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Shimoga Tourism

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  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Heritage

Shimoga is the main city of Shimoga district in the state of Karnataka. The name 'Shimoga'  is derived from the term ‘Shiva-Mukha’, meaning,  'Face of Shiva'. Locally, it is called Shiva-Mogga. This place is famous for its landscapes, waterfalls and paddy fields. Shimoga district is popularly known as the ‘Rice Bowl’ of Karnataka..

The city is located 273 km southwest of Bangalore. It is bound by the districts of Davanagere to the east, Chikmagalur to the southeast, Udupi to the southwest, Haveri to the northeast, and North Canara (Uttara Kannada) to the northwest. The main rivers of Shimoga are Sharavathi, Varada, Tungabhadra and Kumudavathi, which play a main role in the production of paddy in this region.

History of Shimoga

Shimoga was formed during the advent of Emperor Ashoka, in the third century BC. It was ruled by the great Indian dynasties of the Chalukyas, Gangas, Kadambas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysals, Keladi Nayakas, Vijayanagar Kings and Mysore Maharajas. The city was a  part of the Mysore kingdom from the late 17th century until the Independence of India in 1947.

Things to do in Shimoga

The climate of Shimoga is tropical wet and dry. Rainfall occurs between June and early October. The hills of Shimoga are part of the Western Ghats, a place known for rainfall and greenery. Shimoga is also called the land of hills.

Jog Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in India is a major attraction of Shimoga. Originating from the Sharavathi River, it falls from a height of 253 meters (829 ft).  The alternative name of Jog Falls is ‘Gerusoppe’ and Gersoppa Falls. 

Agumba is known for its sunset view and heavy rainfall. Tourists come here during summer and winter season to see sunset. Kodachadri, the highest peak of Shimoga district and120 km from the place, is a hill station consisting of the Western Ghats. 

Keladi, the first capital of the Keladi Nayakas, is popular for a group of temples that display ancient architecture styles namely Kadamba, Hoysala and Dravida. The Museum in Keladi maintains a collection of palm leaves, copper inscriptions and coins from the Nayaka era.  

Besides these places, other tourist spots are Tunga, Linganmakki Dams, and Shivappa Naik Palace. The Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary, Gudavi bird sanctuaries, Tyarekoppa Lion Safari and Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp offer options of seeing wildlife and different bird species. Shimoga holiday packages is another option to explore the scenic destination. 

Travelling to do Shimoga

The nearest airport to the city is Mangalore, at a distance of 140 km from Shimoga. Taxi services are available from the airport to reach Shimoga. The city has a railway station and is connected to various Indian cities. The best time to visit Shimoga is between the months of October and March.

Accommodation options in Shimoga

Popular hotels in Shimoga include budget hotels, resorts and guesthouses hotels among others. 


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Bandana sahu

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  • 3 Reviews
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"Known for its rich beauty and famous picnic spots" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Shimoga has many tourist spots in and around the city. Connectivity is good and the roads are also fair enough for a good drive. No jet lags of the journey to trace back and good food joints. Shivamogga is known for its rich beauty and its world famous picnic spots such as Jog Falls, Tyavarekoppa sanctuary, Gajanur dam and Sakrebailu.
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Ms savithri

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"A place with scenic nature" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
No good food is available around. No proper parking in the places. Some of good historic religious places like Koodlu (which is confluence of Tunga and Badra rivers) are not maintained cleanly. Approach roads are not good. Also inside the Shimoga town, the roads are dusty and noisy.
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Subramaniyam Nainappa

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"Multi visit destination" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Shimoga has many tourist spots in and around the city. Connectivity is good and the roads are also fair enough for a good drive, no jet lags of the journey to trace back and good food joints, ice creams of Shimoga are a must have, apart from the local menu.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Shivamogga is known for its rich beauty"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I had been to shivamogga on a winter night. Shivamogga is known for its rich beauty and it's world famous picnic spots such as Jog Falls, tyavarekoppa sanctuary, gajanur dam, sakrebailu elephant camp and agumbe sunset view point. The roads leading from Shimoga to honnavar via sagar and shimoga to udupi via thirthahalli, agumbe, hebri and perdoor are must-visits. The ideal time to visit Shivamogga are during the monsoons and between September to March.
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Vijay Krishna

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"Exotic bird sanctuary and greenery around"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2015
It was very good. Worth going again. There is so much of greenery that you would love visiting again. There is so many places to see as well. For example, you have waterfalls, temples, zoos and some exotic bird sanctuaries as well. The best that I liked was the zoo, bird sanctuary and elephant sanctuary including the sun set from one of the top most places.
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"A weekend getaway place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jul 30, 2014
Shimoga is a place that's synonymous with the natures bounty waterfall of Jog Falls and has many other attractions. During my visit to Shimoga, I avoided Jog Falls being able to have seen it all these years. So my first visit of my trip was to one of the highest peaks of Karnataka, Kodachadri. Kodachadri is nestled in between Kollur and Hosanagara and it is a trekkers' delight. The second place was Hombuja, a Jain piligrimage center of Parsvanath being just off route to Ripponpet was blissful to experience spirituality. This turned out be a short trip of two days as it was a weekend.
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Malini G

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 Reviews
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"Be a Part of the Monsoon Magic!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Feb 19, 2014
Shimoga is the place to be if you are in Karnataka during monsoons. The rain Gods descend in this region with all their might and despite the stunted drop caused by the Linganamakki dam, the Jog leaps into life. Even during the other seasons, there are other places to appreciate and enjoy - Kuppalli, Thirthahalli, Agumbe etc. Been there twice and wouldn't mind going again!
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Praveen kumar Kundyana

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"Good place for nature lovers"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 23, 2013
Shimoga is a agrarian place with the majority of them involved in farming activities. The city though not a place to hang out, but the surrounding places of visit are awesome. Central place if you are visiting Kemmangundi, Mandagadde or Jog falls which one can not any way miss. Also, one can take of to Agumbe or Sringeri if on your travel plan. Avoid traveling in the monsoons, as it can be useless with continuous rains. Nov to Jan will be ideal for stay with some light warm clothes.
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"Enjoyable place."

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Nov 15, 2013
Shimoga is a very beautiful place of Karnataka with all facilities available. Bus stand is very modern and is connected to major cities of south India. I enjoyed the lush green city and well connected nice roads. Food facilities good in restaurant. Nice moderate temperature.
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"Trip to Shimoga"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 5, 2013
Overall experience is good, as we have lot of places to watch around
There are lot of places like jog falls, theerthahalli, sagar where we can spend time and enjoy the nature.
The jog falls is a good water falls to watch and even theerthahalli is a good place to see
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