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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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Sashikiran j

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  • Sashikiran j
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  316 readers

"Beautiful & next booming city Shimoga"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Very beautiful city, huge scope of growth in terms of business real estate, calm & peaceful. Wide roads, best educational institutions, so on. Hats of to Dr. Yediyurappa for developing the city. Close to Shimoga is Jog falls, sagara, food is awesome you can experience traditional food.
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Shridhar1 Rao

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  • Shridhar1 Rao
  • Lives in Bengalooru
  • 5 Reviews
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"Awesome place to spend your winter with good sightseeing"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The climate is the best part of this travel along with cozy hotels. Winter is the perfect time for journey with good views of fog covered hill tops during mornings. Anyone with love for nature will definitely visit this place which is around 200km from Bangalore with good availibility of bus sevices from Bangalore. I visited resorts, rivers and hills during the stay for a period of 20 days.

Benne dose is a must have food in these places along with Rava Idli. The place is less developed hence the places such as malls are none but there are many number of small eateries and theatres called tents to entertain. Table tennis and basketball were provided at the resort which was very close to the river. Hill climbing used to be the activity during mornings. I would recommend you to take lots of sweaters as the temperature will be 15 degrees. The Bangalore Shivamogga expressway is the best route to take.
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Ajay Kanale

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  • Ajay Kanale
  • Lives in Shimoga
  • 3 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"One of the best City in Karnataka"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Shimoga is the capital of Malnad. The weather is awesome & best for all type of people There are many hidden tourist spots. If you want to know about those places you have to enquire local people. If you are a photography lover or adventure loving person then it is best place for trekking photography nd many more and the is good traffic is less nd it is really a cool place to live.
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Mohan Tulasungam

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  • Mohan Tulasungam
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Excellent place!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Good and cool climate keeps you happy and energetic. Veg and Non-veg foods are available at reasonable rates. Plenty of temples dot this town. During the road trip, saw the rivers Tunga and Bhadra which later join at one place to be known later as ThungaBhadra. Auto's and other conveyance and public transports are available.
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Gan karkikar

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"Jog falls-A must see"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This is a wonderful natural falls to river Sharavati. During rainy season it is wonderful. When ever you visit Shimoga, Sagar, please make it a point to visit this natural wonder. During dry season the falls weeps. They are trying to re pump the fallen water and make it luxurious with different colour lights.
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Mahesh S

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  • Mahesh S
  • Lives in Udupi
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"Ooty- tourist attractions"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We have many tourist attraction surrounding Shimoga, like Jog Falls, Agumbe, Mandagadde Bird sanctuary, shivappa nayaka palace, tunga bhadra backwaters, gajanur dam, sakrebail elephant camp.
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Sachin Raikar

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  • Sachin Raikar
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A great malenad stay"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Awesome place to be there. Weather is superb. City is covered with mountains and greenery. I visited all the places around the Shimoga. Every place satisfied me it's unique nature. Its been so long that I'm not visited there. Planning to be asap.
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Srikirann Naidu

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"Best stop-over Place for site seeing in Central Karnataka"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Shimoga (Shivamogga) is the best stop-over place to visit most popular locations in Karnataka. It is just 4-5 hours drive, beautiful roads via Ariskere. Popular places include Jog Falls, Agumbe, Hampi, Belur, Sigandur, Kollur Mookambika, Murudeshwar, Udipi. And so many secret water falls. I have been there 1 month back and stayed in Royal Orchid. You have many good hotels to stay.
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Priyaanka Patil

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  • Priyaanka Patil
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"An average place to go"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted Oct 28, 2015
There is nothing to see in and around Shimoga. Wasted a day. The national park was closed. The bird sanctuary has no birds basically. We just could see one type of bird there. Wonder who has declared it as a sanctuary.
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K prakash

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  • K prakash
  • Lives in Bagalkot
  • 4 Reviews
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"Shimoga, a nice destination!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 5, 2015
Nice place to visit. One day You can plan to visit there. So many places are there to see around Shimoga for example falls, tiger safari, etc. Shopping in bazaar, holy places. Gardens are there for kids entertainment. Entertainment full dhamal for kids and all aged peoples. Overall good place to visit there for all the kids and middle aged peoples.
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