Shimoga Tourism

Shimoga Tourism

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Malini G
  • Malini G
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"Be a Part of the Monsoon Magic!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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,....... More
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Praveen kumar Kundyana
  • Praveen kumar Kundyana
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 8 Reviews

"Good place for nature lovers"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 months ago
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....... More
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  • Amara
  • 4 Reviews

"Enjoyable place."

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 5 months ago
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....... More
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  • Krupakaran
  • 3 Reviews

"Trip to Shimoga"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 months ago
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....... More
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  • Aslam
  • 4 Reviews

"Lovely trip, would visit again"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 6 months ago
The experience in Shimoga was very good. We enjoyed so much had so much fun while travelling and being there in hotels at Jog Falls. We have enjoyed that trip so much and also enjoyed the Jog Falls and the best services of hotels. And to be....... More
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Shimoga Info

  • 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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