), and Kaanum Pongal (Day 4). On Day1, people clean out their houses, discard old belongings in a ritual quite similar to that of Holika in North India. Houses are painted and decorated and new possessions are celebrated. Day 2 is marked by preparation of sweets and savouries out of rice and milk to celebrate prosperity. Day 3 is focused on cattle as they are bathed and their horns painted. Women folk also pray for the longevity and well-being of their brothers in a tradition called Kanu Pidi. Day 4 is the day of visits to one's family members and relatives as a lot of reunions are held. Men also visit their married sisters with gifts

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Bhadra River Project Dam

The Bhadra dam is constructed on the river Bhadra, which is a tributary of the River Tungabhadra. The dam is surrounded by lush greenery and is a majestic place to be at. The river is beautiful and is home to rare birds like the red spur fowl, emerald dove, black woodpecker and green imperial pigeon.

Experience Time: 1 - 2 hrs

Distance: 6 kms


A tiny village in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, the quaint little Mattur, along with its twin village Hosahalli, is famous across the world for being one of the few existing locations where the ancient language of Sanskrit is used colloquially and in routine conversation. Despite the regional language of Karnataka being Kannada, the inhabitants of Mattur are fluent in Sanskrit and use it to on their signboards and in their daily life. The Vedas, one of the oldest texts in the world, are taught at the schools here. Not only are the villagers committed to maintaining their traditional way of living, they are also more than willing to impart this knowledge on anyone who is interested, a fine method of preserving India's oldest language, spoken by less than 1% of the country's population. Apart from the unique way of life practised here, the village is also home to a small group of temples, situated at a distance of 800 metres from the main village square. This temple complex houses a temple of Lord Rama, a Shivalaya and a Someshwara temple. The premises of the complex is well decorated, with a cute garden and a small freshwater stream flowing near it.The beautiful Mattur lake, with its lovely blue waters, is located close to the village. Across the river Tunga is a bridge built to connect with the village Hosahalli.

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Nagara Fort

The beautiful Nagara Fort of Shimoga is built on a small hill near a lake and is a must visit place. The fort has a well developed system to circulate water, and also comprises of a large Darbar Hall and two tanks known as Akka Thangi Kola, apart from a cannon.

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Shiva Temple

The Shiva Temple in Shimoga is an ancient stone temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built in 11th century in the Shilahar kingdom, the beautiful temple is situated on the bank of river Krishna in the village of Khidrapur. It also houses a Swarg Madap, which means a room without a roof.

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Gandhi Park

The Mahatma Gandhi Park is one of the oldest parks in Shimoga, and is used widely by the locals. It comprises of a swimming pool, a path for joggers, a play area for kids and a small train that runs in the park. Different flower shows are also conducted here.

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