Shimoga Tourism
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Shimoga Tourism

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Shimoga Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Shimoga

History of Shimoga

Situated on the banks of the Tunga River, Shimoga is known as the ‘Gateway to Malnad’. Archaeological excavations indicate that the history of the city dates back to the 3rd century B.C. Once a part of Emperor Ashoka’s Mauryan Empire, it was later ruled by the Kadambas, Chalukyas, and Hoysalas before becoming a part of the Kingdom of Mysore. Poet Kuvempu (Dr K.V. Puttappa) hails from this city which is known for its contributions to the Indian freedom struggle. Many of the places to see in Shimoga are of historical importance.

People and Culture of Shimoga

Kannada is the language commonly spoken by people in the region though there are those who speak Urdu, Hindi, and Tamil also. Hindus account for about 85 percent of the populace with Muslims comprising around 12 percent. Buddhists and Christians are in a minority as also the Havyaka Brahmins and the Sanketis. The two latter groups speak their own languages —Havigannada, which is a variation of Kannada, and Sanketi language. Visitors on a trip to Shimoga are impressed with its atmosphere of religious harmony.

Things to Do in Shimoga

Of the places to visit in Shimoga, Gandhi Park in the heart of the city is a fun place for families to spend some time. There is also an aquarium on the premises for those on Shimoga sightseeing. The elephant training camp at Sakkarebayalu, located around 14 kms from the city is where visitors can catch a glimpse of majestic elephants being trained by qualified mahouts. Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari is one of the popular picnic spots in Shimoga, located about 10 kms from the city, and houses a zoo and children’s park.

The famous Jog Falls is found on the list of Shimoga tourist places. This is because it is the nearest big city to the falls. Bhadra River Project Dam, Gudavi Bird Sanctuary, Gajanur Dam, Agumbe, and Keladi are some other Shimoga attractions.

Food and Shopping in Shimoga

A variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian restaurants and eateries offer a wide range of food options to those on a Shimoga tour. Sampling Akki Roti, Bisibele Baath, Jolada Rotti, Chiroti, Obbattu, and Halasina Hannina Kadubu should figure on the list of things to do in Shimoga.

Shimoga is known for its rosewood carvings, handicrafts, and silk products. The local shops are a must on the list of Shimoga places to visit. Handwoven saris, durries made of natural fibre, and ceramics are some of the items that are locally produced. Take a break from sightseeing in Shimoga to shop for some souvenirs to take home.

Accommodation in Shimoga

As regards options on how to reach Shimoga, the nearest airport is at Mangalore, which is located 140 kms away. There is a railway station in Shimoga and regular trains connect the city to Mysore and Bangalore. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) runs different types of buses to and fro from the city to various parts of the state. Quite a few private operators also ply buses on these routes. Accommodation options include budget hotels in Shimoga as well as resorts and home stays in the vicinity. There are plenty of comfortable choices for families, business travellers, couples, and groups travelling together.


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Sashikiran j

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  • Sashikiran j
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
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"Beautiful & next booming city Shimoga"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 5, 2016
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
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  • 7 Reviews
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"Awesome place to spend your winter with good sightseeing"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 30, 2015
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
  •  2711 readers

"One of the best City in Karnataka"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 26, 2015
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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  • 5 Reviews
  •  2196 readers

"Excellent place!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 25, 2015
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 Nov 11, 2015
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 Nov 10, 2015
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 Nov 6, 2015
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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  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  •  1725 readers

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

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 2, 2015
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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"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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